18 May 1985|
Paseo De Camoens, Madrid, Spain
William, It Was Really NothingThis was a free concert supported by the Madrid Townhall on the occasion of (the patron saint of Madrid) Saint Isidro's bank holiday. The socialist party was very interested in pop music and wanted to give a boost to a city that was culturally dead after 40 years of dictatorship. The Spanish were very welcoming and the concert was a success. Morrissey was also very energetic, he danced wildly but wasn't very talkative.
As in Barcelona two days earlier the Smiths played a 18 track setlist including the almost forgotten "This Charming Man" and the occasionally skipped "Barbarism Begins At Home", but not the lesser known "Stretch Out And Wait".
Morrissey introduced the current single "Shakespeare's Sister" as such: "This is our new single, it's called 'Shakespeare's Sister'." Similarly, "Hand In Glove" was introduced with the simple "This song is called 'Hand In Glove'." During "Still Ill" Morrissey fell to the floor and writhed like a dying animal. The most memorable quote of the evening was the introduction of "Meat Is Murder": "We have seen your national sport... and it's not very kind..." Besides that, Morrissey's banter consisted mostly of hello's and thank you's, as in "Thank you, you're very kind... thank you" after "Handsome Devil" and "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now".
When the Smiths returned to the stage for the third encore Morrissey told the audience "Thank you, we're very happy, thank you." During the ending of "Barbarism Begins At Home" Morrissey slowly removed his shirt while dancing, swung it around, and threw it into the audience. After "You've Got Everything Now" he simply said "Goodbye! We love you... thank you... goodbye... thank you..." and the band left stage a final time.
The complete concert was recorded and broadcast on Spanish television programme Edad De Oro. This was repeated in digital in 2006.
As for audio, the show was released on a few manufactured bootlegs. The most and probably only interesting one has to be "Unruly Boys" which includes the complete show in good sound quality, most likely from a television broadcast. The widely distributed "Live In Madrid" (available on brown vinyl LP and manufactured cd) also has the full concert from a tv broadcast, but the sound is not as good and the recording sounds slightly sped up.
The LP bootleg "Spanish Sun Live In Madrid" features these 10 tracks, in very good quality: "How Soon Is Now?", "Handsome Devil", "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore", "Shakespeare's Sister", "Rusholme Ruffians", "Hand In Glove", "Meat Is Murder", "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now", "Miserable Lie" and "Barbarism Begins At Home".
The 2-LP edition of "Never Had No One Ever" includes "Handsome Devil", "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore", "Shakespeare's Sister", "Rusholme Ruffians", "Meat Is Murder", "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now", "This Charming Man" and "You've Got Everything Now" while its cd counterpart only includes "Handsome Devil". This may have been sourced from "Live In Madrid" because it is also too fast. For both formats the main featured concert is the Smiths' final gig on 12 December 1986.
The factory pressed digipack cd "Wilde About The Smiths" and its vinyl reissue "Hang The DJ (Thrice!)" both feature "Meat Is Murder" from this concert alongside many other live tracks, rarities and radio/tv sessions.
Digital transfers of both "Unruly Boys" and "Live In Madrid" as well as untitled audios from various television broadcasts are available in digital format on the internet.
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