Thursday, 30 April 2009

THE SMITHS - DUNDEE UNIVERSITY - 1984

The recording below is from a gig by The Smiths who were playing at Dundee University on 3rd March 1984.
Morrissey gets a bit stroppy on this as a result of someone in the audience splashing the stage with beer. The song "This Charming Man" was stopped and we pick it up as Morrissey gives the culprit a ticking off, and it being 1984, finishes by saying "The world is watching you, Dundee!" before giving the song a 2nd go.
So there, be on your best behaviour next time!
Incidentally, the Smiths badge of mine is just my wee joke, it has nothing to do with The Smiths.
Having said that, the track is a nice crisp recording!!

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13 comments:

  1. Fantastic! I wonder if the events of that night influenced the lyrics of a later Smiths track - "Panic on the streets of Carlisle; Dublin, Dundee, Humberside;"

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  2. That was a hoot that night. He came into the Other Record Shop, hearing aid and all, during the afternoon and Doug, the manager, insisted that I put on the album. Morrissey looked horrified and scuttled out the door. I think they had played a couple of numbers before Morrissey took a strop and left the stage leaving the band playing away and looking suitably embarrassed. As I remember It was the Red Guitars who were supporting them and the lead singer was sent out to tell the crowd to behave. Everybody looked suitably chastised until the band came out, started their next number. Morrissey entered stage left and no sooner had old misery guts opened his gob, than another plastic tumbler sailed through the air and hitting Morrissey fair and square. The man took himself far to seriously.

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  3. He's one of the acts who doesn't avoid Dundee when touring, unlike most. great wee clip there,

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  4. Fantastic! I wonder if the events of that night influenced the lyrics of a later Smiths track - "Panic on the streets of Carlisle; Dublin, Dundee, Humberside;"-- Doubt it, "Panic" wasn't released until two years later.

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  5. Yes I was at that gig too. Brilliant night and well remember Morrissey's strop. Still maintain it's one of the best gigs I've seen. Didn't know much about them, last minute decision to go, often the biggest surprises. Was stunned by Marr's guitar.

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  6. Morrissey was always a prat, but then so are people who thow beer & shit.

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  7. myself and 2 mates travelled from Montrose really early .managed to open a fire door round the corner from where the cash machine used to be.this led to the right hand side of the stage where The Smiths were soundchecking Still Ill.we sat in awe (i think i had an erection).the song finished and then Johnny came over and said "right lads fuck off".
    never been happier
    i have photos of morrissey wiping his glasses after the beercup incident.

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  8. im only 18, well before my old man and your times but i went ti see mozza at the caird hall no too long ago and ended up gettin into a wee bit of a scuffle with a few of my mates and a few weegies bang in the middle of the crowd and the and kind acame to a stop and all started watching the commotion then after the bouncers took 1 of my mates away and the weegies morrissey then said "a fight in dundee, who'd have thought" haha class or what ?

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  9. There was a mixup with the rider that night and flowers with thorns on them were supplied to Morrissey. When these were thrown into the crowd some people were actually cut and that's partly what started off the trouble.

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  10. yes i was there as a 15 year old - my mates wanted to see the red guitars
    I ve been telling folk this story for years and it is TRUE

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  11. Fantastic! I'm trying to find the whole bootleg of this show.

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  12. I was there and remember it being one of the best gigs I ever went too. I have only the vaguest of recollections of the beer incident.

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