Unlicensed releases

Releases in Third World countries are usually unlicensed. Rights are not paid to and arrangements are not made with the labels and publishers who own the rights to the Smiths' music. The quality of the packaging for these releases is often subpar and the musical content is often scrambled or extended with songs from other albums/singles. Cassettes sold on the streets of Indonesia, Saudi Arabia or Thailand are the best examples.

Unofficial releases with the same track listing and artwork as official releases are listed under their respective titles in the discography. Whatever can not be listed elsewhere because the track listing is a mish-mash of material from many sources is listed here.


"Greatest Hits Of The Smiths" [Saudi Arabia, Thomsun Original CS: ENB-387]
This tape housed in a blue clamshell box with a black and white picture of the band on the front was put together in the late 1980s. It features 26 songs, mostly taken from "The Queen Is Dead", "Strangeways Here We Come" and "Louder Than Bombs". The booklet includes all the lyrics.

"Smith" [Indonesia, Perina Records CS: SA.39]
"Smith" [Indonesia, Steel Records CS: SL 0692]
This 14-track compilation cassette features mostly material from the "Meat Is Murder" album plus a few tracks from the self-titled debut. Track listing: "Barbarism Begins At Home", "Nowhere Fast", "The Headmaster Ritual", "I Want The One I Can't Have", "Well I Wonder", "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore", "What She Said", "Rusholme Ruffians", "Meat Is Murder", "What Difference Does It Make?", "How Soon Is Now?", "Hand In Glove", "Still Ill", "This Charming Man". The front artwork is a 1985 photo of Morrissey in a red blazer, holding a cat.

"The Very Best Of The Smiths" [Indonesia, King's CS: K1509AED]
This 22-track cassette was released in 1986. It comes in a white clamshell box with a variation on the "Meat Is Murder" artwork on the front. Track listing: "A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours", "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish", "Girlfriend In A Coma", "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side", "Bigmouth Strikes Again", "The Headmaster Ritual", "How Soon Is Now?", "I Won't Share You", "What Difference Does It Make?", "Suffer Little Children", "The Queen Is Dead", "Reel Around The Fountain", "Nowhere Fast", "Meat Is Murder", "Miserable Lie", "Stop Me If You Think You'Ve Heard This One Before", "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others", "Well I Wonder", "Hand In Glove", "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore", "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out", "Unhappy Birthday".

"The Very Best Of The Smiths" [Indonesia, Team Records CS: T-5421]
This 23-track cassette released in the early 1990s has the same title and origin as the previous item, but different content. The front artwork is deep orange with a photo of the band. Track listing: "Panic", The Boy With The Thorn In His Side", "Bigmouth Strikes Again", "The Headmaster Ritual", "Shakespeare's Sister", "How Soon Is Now?", "William, It Was Really Nothing", "What Difference Does It Make?", "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now", "This Charming Man", "Suffer Little Children", "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out", "Reel Around The Fountain", "Girl Afraid", "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others", "Stretch Out And Wait", "Jeane", "Well I Wonder", "Nowhere Fast", "Meat Is Murder", "The Queen Is Dead", "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore", "Hand In Glove".

"Greatest Hits" [(country?), Green Club Rivera CS: GC 1291]
Content, origin and year of manufacturing unknown. The front artwork is a variation on the "Louder Than Bombs" artwork.

"Panic The Best Of The Smiths" [Philippines, (label?) CD: (cat.no.?)]
Content and year of manufacturing unknown. The front artwork is a black and white photo of the band in front of the Salford Lads Club, over a white and green background.


Russians/Polish flexis

It is nearly impossible to keep an exhaustive list of these flexis because they exist for so many songs of the Smiths' catalogue, each in more than one colour. They are not official releases, the sound quality is not very good and the songs usually fade out before the end.