Well, I managed to shake off the cold that almost crippled me on Friday by chugging litres of Beechams cold medicine.
I had been looking forward to this gig since tickets first went on sale back in late November last year, naturally I snapped mine up as quickly as humanly possible.
We last saw the band in October 2004 at Barfly again. They unfortunately don’t come down south very often and they also only do it really as a hobby, so they don’t play that many gigs either, which is real shame.
Anywho, we get to Barfly nice and early, about 8pm. It’s quiet, but that’s to be expected, bands here don’t usually come on until about 9ish.
We get some drinks and reserve our standing spots right in front of the stage, as close as possible. I’m purposely not drinking too much so as I can enjoy the show. There’s nothing worse than being absolutely hammered and not remembering a second of it.
Especially since it’s a rare ocassion that we get to see them.
Simon (the other Andy Rourke), followed by Dave (the other Johnny Marr), then Sam (the other Mike Joyce) and Stuart (the other Morrissey).
They’ve recruited a new member since the last time we saw them, Mike, the keyboardist.
They open with the classics, Still Ill & Hand in Glove to get things going.
Things went from great to greater as the set went on, Stuart is extremely convincing as Morrissey, his mannerisms spot on.
The rest of the band were really on form too, Dave on guitar bashed out some amazing solos, Johnny M would be proud, I’m sure.
The other Smiths split their sets into two parts, first part is mostly The Smiths, 1983-1985.
The second half is 1986 onwards and Morrissey solo work. Well, it was this time anyway.
The last time they played here, they only did one Morrissey track, Suedehead.
But sure enough, this time around, they had added a lot more into it, and I don’t think anybody was dissapointed.
Not only had they added Morrissey solo tracks, they had added the most iconic solo tracks, not to be confused with the most popular, or the biggest hits, which was a great choice, in my humble opinion.
They started out with ‘The more you ignore me (the closer I get)‘, Moz’s anthem especially written for Mike Joyce after the kerfuffle in ’96, one of my personal favourites.
What I could not believe however, was what came next, totally unexpected, but delightful nonetheless, ‘The national front disco‘!! The track that is possibly second or third (I’m yet to put together a decisive list) in my all time favourite Moz & Smiths tracks. But, it’s a song that you will probably not hear Moz himself perform again as it was so controversial last time around. Simply because the press did not get it. Moz was branded a bigot and a racist, the feud running for more than 10 years with the NME
Once they had finished doing an amazing job on the aformentioned track, they immediately blasted into another of Moz’s greatest solo achievements, ‘November spawned a monster‘. I was so glad to hear this in the set as it gave the whole band a chance to shine and it injected a hell of a euphoria to the crowd, especially at the break in the middle.
By this time, I had totally forgotten about my cold. I was just so happy, beaming ear to ear and dancing like a maniac.
I still had only drunk 3 bottles of beer too, it usually takes a least 7 to get me to even do a little jigg!
The obligatory rendition of Suedehead followed, I mean, what type of Morrissey tribute would they be without it?
Every day is like Sunday came next, a darling rendition too if I may say so myself.
The one track pulled from Moz last album, You are the Quarry was to be their final, apart from the encore.
First of the gang and it was very well done, a great note to go out on.
Stuart and the band really do the Morrissey solo stuff justice, as close as you are going to come to the man himself.
After the usual screams from the crowd of ‘Morrissey, Morrissey, Morrissey’ and ‘More, More, More…’ they came back on and did two more for us.
Big mouth strikes again and finally, There is a Light, these really finished off the show on a high, real energy coming off the stage and inflicting on the crowd. The atmosphere by the end was amazing.
At the end of the gig, I stole the two setlists from the stage. Well, when I say stole, I actually asked one of the guys with the band who was on the side of the stage if I could have them :p
I then got the band to sign the back of it, all except for Mike and Simon, who I couldn’t find whilst I had a pen, (which I stole from Jo)
I then had a short conversation with bassist and webmaster Stuart (the other Andy Rourke) which was very insightful.
We talked about what the band did other than being ‘The Other Smiths’ and what their plans were for the future of the band, which admittedly looks very rosy.
Dave was a great guy, obliging for me to take his autograph and have a short chat about the evening.
I then managed to catch up with Stuart as he was clearing equipment away, (does the real Morrissey do that, I think not!), got to thank him and the rest of the guys for putting on such a great show. They were so courteous and humble.
On our way out then, we caught them one last time, coming out of the tiny dressing room near the stairs for the exit. At this point we were considering ourselves ‘groupies’, but thought we had best leave it there, for fear of being banned from future gigs.
We had another quick chat and had our photos taken, unfortunately I decided not to bring my camera, with it only just coming back from repair three days ago and all, so the best we had were phone cameras. They kinda did the job though, you could tell what was in the shot…
Thanks again guys!
Here you’ll find, my heart and I, And still we say come back, Come back to Cardiff
And I’ll be good…I’ll be good…