Album: single, 1984; Hello Angel, 1988
Justification: Well, as the annual Smiths reunion rumours fly about the internet…
How many bands have covered their own song? It’s surprisingly few, although you’ll get the odd band like Buzzcocks deciding that they do their old material better these days and doing a completely-necessary remake without the stuff that made you love them, or Def Leppard declaring they’re re-recording their first few albums because they can’t be arsed negotiating with their former record company. But generally speaking bands know that doing their old material again is a good way of scaring off existing fans while giving newcomers no reason to come on board.
So, with that in mind, I wonder whether this single actually seduced anyone not already on board with the Smiths?
Morrissey had been vocal about his adoration for the sixties pop star in interviews, and one can’t help but suspect that she saw in him a late-career lifeline rather than a kindred spirit (look, I love ‘Puppet on a String’ as much as any fan of Eurovision kitsch, but it takes a very determined effort to make it look like a powerful artistic statement rather than chart fluff from an ambitious starlet). He was to subsequently write what was hoped to be her comeback single, ‘Please Help the Cause Against Loneliness’ with Stephen Street during the sessions for what became Viva Hate, which is a pretty superb song.
And while I still prefer the original, she sure does look like she’s enjoying herself up there.
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2010: None, so let’s go with the entry from 30 Sept 2010: Sleeper’s Britpoppy classic ‘Sale of the Century’.
AND HERE’S THE LAST FIVE…
513. Marcy Playground: Comin’ Up From Behind (10 Sep)