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“This is the second of those two records I grabbed from the book sale. The Smiths had a similarly exciting appeal to me, much like The Beatles. What was different, though, was how The Beatles seemed a bit impersonal to me. Somebody once said something like ‘The Beatles are so ubiquitous that you listen to them like you would Beethoven.’ Like, this is 'quality music.'
“The Smiths got under my skin more when I was a teenager – the moping and the teenage-y angst of Morrissey’s lyrics struck me in a significant way. I’ve felt this way about a lot of music since, but this was the first time where it seemed as though the singer was singing directly to me – or about me. That's a pretty powerful feeling, thinking that only you and this singer can understand the world.
“The first song, A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours, has this electrifying opening; it sort of eases in slowly with this fade and then the guitars come crashing in. That had the same impact on me as the opening chord to A Hard Day’s Night. It just gets into your bones immediately. You hear it and you think, ‘This is so incredible. Why have I been deprived of this for so long?’”