1986-12-12 Brixton Academy, London (from Royal Command Performance bootleg)

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Post 18-Feb-2006 11:46


The Smiths
Brixton Academy, London
12 December 1986
Source: Royal Command Performance CD > CD-R > EAC WAVs > FLAC
Confirmed as non-MP3 derived, by Tau Analyzer 1.2.
Torrent created on 30th January 2006
Release Notes
An average recording of their final gig which I've taken from the Royal
Command Performance bootleg and put into the correct order. There's a better
version of this gig available on a bootleg called Somebody Waved Goodbye.
What's frustrating is that you can find a crystal clear version of Some Girls
Are Bigger Than Others from this gig on various official releases, recorded
by Grant Showbiz. Come on Grant, isn't it time you liberated the rest of this
01. London & Miserable Lie
02. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
03. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
04. Shoplifters Of The World Unite
05. Cemetry Gates
06. This Night Has Opened My Eyes
07. Still Ill
08. Panic
09. The Queen Is Dead
10. William It Was Really Nothing
11. Hand In Glove
Notes from PassionsJustLikeMine.com
12 December 1986
Brixton Academy, London
Bigmouth Strikes Again
London/Miserable Lie
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Shoplifters Of The World Unite
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Is It Really So Strange?
Cemetry Gates
This Night Has Opened My Eyes
Still Ill
/The Queen Is Dead
//William It Was Really Nothing
//Hand In Glove
This concert was put together for the Artists Against Apartheid. Tickets were
£8, £7 £6 and £5. It was to be the last time the Smiths would be on stage
together, bar a few television appearances. What makes this gig even more
special is that it turned out to be the only time songs like "Some Girls Are
Bigger Than Others", the yet unreleased "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" and
the "London"/"Miserable Lie" medley were ever performed by the Smiths. "This
Night Has Opened My Eyes" and "William It Was Really Nothing" which hadn't
been played in a long time were also performed. Finally, the live staple "Hand
In Glove" which had been dropped on the recent British leg of the "The Queen
Is Dead" tour also returned, making the Smiths' debut single also the last
song they played together in a concert.
The gig was a much more personal and lively affair than the previous Brixton
concert in October when the tension behind the scenes and the exhaustion of
touring could not be hidden. There seemed to be a great complicity between the
members of the band, nothing hinted that within a year the Smiths would be no
more. During "Still Ill", Johnny moved next to Andy and Morrissey joined them.
They could be seen smiling and laughing, as if they were in on some inside
The last song before the Smiths entered stage was a whole recording of "Take
Me Back To Dear Old Blighty", not only the short snippet as heard at the
beginning of "The Queen Is Dead" on the album of the same name. Before
"Bigmouth Strikes Again", Mike teased the audience with the drum beat to
"Panic". The audience was surprised to find out that at the end of "London",
the band moved into the fast-paced outro to "Miserable Lie". As they switched
from the former to the latter, Morrissey wildly whipped the microphone cord
in loops. Instead of singing "I'm just a country mile behind the world", he
switched to the early lyric "I'd run a hundred miles away from you". The
medley was extremely well received, the crowd roared in appreciation and
Morrissey thanked them by telling them "You've got incredibly good taste".
In the next song, "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" which was being played
for the first and last time ever, Morrissey added an extra verse saying "On
the shop floor, there's a calendar, as obvious as snow, as if we didn't know".
Morrissey replied to the loud applause that number also received by growling
loudly "Hello!". A few songs later, the soon to be released "Shoplifters Of
The World Unite" was introduced with "This is our new single..."
Before the crowd favourite "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" in which as
usual he didn't sing the outro chorus, Morrissey picked up a letter on the
floor and placed it on the drum rise. He then picked a flower, crumpled it and
threw it away, then another one which he placed inside his jacket, hugging it
next to his heart before throwing it into the crowd. Morrissey acknowledged
the audience's unfamiliarity with the following song by saying "Thank you,
that song was called 'Is It Really So Strange?'". In it he reversed the lines
"..you can kick me" and "...you can punch me". In "Cemetry Gates" a line was
inverted to "We stonely read the graves". Morrissey also sang "They were
born, they lived, they died" instead of the longer usual line. In "Panic" he
swung a noose around to highlight the "Hang the DJ" chorus.
Returning for the first of two encores, Morrissey said "Thank you we love you"
and then launched into a roaring version of "The Queen Is Dead". This was when
fans started to climb on stage. There would be about a dozen of them making it
there throughout the two encores. Instead of parading with a board saying "The
Queen Is Dead" as he had done earlier in the year while singing that song,
Morrissey had a different board that said "Two light ales please". After the
song he threw his shirt into the crowd before exiting again. The Smiths then
returned for a final two song encore. The last of these was "Hand In Glove".
It ended with Morrissey wailing in a high pitched voice for about 20 seconds.
The Smiths didn't know it at the time, but with its final line "I'll probably
never see you again", "Hand In Glove" couldn't have been a better choice of
final song to perform together.
The one time only performance of "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" was
released as a b-side to the "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" 12" and
cassette single in the UK and the "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One
Before" single in other parts of the world. It was later reissued on cd on the
rare French freebie cd-EP "Handsome Devils" and the more common 1992 cd-single
reissue of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out".
Fortunately for collectors, this historical concert is available on bootleg
video and DVD. The one-angle recording is of reasonably good quality for an
audience one. The whole concert is featured, from a few bars into "Ask" to the
moment when the Smiths left the stage for a final time.
Quite a few 'official' audio bootlegs can be found. The best of them is
undoubtedly "Somebody Waved Goodbye". The sound is reasonably good and the
whole concert is featured, including the "Take Me Back To Dead Old Blighty"
pre-entrance song.
"Never Had No One Ever" is a great alternative to the latter. The sound is
also great, although slightly inferior. The whole concert is also present.
The "Take Me Back To Dead Old Blighty" intro is also included, but only 30
seconds of it instead of the 80 seconds found on "Somebody Waved Goodbye".
"Never Had No One Ever" was first produced on a double LP paired with 8 tracks
from Madrid on 18 May 1985. The reissue on cd only only includes one song from
the latter date, "Handsome Devil". However better bootlegs exist for that
earlier gig. Click on date for full details.
The bootleg cd "The Final Gig" is also interesting, it features the whole gig,
but the sound quality is slightly inferior. It is paired with the band's final
appearance on the Peel radio programme.
"Royal Command Performance" was first released on a red vinyl double LP and
was later reissued on CD with the same artwork. Both formats include the whole
show in rather good quality, but leave out "Ask", "Bigmouth Strikes Again",
"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" and "Is It Really So Strange?". The
double LP set is paired with 12 song from the Manchester G-Mex concert on 19
July 1986 as well as "Jeane" and "Girl Don't Come" by Sandie Shaw. The compact
disc only includes 9 songs from the G-Mex gig. Click on date for full track
listing details.
Finally the "A Nice Bit Of Meat" mixed content bootleg on CD and LP includes
this gig's "This Night Has Opened My Eyes" only. Click on links for full track
listing details.
MP3s of all the bootlegs mentioned here are available on the usual file
sharing networks on the internet.
"Wilde About The Smiths", a factory pressed cd in digipack has "The Queen Is
Dead" from this concert with many other live tracks, rarities and radio and tv
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