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The guitar hero, producer, solo artist and collaborator, who hit the charts with Suede, McAlmont & Butler and The Tears, tells Jennifer Otter Bickerdike about the first single he ever bought…


The Smiths Hand In Glove

“The very first piece of vinyl I bought for myself was the single for Hand In Glove by the Smiths. that’s really pretentious, isn’t it? Oh, The Smiths! But at the time, they shaped everything you wanted to do and be. that band was a world you just dove into; you couldn’t get enough of it. People have this image now that they were performing at Wembley Stadium back then, that they were huge; but they weren’t. They did one night at Brixton Academy. Radio 1 wouldn’t play them. Being a fan was a club, a very private club – that was part of the attraction.

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