The Smiths Rise Again

By liz

Ok... the Smiths haven't actually been resurrected, but their material has. Matinee Recordings has asked the artists on their roster to "take a stab at a Smiths cover"... and are releasing the material to honor the 20th anniversary of the band. Included on the new compilation, "Romantic and Square is Hip and Aware", are The Lucksmiths, Would-Be-Goods, Pines, The Liberty Ship and more. The album will be available late in December via Matinee Mailorder or in January in record shops.

See below for a track rundown from the label:

Offering a mix of songs from throughout the band's venerable career, the contributors include: The Pines, with a jingly-jangly version of the hit "Ask"; Pale Sunday, providing a magnificent bossa-nova and shoegaze reworking of "I Know It's Over"; The Lucksmiths, who approach the mighty "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" as a duet and come out smelling of roses; Slipslide, with an expertly crafted cover of "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want"; Pipas, adding a great dance beat to the early classic "This Night Has Opened My Eyes"; Lovejoy, contributing an admirable cover of "Girlfriend In A Coma";Would-Be-Goods, with an unforgettable version of "Back To The Old House"; The Young Tradition, putting their polish on a slowed-down version of "Sheila Take A Bow"; Simpático, with a convincing rendition of "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore"; The Guild League , glam-ing up the already glam hit "Panic"; The Liberty Ship, attacking the rollicking "Sweet and Tender Hooligan" in fine fashion; and The Snowdrops, with a splendid live recording of the single "Bigmouth Strikes Again."