- Released in 1984, The Smiths' eponymous debut album was eagerly awaited
by those who had become followers of the odd quartet. Despite some
excellent songwriting, the production was strangely leaden, although
it certainly has a charm of its own.
said on its release "I think it's a signal post in music".
The original version
did not have "This Charming Man" on it, but still provided an excellent if
fairly young view of The Smiths and their music. The album starts off
with the drum intro of the sublime "Reel Around The Fountain" and ends, after
highs and lows of sincere beauty, with
the infamous track "Suffer Little Children", which, of course, was the
centrepiece of the Moors Murderers "scandal".
This album was originally produced by Troy Tate, and entitled
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. The Smiths
were understandably unhappy with the production, and insisted on
re-recording the album. They booked a studio for
two weeks to re-record the songs with John Porter, whom they had recently
worked with recording BBC sessions, and
layed down the tracks which appear on this album on a shoe-string budget of
The production, although easily criticised, seemed to bring Morrissey's voice into
a more personal light; a good example being the haunting "Suffer Little Children".