May 24, 2017

Manchester, England was founded by the Romans ca 70 A.D., but in the BBR universe it may as well lay dormant until 1982 when the Smiths formed there. The Smiths discography is small but nigh perfect, consisting only of proper albums The Smiths (1984), Meat Is Murder (1985), The Queen Is Dead (1986) and Strangeways, Here We Come (1987).  For the right kind of listener, say a young Chief Brown Brother in College Park, Maryland, those four records are a sustaining memory in a life of musical piousness.  That is the only kind of piousness on which we rely to try to process the senseless and unrelenting tragedy of life.




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