More Adventures in Bad Morrissey/Smiths Covers in Bizarre Places

Halfway through the NFL's regular season, most of us have finally gotten used to regularly hearing that countrified cover of Morrissey's "Every Day Is Like Sunday" in NFL ads. It's still lame, just not so jarring. So last night I'm watching another OMG amaaazing episode of "Gossip Girl" when all of a sudden I hear the unmistakable riff that kicks off the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" Except it was totally mistakable, because I knew that wasn't Johnny Marr. And then some chipmunky female vocals came in and I thought, "Ugh, I really shouldn't be listening to this." And then two underage girls starting taking their clothes off and I thought, "Ugh, I really shouldn't be watching this." Post-show research indicates that it was those Russian kinda-lesbians t.a.t.u. who were butchering the Smiths. You can watch for yourself here but you will feel like a bit of a creep after the fact, I'm just warning you.

Next up in this continuing series: The Salford Lads, who I just noticed on Iota's calendar in December. They are, of course, a Smiths/Morrissey rockabilly cover band.

By David Malitz |  October 28, 2008; 4:46 PM ET Covers , TV Music
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If I had to watch American sports, I'd wish for Armageddon too. Viva Morrissey!

Posted by: Morrisseythe23rd | October 29, 2008 2:35 AM

I wasn't there, but I heard that Built to Spill covered Reel Around the Fountain (for about 10-15 minutes) during their recent 9:30 Club show. Sounds potentially great, or potentially awful. I'd rather hear Doug Marsch's "Bigmouth Strikes Again" cover from his Treepeople days.

Posted by: SSMD1 | October 29, 2008 12:00 PM

My Morrissey/Smiths Covers

Hope I don't make your ears bleed!


Posted by: pandaboo20850 | October 29, 2008 12:07 PM

SSMD1, I wasn't at the show but it was probably the Halo Benders' (Doug Martsch side project with Calvin Johnson and others) song "Virginia Reel Around the Fountain" that BTS played. They've done some odd covers though, from Ozzy ("Mr. Crowley") to Macy Gray ("I Try"), so maybe it really was the Smiths.

Posted by: ewa2rva | October 30, 2008 11:50 AM

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