Has the world changed or have I changed? - Pop Music Heroes: The Smiths
I must admit I am a product of The Smiths’ ideas to a large extent. They were the only and most fascinating group in pop music to me and represented the fuel of imagination for my poor, miserable self during my teenage years. They were a model for how talented, creative and imaginative artists should stand against general mediocrity and the packs of insufferable posers nourished by the vicious and criminal media.
Want get to know their work? No problem. Just hit the below link for a small treat. Yes, go ahead; I promise you won’t be disappointed.
“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” Paul Gauguin
I toil with the subject of inspiration and plagiarism day in and day out. It’s too hard not to cross the thin line between “borrowing” or “stealing” an idea when composing an artistic piece. In fact, me and many other artists have walked this crossroad many a times.
With that in mind, I’ve decided to post a list of songs that “borrow” from other sources for your listening pleasure.
Now remember this kids: A real genius steals blind!
1. “I’m So Green” by Can (INSPIRATION)
2. “Fools Gold” by The Stone Roses (BORROWER)
3. “Metal Guru” by T-Rex (INSPIRATION)
4. “Panic” by The Smiths (BORROWER)
5. “Run Run Run” by The Velvet Underground (INSPIRATION)
6. “Probation Blues” by The Strange Boys (BORROWER)
7. “War Or Hands Of Time” by The Masters Apprentices (INSPIRATION)
8. “Last Post on the Bugle” by The Libertines (BORROWER)
9. “Hitch Hike” by Marvin Gaye (INSPIRATION)
10. “There She Goes Again”by The Velvet Underground (BORROWER)
11. “Hot, I Need To Be Loved Loved Loved” by James Brown (INSPIRATION)
12. “Fame” by David Bowie (BORROWER)
13. “Three Girl Rhumba” by Wire (INSPIRATION)
14. “Connection” by Elastica (BORROWER)
15. “Glory” by Television (INSPIRATION)
16. “Disturbance At The Heron House” by R.E.M. (BORROWER)
A rare demo of The Smiths’ classic ‘Paint a Vulgar Picture’ has recently surfaced and I decided to share it here with anyone thirsty for good music. To make it even more appealing to those desirous souls out there, I’ve also added a hatful of unreleased versions of their songs to the mix.
It’s a fact widely known to anyone who loves Morrissey and Marr’s work that finding never-released or demo versions of their songs is an unequivocally hard task. The songwriting duo worked doggedly and relentlessly, and pretty much released all of their material before dissolving their partnership at the end of the eighties. Recently though, more than a handful of demos with their songs have sprung up on the net astounding fans worldwide to a stupor of excitement. And although very much a cliche, that old saying is proved right yet again: it’s better late than never.
So, hit the link if you’re a Smiths’ fan for the file containing ‘Paint a Vulgar Picture’ and a few other goodies.