Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Out On Blue Six : The Smiths

Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of the tragedy at Chernobyl. With this in mind, here's Panic by The Smiths, a song penned by Morrissey and Marr allegedly because of how 'Wunnerful Radio One' reacted (or rather refused to react) to the news as it broke.

The story goes that Marr and Morrissey were listening to the radio station when a news report announced the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Russia. Straight afterwards, disc jockey Steve Wright played Wham's 'I'm Your Man' 

"I remember actually saying, 'What the fuck does this got to do with people's lives?'" Marr recalled. "We hear about Chernobyl, then, seconds later, we're expected to jump around to 'I'm Your Man'" 

While Marr subsequently stated that the account was exaggerated, he commented that it was a likely influence on Morrissey's lyrics. The band even commissioned a t-shirt featuring Wright's portrait and the phrase "Hang the DJ!" as pictured below.

Thirty years later, the cheesy DJ - no one's idea of Mr Wright - is still a mainstay of afternoon radio, albeit it on Radio 2 were he has hosted the same format show since 1999. No accounting for taste, I guess.

End Transmission

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