Television performances

 

4 November 1983 - The Tube (UK, Channel 4)
This Charming Man
Short film showing the Smiths in a room. Available on "The Complete Picture", but the "Manchester" version of the song was dubbed over the footage which was originally produced with the "London" version.

7 November 1983 - Riverside (UK, BBC2)
This Charming Man
This is another short film of the Smiths playing in a room filled with flowers. It was first made available by mail-order from the NME on a compilation of videos titled "Video Bongo". In 1992 WEA Records used this to promote the "This Charming Man" single reissue taken from "Best...I".

24 November 1983 - Top Of The Pops (UK, BBC1)
This Charming Man
This was the first of many appearances on Top Of The Pops as the band was enjoying its first weeks in the British Top 30. Lipsynched.

(December?) 1983 - Generation 80 (Belgium)
This Charming Man
This lipsynched performance was recorded but never broadcast. It was meant to be broadcast on 19 December 1983, so it was probably filmed shortly before that date. No one was aware of the existence of this until March 2010 when a 1:40 excerpt was leaked on the internet.

26 January 1984 - Top Of The Pops (UK, BBC1)
What Difference Does It Make?
Lipsynched.

6 February 1984 - Y.E.S. (UK, BBC North West)
What Difference Does It Make?
This Night Has Opened My Eyes

9 February 1984 - Top Of The Pops (UK, BBC1)
What Difference Does It Make?
This is available on "The Complete Picture", but the studio version of the song is dubbed over the footage. Lipsynched.

10 February 1984 - Oxford Road Show (UK, BBC2)
What Difference Does It Make?
The Smiths are joined on stage by a fan who hugged Morrissey before leaving, as fans did during concerts. Lipsynched.

16 March 1984 - The Tube (UK, Channel 4)
Hand In Glove
Still Ill
Barbarism Begins At Home

18 March 1984 - Elektron Pop (Belgium)
What Difference Does It Make?
Morrissey was also interviewed while Johnny played with a skull from the set filled with skeletons and stuffed birds. Subtitled in Flemish. Performance was lipsynched.

31 March 1984 - Earsay (UK, Channel 4)
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Hand In Glove (Sandie Shaw)
"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" is a short film set to an early mix of the then unreleased song. It has footage of the band on the studio stage, mixed with scenes of Morrissey in an urban landscape, bush in the back pocket. Sandie's performance is lipsynched, on stage. This also features an interview of Morrissey and Sandie Shaw about their collaboration, and a clip of Sandie on "Ready Steady Go".

7 April 1984 - Datarun (UK, ITV)
This Charming Man
Datarun was a children's programme. Morrissey and Marr were asked questions by the children before doing an acoustic version of "This Charming Man" with the kids chanting in. Includes soundcheck footage of "Still Ill" and "Hand In Glove" from a 13 March concert at Manchester's Free Trade Hall.

26 April 1984 - Top Of The Pops (UK, BBC1)
Hand In Glove (Sandie Shaw and The Smiths without Morrissey)
As an homage to Sandie, who often performed on television bare footed in the 1960s, the band members were bare footed (even though Sandie wore her shoes). Lipsynched performance.

April 1984 - S.P.L.A.T. / Charlie's Bus (UK, ITV)
Jeane (Sandie Shaw, acoustic)
A bus ride with Morrissey, Marr, Sandie Shaw and kids ending at Kew Gardens where Sandie performs her song with Johnny on acoustic guitar. When asked by one of the kids where they were going, a very uncomfortable Morrissey answered "We're going mad!".

6 May 1984 - Formel Eins (Germany)
Hand In Glove (by Sandie Shaw)
Sandie and the band in front of a red antique car. Lipsynched.

18 May 1984 - Les Enfants Du Rock (France)
Girl Afraid
Still Ill
Barbarism Begins At Home
These 3 songs were recorded on stage at the Eldorado in Paris 9 days earlier. The whole show was filmed, but only these three songs were broadcast. Plus short interview.

31 May 1984 - Top Of The Pops (UK, BBC1)
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
This is available on "The Complete Picture", but the studio version of the song is dubbed over the footage. Morrissey wore a bush in his back pocket and an hearing aid. Lipsynched.

14 June 1984 - Top Of The Pops (UK, BBC1)
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Lipsynched.

30 August 1984 - Top Of The Pops (UK, BBC1)
William, It Was Really Nothing
Morrissey rips his shirt open to show the words "Marry me" written on his chest. Lipsynched.

14 February 1985 - Top Of The Pops (UK, BBC1)
How Soon Is Now?
Morrissey mock-machine guns the audience for Valentine's Day.

22 February 1985 - Oxford Road Show (UK, BBC2)
Shakespeare's Sister
The Headmaster Ritual
Lipsynched.

10 October 1985 - Top Of The Pops (UK, BBC1)
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
This is available on "The Complete Picture", but the studio version of the song is dubbed over the footage.

20 May 1986 - Whistle Test (UK, BBC2)
Bigmouth Strikes Again
Vicar In A Tutu
This is the first public appearance with Craig Gannon on second guitar.

5 July 1986 - Euro-Tube (UK, Channel 4)
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Panic
The version of the then unreleased "Panic" is quite unique, with a longer drum intro. Morrissey was joined on stage by a schoolboy (not his nephew nor Marr's) singing back vocals. The kid wore an hearing aid and had a bush sprouting from his back pocket, in true Morrissey pastiche.

1 February 1987 - Festival Primavera (Italy, Italia 1)
Shoplifters Of The World Unite
Lipsynched performance.

5 February 1987 - Top Of The Pops (UK, BBC1)
Shoplifters Of The World Unite
This is available on "The Complete Picture", but the studio version of the song is dubbed over the footage.

7 February 1987 - San Remo Festival (Italy, RAI)
Shoplifters Of The World Unite
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Panic
Ask
Ask (different take)
Ask (different take, Morrissey dressed in white)
These performances were lipsynched. The Smiths were on a circular stage and surrounded by the crowd. The main set (the first five songs listed above) was broadcast on 25 May 1987, with songs interspersed with interviews. A different take of "Ask" alone had already been broadcast by itself on 15 February 1987 as part of a special feature on the San Remo Festival. Another different take was also broadcast at another time. One of these different takes has Morrissey dressed in black and wearing sunglasses just like on the main take, while for the other he was all dressed in white.

13 February 1987 - Megamix (Ireland)
Shoplifters Of The World Unite
Shot in a converted church.

10 April 1987 - The Tube (UK, Channel 4)
Sheila Take A Bow
Shoplifters Of The World Unite
The Smiths live in front of an audience for the last time. Two fans climbed on stage as if this was a regular Smiths concert.

23 April 1987 - Top Of The Pops (UK, BBC1)
Sheila Take A Bow
This is available on "The Complete Picture", but the studio version of the song is dubbed over the footage. Morrissey's hips are oscillating very wildly!

13 October 1987 - The Roxy (UK)
The Right Stuff (By Brian Ferry, featuring Johnny Marr)
This song is the Smiths "Money Changes Everything" with lyrics written by Brian Ferry.

12 December 1999 - UK Arena (UK)
In a show titled "Later On... The Smiths", most Top Of The Pops and other television program appearances by the Smiths, Morrissey and Electronic were shown. Included bits of interviews.

 

Quotes

"I must be brutally honest but I find doing Top Of The Pops great fun, which is something very hard for the old lips to say. (...) I know I should spit on the whole idea of Top Of The Pops but I can't. I think the groups that criticise Top Of The Pops are those that probably know they'll never get on there. If you can do something different on Top Of The Pops then you've got some value."
- Morrissey in the 3 November 1984 issue of Melody Maker