13 June 1984
Barrowlands, Glasgow
Nowhere Fast
Girl Afraid
Handsome Devil
William, It Was Really Nothing
This Charming Man
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Still Ill
I Don't Owe You Anything
Barbarism Begins At Home
Hand In Glove
/Pretty Girls Make Graves
/Miserable Lie
//What Difference Does It Make?
//You've Got Everything Now
When the fans turned up at the venue they were greeted with a locked door and a handwritten sign on the door which read "Sorry for the delay. The Smiths are recording Top Of The Pops in Newcastle."

Smiths concerts in Glasgow were always wild and hectic, and this one was no exception. The Smiths were very well received and the crowd cheered loudly between every song. They engaged in football-style chants on a few occasions. At some point during the show Morrisey took off his shirt, swung it round his head and attempted to throw it into the crowd, but it got stuck on the stage lighting hanging from the roof.

At the very beginning of the show Morrissey greeted the audience by roaring "Hello Glasgow! We're the Smiths!" Trouble started as early the second song "Girl Afraid" when Morrissey had to leave because people in the audience were spitting towards the stage, and the band had to finish the last quarter of the song as an instrumental. Johnny scolded the audience by saying "Morrissey is coming here to sing to you not to be spit on..." The troublemakers were booed and the crowd went into a chant of "Morrissey! Morrissey!". The man finally returned amid loud cheers as the band launched into "Handsome Devil".

Morrissey introduced "William, It Was Really Nothing" with the words "This is a new song, it's going to be our next single so, listen carefully!" In this early incarnation of the song he sang "William, it was really nothing, it was just your life". After its performance the crowd broke into another loud chant of Morrissey's name which only ended when the opening notes of "This Charming Man" were heard. The newest single "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" drew the crowd into a big singalong, just like the following numbers "Still Ill" and "I Don't Owe You Anything".

The intro to "Barbarism Begins At Home" was extended by a good minute because once again trouble kept Morrissey away from his microphone. When the Smiths took the stage again for the second encore, Morrissey led the crowd into a chant of "Smiths! Smiths! Smiths!".

Thanks to Martin Gray for input.


A good audience recording of the complete concert is available on fanmade compact discs and tapes, as well as in digital format on the internet. The recording captured quite well the energy of the audience. At least three transfers of similar quality (from different tapes apparently) are being circulated on the internet.


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