The Smiths - celebrating Rock's somber, introspective side.

The Smiths – Live At The National Ballroom, Kilburn 1986 – Nights At The Roundtable: Concert Edition

The Smiths - celebrating Rock's somber, introspective side.

The Smiths – celebrating Rock’s somber, introspective, human side.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – The Smiths – Live At The National Ballroom, Kilburn – 1986 – BBC 6 Music

Starting the new year off with old favorites. Tonight it’s The Smiths in a concert via the BBC, recorded live at The National Ballroom in Kilburn in 1986.

Not one of those bands to focus on the mindless and the trivial, The Smiths, though not dismal, were a band whose music you thought about; music that made a lasting impression and stuck with you. Music about people and situations, and the shades of reality those images were painted in.

Towards the end of this concert they do their iconic How Soon Is Now? A song which epitomizes just how powerful the message of this band was. It’s been one of my favorites since the day it came out, and it conveys a feeling of loneliness and isolation in its most stark and eloquent terms. The song fairly aches, but is tempered by a powerful musical statement that counters the words of hopelessness. If anything, The Smiths were always great at celebrating the human spirit in subtle ways.

And that’s what I always liked about them.

In case you forgot what they sounded like during the 80s, here’s a great opportunity to refresh your memory.

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