1985-09-28 Clickimin Centre, Lerwick

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steve ®

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Post 13-Apr-2007 18:23

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Clickimin Centre, Lerwick, Shetland Isles - 28 September 1985
Shakespeare's Sister
I Want The One I Can't Have
What She Said
Nowhere Fast
What's The World
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
Stretch Out And Wait
Frankly, Mr Shankly
Bigmouth Strikes Again
Still Ill
(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame/Rusholme Ruffians
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Meat Is Murder
/This Charming Man
/Hand In Glove
/Miserable Lie
The Ferry to the Shetlands leaves in the evening, takes about 14 hours and arrives early the next morning. Apart from our Party of 5, there were about 10 other people who we'd see at each stop on this tour, 6 of which were also on the Ferry, which gave us all a chance to get to know each other. There were 2 pairs of girls traveling together, and a married couple, who we learned were actually on their honeymoon, and had decided on a driving tour of Scotland rather than the more usual tropical beach. Being more sensible that the rest of us, they had opted for a berthed ticket, which meant when we'd tired of chatting and drinking, they got a cabin and a bed, while the rest of us had to make do with the benches in the main lounge. It was a long night.
Seven o'clock the next morning we're staggering bleary eyed onto the dock in Lerwick. Lerwick has a nice square harbour just outside the main town. It's only a few hundred yards to walk up from there to the main drag, and we take the first hotel we come to and book a room. The Hotel is more like a B&B than anything, my room is right at the back down a sloping corridor ... feels like I'm going into a bunker. But all I want is some sleep, and the bed is soft, which is all I really care about.
Everyone seems to surface around mid-day. Me and Paul wander down the main street, and end up in the pub, where we find everyone else. Not too many places to go to in this town. Get a drink and some lunch, and chat with the locals. They tell us that almost all the 'youngsters' will be going to tonight's show. Not many bands get out this far ... they get 2 or 3 shows a year, so everyone goes to everything.
After lunch we decide to check out the venue. The Clickimin Centre is just outside the main town, although it only takes 5 minutes to walk there. It's like a small sport centre standing in the middle of some rocky fields ... with lots of sheep running around, and the wind whistling down the slopes. We can hear the band inside doing their soundcheck. There's no security ... well, the sheep don't seem too bothered what we get up to, so we wander in. Inside it still looks like a sport centre ... wooden floor, steel struts ... probably even climbing frames on the walls. I'm kidding about that ... but that's the kind of atmosphere. I haven't brought my recorder with me, so we just watch the last few songs being soundchecked, and then wander up to chat to the Smiths as they sit around afterwards. They flew in that morning and it's obviously not the usual sort of gig for them either. It really does feel like we're on some sort of adventure together. We chat for about half an hour, and then the local press arrive and want to take some photos with the Clickimin staff who have appeared out of nowhere. We all troop outside where there's a small 'Clickiman Centre' sign, and the Smiths pose with and without the staff for the photographers. We also have our cameras and click away merrily. Afterwards we wander back in, and quite soon the Smiths are off, and we're back to the Hotel.
The gig is strange. As promised all the youth of Lerwick are down for the show. A complete mixture of people of all shapes and styles. The hall is nowhere near full, but there's a fair crowd down by the stage. Most of our lot gather down the front right had side of the stage. Most of the rest of the front of the hall is occupied by Heavy Metal fans ... studded belts and Iron Maiden T shirts, chanting away. Me and Paul retire to the soundboard to chat with Grant, and just before the show starts I wander off to stand in front on the left side speakers in clear space ... ideal for a good recording. When the Smiths come on, the mood is antagonistic. Most people are waiting to be entertained. The metal fans down the front are going to have fun by shouting insults. But the Smiths seem to see this as a challenge and play a blinding set. Morrissey is on top form with great barbed comments aimed at the Heavy Metal Louts. As they come out for the encore, he invites them all to leave, 'because you're boring'. Its a wonderful show to watch, and I feel I'm missing out having to stand out of the way recording. As 'Miserable lie' starts I can bear it no longer ... I need to participate. So I rush back to the soundboad, put my tape recorder and mic on the front of the board, and indicate to Grant that its there, so he can keep an eye on it. Then I'm off down the front. As I get there I have a vague idea that the locals should be seeing a typical Smiths gig, and that what's missing is a stage invasion. So I clamber onto the stage, and I'm followed by one of the girls. There's no security up there, and they're only half way through the song. So we bounce around the stage and end up dancing with Johnny until the song finishes. The smiths leave the venue, and we jump down from the stage. I'm immediately asked by one of the Heavy Metal Fans if we were 'part of the act'. Jo brings me down to earth by telling me I'd made a fool of myself, and that she's never seen anyone look so self-conscious. But really I couldn't care less ... best Smiths show I ever went to. In fact, next day at Aberdeen as the Smiths disembarked their coach for the soundcheck, Morrissey called over and thanked me for 'saving the show'. While I'm sure it was slightly tongue in cheek, it certainly made my day.
Co-incidentally, the only other time I've ever decided to jump on stage was at the Venue in Victoria, with a band called the Polecats, when I also ended up dancing with their guitarist ... a Mr Boz Boorer!
I know this recording has already been seeded here, and I would imagine from my original transfer. It was one of the first Smiths shows I ever transferred onto CD ... probably 1998 or 1999. Anyway, as it's my favorite, I thought I'd 're-master' it. I'm sure I have better equipment these days. So I've done this straight from tape with very little post processing ... a nice clean transfer. Hopefully a bit better than the original.
Again this was recorded using my Sony Professional Walkman with Sony EMC-929LT Mic onto Metal tape
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Post 13-Apr-2007 19:53 (after 1 hour 29 minutes)

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Interesting story, thank you, Steve!
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Post 13-Apr-2007 20:39 (after 45 minutes)

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Thank you Steve for your ongoing series of masters!
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Post 13-Apr-2007 21:01 (after 22 minutes)

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Thanks again!!!
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Post 13-Apr-2007 21:13 (after 11 minutes)

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Once again, Friday night has given me a warm Smithsy feeling inside, before I go to bed.
Hopping onto this one now, and will stay seeding as long into tomorrow as possible.
Get these whilst you can, people - even if you don't listen to them all right away, you've got years of enjoyment ahead of you, and you can all chip in next time someone wants to hear these historic recordings!
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Post 13-Apr-2007 22:22 (after 1 hour 8 minutes)

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as usual.. THANKS a LOT Steve !
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Post 13-Apr-2007 23:22 (after 1 hour)

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I love Fridays. Thanks again, Steve.
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Post 14-Apr-2007 01:56 (after 2 hours 33 minutes)

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Steve, thank you, another master to download = another great story behind your recording =)
btw, here's the original text that came with the CDR version I got from another torrent site about 3 years ago:
The Smiths
Clickimin Centre
Lerwick, Shetland Islands UK
09/28/1985
As I understand it:
CD>EAC>SHN
Audience (very good)
01. Intro
02. Shakespear's Sister
03. I Want What I Can't Have
04. What She Said
05. Nowhere Fast
06. What's The World
07. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
08. That Joke Isn't Funny Any More
09. Stretch Out And Wait
10. Frankly Mr. Shankly
11. Bigmouth Strikes Again
12. Still Ill
13. Rusholme Ruffians
14. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
15. Meat Is Murder
16. This Charming Man
17. Hand In Glove
18. Miserable Lie
Text file by terrapinstation 04/26/2004.

and here are the artwork files that came with it (i have not modified the cover art or back art).
FRONT COVER
BACK COVER
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Post 14-Apr-2007 11:24 (after 9 hours)

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I just want to say thanks Steve for recording all these shows and giving people like me, who were never able to see the smiths live, a chance to hear what they were like :-) Good audience recordings always seem more "real" than ones from the soundboard...dont know why?!
This recording sounds amazing though. Was also wondering how long did you continue recording the smiths for?
Cheers mate, Rob
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Post 14-Apr-2007 11:49 (after 25 minutes)

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Many Thanks
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Post 14-Apr-2007 14:49 (after 2 hours 59 minutes)

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Thanks Steve
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Post 15-Apr-2007 01:17 (after 10 hours)

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thank you Steve for another excellent post!
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Post 16-Apr-2007 19:50 (after 1 day 18 hours)

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Thanks for giving context to all the shows as they happened. ;-)
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Post 17-Apr-2007 15:11 (after 19 hours)

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Thanks!
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Post 20-Apr-2007 19:05 (after 3 days)

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I'm sorry for being so late in thanking you for this gem of a recording-cum-story, Steve. Earlier I seeded a torrent made from a cassette copy that I got around '89, but it doesn't get any better than this. Simply fantastic, man!!!
I take it any photies of you on stage with the band are out of the question? :grin:
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