The Smiths – This Charming Man (1983)


Michael Stipe and Morrissey have been oft been compared, but the really interesting equivalence is between their bands’ lead guitarists. Whatever Peter Buck got up to, Johnny Marr could more than match in his songwriting and fretwork. After the relative failure of ‘Hand In Glove’, Johnny Marr wrote The Smiths’ second single ‘This Charming Man’ as something a little more upbeat. Full of jangling and chiming guitar, the song was an immediate breakthrough.

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