Interview with the Fifth Smith, Craig Gannon - C-86 Show

The ever good C-86 show hosted by David Eastaugh interviews Craig Gannon. Interesting bit about how Morrissey and Marr had been thinking of adding a second guitarist after watching Easterhouse. Interview with Craig Gannon C-86 Show


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Craig Gannon in conversation with David Eastaugh

Gannon had played in bands with friends since he was 12 years old, and in 1983 joined Aztec Camera after replying to an ad in Melody Maker. In 1984 he briefly joined The Colourfield, and went on to join The Bluebells.

After another brief stint in The Colourfield, when bass player Andy Rourke was fired from The Smiths in early 1986, Gannon was hired to replace him. Within a fortnight, however, Rourke was reinstated and Gannon moved to rhythm guitar becoming the official fifth member, playing on the "Panic" and "Ask" singles and touring the UK, Canada and the US with the band. Gannon also played on the scrapped single "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby", which was included on The World Won't Listen compilation album. After the tour ended in October 1986, Gannon was no longer part of the line-up. Gannon has been affectionately known thereafter as "the Fifth Smith".
 
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Verso

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Why do you think that? As much as I love Strangeways, it has great songs and no indie guitar band that’s come after can even come close to it’s power and brilliance.
And yet, I would still go with The Queen Is Dead as my favorite.
There’s something about the vibe on Strangeways that I can’t put my finger on, there’s just something missing that’s not missing on the Smiths recordings that came before it.

Maybe it sounds too polished for a Smiths record ? I don’t know.
In my opinion, a unique shortcoming of the Smiths is that they really aren't an album band. Morrissey and Marr's obsession with singles and pop music actually get the better of them in that regard.

Despite the fact that they're one of my favorite bands for all eternity, I don't think any of their albums are particularly good. Meat is Murder sounds the most cohesive to me, followed by their debut. Both TQID and Strangeways feel off-kilter and bloated to me for different reasons. No real flow on either of them.

I probably listen to Louder Than Bombs the most.
 

Cornflakes

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Problem with Strangeways is tracks 7, 8 and 9. The lyrics are among the weakest in the Smiths catalogue. Not sure whether it was just the pressure to get an album out, or Moz getting too big for his boots. In Autobiography, Morrissey talks about Geoff Travis telling him that Strangeways had a fantastic A side but the B side didn't live up to it. I think we are supposed to laugh mockingly at Travis's knownothingness, but he had it bang on.
 

GirlAfraidWillNeverLearn

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Problem with Strangeways is tracks 7, 8 and 9. The lyrics are among the weakest in the Smiths catalogue. Not sure whether it was just the pressure to get an album out, or Moz getting too big for his boots. In Autobiography, Morrissey talks about Geoff Travis telling him that Strangeways had a fantastic A side but the B side didn't live up to it. I think we are supposed to laugh mockingly at Travis's knownothingness, but he had it bang on.

Paint A Vulgar Picture weak? I think it's one of the strongest tracks on the album. An essential Morrissey lyric.
Unhappy Birthday is musically beautiful and I have a soft spot for Death At One's Elbow. I know it's probably one of the most hated Smiths songs amongst fans but I love it for its weirdness and macabre ghoulish lyrics.
 
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MollyMaeMorrissey

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Why was Rourke fired

Why ? Because Morrissey left a note on Andy's windshield that said, "Andy, you are no longer a member of The Smiths.", or words quite the same, eh Morrissey ? Blame Mr. Rogan, we've all read em.
 

Mozmar

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Paint A Vulgar Picture weak? I think it's one of the strongest tracks on the album. An essential Morrissey lyric.
Unhappy Birthday is musically beautiful and I have a soft spot for Death At One's Elbow. I know it's probably one of the most hated Smiths songs amongst fans but I love it for its weirdness and macabre ghoulish lyrics.
Agree.
It's one of my favourite albums...although tinged with the sadness that it was their last.
 
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Anonymous

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I wish Morrissey had talked more about how he comes up with melodies in his autobio. He is masterful at it and still innovating after all these years. He is one of the best pop melody writers of all time I feel, comparable even to the Beatles.
You can't say that if you've ever heard first the Smiths album. He's developed his writing skill over the years but his melody is too monotonous even though his voice and uniqueness cover that. You can see a lot of cases his melody kills the song especially in the Smiths songs.
 

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