In our Musical Lead-Up Playlist, we set the tone for The Queen Is Dead by featuring some of Morrissey and Johnny Marr’s biggest influences along with some songs that have a direct relationship with the album. You can listen to the playlist on Tidal here.
Check out The Queen Is Dead Legacy Playlist here.
1. The Smiths – ‘The Queen Is Dead’ – A live version of the album’s title track.
2. The Rolling Stones – ‘Hitch Hike’ – The guitar part of ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’ draws on this Stones’ cover of the Marvin Gaye classic.
3. The Velvet Underground – ‘There She Goes Again’ – This was also inspired by the Stones’ version of ‘Hitch Hike’ and of course, The Velvet Underground was a big influence on The Smiths (and a few other acts).
4. Iggy Pop & The Stooges – ‘I Need Somebody’ – The music for ‘Never Had No One Ever’ was based on a demo which Marr had recorded in December 1984 which in turn was based on The Stooges’ ‘I Need Somebody’.
5. The Cramps – ‘Human Fly’ – Morrissey founded the fan club The Legion of the Cramped and of this psychobilly act wrote, “The Cramps are worth their weight in gold for making the Police seem like a great big sloppy bowl of mush.”
6. New York Dolls – ‘Lonely Planet Boy’ – ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’ features lyrics drawn from ‘Lonely Planet Boy’ found on New York Dolls’ debut album, much loved by Morrissey and to a lesser degree Marr.
7. Patti Smith Group – ‘Kimberly’ – Both Johnny Marr and Morrissey loved Patti Smith and maybe this is where they got the name (despite Mark E. Smith’s rumblings).
8. Sparks – ‘Here in Heaven’ – Taken from one of Morrissey’s favourite albums Kimono My House by Sparks of which he has said
9. Billy Fury – ‘Last Night Was Made For Love’ – “Billy Fury is virtually the same as James Dean,” said Morrissey. “He was entirely doomed too and I find that quite affectionate.” Fury’s photo was featured on the cover of The Smiths 1987 single ‘Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me’.
10. Sandie Shaw – ‘Stop Before You Start’ – Both Morrissey and Marr were ‘incurable’ fans of the barefoot pop princess and this was one of their favourites.
11. The Shangri-Las – ‘I Can Never Go Home Anymore’ – Marr approached Morrissey about starting a group and recalled, “I felt there was no one else on the planet who was listening to The Marvelettes, The Shirelles, Shangri-Las and Dusty Springfield.”