The Smiths Sort of Reform But Without the Problematic One

By Gary Cutlack on at

Some men will be standing on a stage calling themselves an approximation of The Smiths again this year, although, with the best will in the world, it's not quite the blockbuster reunion the music world both desperately wants and also doesn't really want at all.

It's the three other blokes from the band — Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon — who are putting on the smart slacks again to play the old tunes once more, accompanied by an orchestra to make up for the fact that quiffed singer Morrissey and his former guitarist mate Marr won't be attending, and will most probably be griping on the internet about it being a load of rubbish and complaining about royalties.

Instead, Smiths fans get this collaboration between The Three Other Men and the Manchester Camerata Orchestra, with the players promising big band reinterpretations of all-time greats such as There Is A Light That Never Goes Out and How Soon Is Now? but with no one apart from the members of the crowd doing any singing. They should've got Harry Hill in.

Other Man Andy Rourke said: "To have been there the first time round and seen it first hand, and to still be such a big fan of The Smiths today, I am both thrilled and excited to be involved in Classically Smiths. I’m really proud of the band’s work, and being able to present those songs again in this particular production format promises to be a real gift for audiences everywhere." [STV]