With their latest album, No One Is Lost, Canadian indie rockers Stars found inspiration in the roller skate-wearing, boogie-wooging disco culture of the 1970s. During a recent in-studio session for WXPN, the outfit got a chance to highlight a slightly different influence: The Smiths.
Armed with acoustic guitars, the band’s own Torquil Campbell and Chris Seligman paid homage to the perpetual inspiration of Morrissey and co. by covering 1984’s “What Difference Does It Make?”. The resulting rendition lacks the punch and jangle of the original, but Campbell’s vocals do a damn impressive job of recreating Morrissey’s inherent moodiness and pronounced penchant for dramatics.
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
This is a work of fiction, not another chapter in Bill O'Reilly's Killing ______ series. Although this group of short stories doesn't actually pursue the killing of Britian's renowned/notorious Cold War leader, it does take a darkly humorous approach to all of its narratives. If we had to pick someone else who hoped for Thatchers death while playing the sardonic card, we'd have to go with Morrissey. We'll somewhat ironically suggest The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths here.