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The Smiths

Inside The Smiths DVD

Review by Gary Hill

How you feel about this DVD probably has a lot to do with how involved you've been in the music and history of The Smiths. Those obsessed with the band will probably be drawn to, and quite happy with this film. I have always enjoyed the music of the group, but never really followed their history. For those like myself, this leaves more questions than it answers. The film is built around interviews with the rhythm section of the group, Mike Joyce (drums) and Andy Rourke (bass). There are no interviews with front man Morrissey or guitarist Johnny Marr. As such we miss out on a lot of the picture because those two were responsible for the song writing in the group. We do get some insights into what it was like to be a part of this outfit. It's definitely a watchable film. It would be great for those who already know the bulk of the history and inside scoop of the Smiths and are hungry for any extra little tidbit. For the rest of us, it's an iffy situation.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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