3 June 1983
Fighting Cocks, Birmingham
You've Got Everything Now
Handsome Devil
Accept Yourself
What Difference Does It Make?
Reel Around The Fountain
Wonderful Woman
These Things Take Time
I Don't Owe You Anything
Hand In Glove
Miserable Lie
This one was remembered by Andy Rourke as "a terrible gig". The venue was small, it was very hot and the sound was loud.

The Smiths kicked the night off with the typical mid-1983 opener "You've Got Everything Now". The version performed at the time was heavier on the falsetto than the one that later made it onto the debut album. "Accept Yourself" was definitely more assured than the performance from 2 weeks earlier at the Electric Ballroom when it was probably debuted and just written. On one occasion Morrissey still echoed his "time is against me now" line with a falsetto repeat and yelping, something that would soon disappear from the song.

"What Difference Does It Make?" was introduced with "The big question: what difference does it make?". As the Smiths were playing live more and more often, the song was growing from experience and at this point had only minor lyrical differences to the one that would eventually be released. The following track was introduced as "A song for tender hearts... 'Reel Around The Fountain'".

The newly written "Wonderful Woman" contained interesting minor lyrical differences to the version that would be released by the end of the year on the "This Charming Man" single. For example the lines "I ask myself / What to be said of her?" was still "Ah answer me / what do be done with her". "These Things Take Time" was introduced with "Four very sad words, a sad fact of life, 'These Things Take Time'."

The only notable banter came just before the final song, "Hand In Glove". Morrissey started by thanking the audience then said "This is our first single which is actually charted. It's number 70 this week... next week higher." In the song, instead of singing "but we have something they'll never have", Morrissey sung "we have something they never had", as he often did at that time.

The Smiths were supported by a band called Passion Pit.


A soundboard (with little tape hiss) recording of the full concert minus the "Miserable Lie" encore can be found on the "Reel Around The Fountain" bootleg alongside other oddities like 3 Troy Tate outtakes, 3 radio sessions and "What Do You See In Him?" from 4 February 1983.

"Wilde About The Smiths", a factory pressed cd in digipack, and its vinyl reissue "Hang The DJ (Thrice!)" both feature "Accept Yourself" from this concert with many other live tracks, rarities and radio/tv sessions.

All this is available in digital format on the internet.


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