25 January 1983|
Manhattan Sound, Manchester
Handsome DevilSimon Goddard writes: "The exact order is unknown but James Maker has verified the above six songs were definitely played that night. Feasibly, the only others could have been "Suffer little Children", "Miserable Lie" and "Jeane", all of which Maker says weren't played. "A Matter Of Opinion" was around then but they never played it and "Hand In Glove" wasn't written/ready in time. Judging from the rehearsal tapes Joyce retained there were no others they were practicing in December 1982/January 1983."
This was the first concert with the Smiths' classic line up of Morrissey, Johnny, Mike and Andy. It was also the Smiths' first concert with a (reasonably) full set. The Manhattan Sound was a gay club that was used at the time on Tuesday nights to promote new bands. Cover charge was £1 and the bill was shared with a band called Foreign Press. There was no stage, the band performed on the dance floor. Morrissey friend James Maker danced with the band for a second and final time.
The concert was a success. A&R men from Factory and London labels were present and took notice. At some point Morrissey threw confetti around him and the band.
Here is a transcription of a review written by Cath Carroll (uncredited) and published in City Fun fanzine a few months later: "Manhattan Sound is marketed as another swinging nook on the gay scene: but there are gay clubs and gay clubs. This particular discobar is more of a club camp, where Crimson pile meets Coronation Street. The rooms were awash with the bustle and prattle of antique clothes dealers and in the background, the distant strumming of string vests. A right regular joint, Mother. One of the promoters, an excitable frothabilly, explained the programme: - a double bill every other Tuesday with added videos. Indeed in one vault, a Divine celebration was in progress, many minutes of wobbling footage, soundtrack included. On the stage/dancefloor, we were presented with the SMITHS.
A detailed eyewitness account of the first three Smiths gigs, published in the June 2004 issue of Mojo, can be read from scans at Morrissey Scans.
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