The Smiths To Release New 7″ Single With Two Unreleased Songs


“Reissue, repackage, repackage!” Morrissey famously crooned on 1987’s “Paint A Vulgar Picture,” and those words have become entirely prescient as the last two decades have seen The Smiths’ catalog endlessly repurposed for a variety of singles compilations and greatest hits packages.

But here’s something rabid Smiths fans can truly, truly get excited about: Warner Music U.K. will be issuing an as-yet-unheard “demo mix” of “The Boy With The Thorn in His Side” from 1985’s essential The Queen Is Dead.

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As Billboard reports, the B-side is an “unissued cut” of “Rubber Ring,” in which Morrissey intones that “the most impassionate song to a lonely soul is so easily outgrown.”

Let’s hope sales prove this sentiment wrong.

Morrissey handpicked the new cover art, which features Albert Finney. A release date has yet to be set.

So is there any possibility of a Smiths reunion in this or any other alien dimension? Perhaps.

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As Johnny Marr writes in his new memoir Set The Boys Free, the band almost decided to get back together in the recent past.

“For four days re-forming the Smiths was a very real prospect,” he writes.