4 May 1984|
Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Hand In GloveDespite this being the Smiths' first gig in Germany, there was a great deal of stage climbing, or attempts to do so. It seemed like the habit taken on by the British had crossed over to Europe. The band and particularly Morrissey were glowing. The concert was a complete success and the Smiths had to perform three encores.
As the Smiths came on stage, Morrissey, dressed in typical 1984 attire of large blouse held by one button, NHS specs and flowers in the back pocket, greeted the audience and launched into "Hand In Glove". After the song, because the floor was blocked for the cameras, he encouraged the fans to "...please come closer, please come closer... come closer... come... come..." After the next song "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now", the crowd went into a chant of "Morrissey! Morrissey!".
After "Pretty Girls Make Graves" Morrissey introduced the following song "Thank you, you're delightful... 'Still Ill'!" During that Morrissey ended up writhing on the floor twice, crushing the flowers that were still in his back pocket. The following song was then introduced with "Barbarism begins at home you know..." After its performance Morrissey enquired "Does anybody have anything really intelligent to say?... No?" In "This Night Has Opened My Eyes", Morrissey sang the slightly alternate line "And I'm never happy and I'm never sad". "You've Got Everything Now" was introduced with "This might sound really hard to believe... but you've got everything... now!"
After that song the crowd went into the "Morrissey! Morrissey!" chant again. In "What Difference Does It Make?", Morrissey changed one line to "But now you make me feel so ashamed because I only got two heads". Towards the end of that he removed his shirt, swang it around for a short while and threw it into the crowd, finishing the song, as well as the main set, bare chested.
When the Smiths reentered stage for the first encore, Morrissey exclaimed "Thank you, you're very nice" and the band started "These Things Take Time". After the song Morrissey asked "Any suggestions?", extended the microphone to the first row and had a hard time pulling it back. So far in Europe Morrissey had be sober on lyrical modifications, probably because of the language barrier or because the public wasn't as familiar with the words to appreciate the effect. However in the next song, a second helping of "This Charming Man", Morrissey changed lines to "Will nature makes a mouse of me yet" and "it's gruesome that someone so ugly should care".
At the end of that the Smiths left stage once more, and again fans tried to get on stage while security tried their best to hold them back. After a second encore of "Hand In Glove" and leaving again, the Smiths were called back by a "Morrissey! Morrissey!" chant. As they returned, Morrissey lead them instead in a chant of "Smiths! Smiths! Smiths!". He was successful, even when he asked them to chant "Louder!". During this final encore during which the Smiths did "Barbarism Begins At Home" a second time, Morrissey removed his shirt again and threw it in the audience after giving it a few swings.
This concert was filmed and broadcast on the German television show Rockpalast. The first broadcasts featured the complete setlist minus the second performance of "Hand In Glove". Some re-runs were shortened to 10 or 14 songs, in a different order while other re-runs featured the complete concert. The complete show minus the encores of "This Charming Man" and "Hand In Glove" was also later broadcast on radio by NDR2.
The audio from one of the earlier television broadcasts was made available onto the "Girl Afraid" bootleg CD. Because it was produced from a television or radio recording, the sound quality is very good. A bootleg LP simply titled "The Smiths" features what appears to be a recording of the radio broadcast. It lacks "Miserable Lie" as well as the encores of "This Charming Man" and "Hand In Glove" are missing.
"Wilde About The Smiths", a factory pressed cd in digipack, and it vinyl reissue "Hang The DJ (Thrice!)" both feature "Barbarism Begins At Home" from this date alongside many other live tracks, rarities and radio/tv sessions. The exact content of "A Crack On The Head" is unknown, but expected to be the same as that of "Girl Afraid" or "The Smiths".
"Shoplifters From Manchester", a manufactured bootleg cd, features "Hand In Glove", "Girl Afraid", "Barbarism Begins At Home" and "This Charming Man" alongside Troy Tate outtakes, radio sessions as well as live material from 4 February 1983, 6 December 1983, 12 March 1984, 21 April 1984 and 26 August 1986.
"Boyfriend In A Coma", a LP reissue of "Shoplifters From Manchester" with fewer tracks, features "Hand In Glove", "Girl Afraid", "Barbarism Begins At Home" and "This Charming Man" along with Troy Tate outtakes, radio sessions as well as live material from 4 February 1983, 6 December 1983, 12 March 1984, 21 April 1984 and 26 August 1986.
The "Girl Afraid" bootleg is easily found in digital format on the internet.
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