The Return Of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 81

The Smiths were rockabilly fans, as evidenced in their quiffs if nothing else. Several Smiths songs benefit from the rockabilly sounds and rhythms too, and Johnny Marr’s desire to get that Sun Records vibe down on tape. Here is a seven minute version of Rusholme Ruffians, eventually trimmed and re-recorded for 1985’s Meat Is Murder album, with Andy Rourke’s rocking bassline well to the fore. Always loved this song, Morrissey’s tale of violence and love at the fair very English up against Marr, Joyce and Rourke’s rockabilly shuffle. Live they segued Elvis’ Marie’s The Name (Of His Latest Flame) into it (on the live album Rank).

Rusholme Ruffians (demo version)

Dream Some Paradise

Tedloaf’s reactivated Confessions Of A Trouserist blog had a post on Intastella the other day and the belting little tune that is People. This song was their first single back in 1991 when they’d been signed in the record company rush to sign any band from Manchester with a cagoul and a funky backbeat. I’m not sure this song sounds very Madchester although it does sound very 1991- more like a northern St Etienne in a basement nightclub.

Dream Some Paradise

Singer Stella Grundy is an actor now taking in roles from Corrie and Nico.

Ctel  left a comment nearly two years ago saying Intastella were rubbish. I doubt his opinion’s changed.