Parvati Magazine March 2014 - Charm - Page 22

MUSIC THE SMITHS This Charming Man I can’t believe this year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of The Smiths’ debut album entitled “The Smiths” and the incredible compilation record called “Hatful Of Hollow”. By early 1983, The Smiths had gained a large following on the UK live circuit and had signed a record deal with the indie label Rough Trade. The deal, along with positive concert reviews in the weekly music press and an upcoming session on BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel’s radio show (which would become the classic “Hatful Of Hollow”), generated a large media buzz for the band. In a music scene dominated by major label and video-driven acts, the Smiths’