Smiths Rarities Box-Set Cancelled by 'Record Label Politics'

Guitarist Johnny Marr says a box-set of rare and instrumental Smiths recordings was cancelled by silly label politics.

Smiths Rarities Box-Set Cancelled by 'Record Label Politics'
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Johnny Marr says he was set to release a box set of rare and instrumental songs by the Smiths - but was stopped by what he calls "record label politics." Speaking to NME, who awarded him their annual Godlike Genuis award this year, Marr said it would have been like a Beatles-style "Anthology" box set: "When I started putting The Smiths box-set together I discovered lots of different versions and instrumentals and different mixes that I wanted to put out. But I was stopped. I think that stuff should come out properly but there were politics that stopped me so I just gave up trying. "What I'm talking about is these bootlegs of instrumentals and alternative versions. I wanted them to come out properly. But someone, somewhere didn't want it out. I think that's a shame. I'm a fan and I like that stuff to be done properly. I really tried to protect the legacy." Marr released his debut solo album "The Messenger" this year, and will promote it with a tour across the UK in October.

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    TryTheKetchup
    Speaking about pros and cons of being under the record label, this is definitely one of those 'cons.'
    N7Crazy
    "What I'm talking about is these bootlegs of instrumentals and alternative versions. I wanted them to come out properly. But someone, somewhere didn't want it out..." To the guy who stopped this from becoming a thing: I don't know who you are - but I will find you... And I will kill you...
    iommi600
    Sometimes it's a shame that Morrissey doesn't work with him anymore... at this point, he would have just said "**** this" and started a fight with the label. Anyway - The Smiths is one of the best, if not the best IMO, when it comes to B-sides and alternative takes. That being said, whoever stopped this should eat a dick.
    Izzysaidwhat
    Willing to bet Morrissey is the one that put a stop to this. I love his music, but the guy can be a dick.
    joe.zawinul
    i am glad...
    UniformRecon
    Why is it that on every single article about the Smiths or Morrissey, there's always those guys that just have nothing to say but "They suck"?
    sklaiss24
    Probably because they never gave the band an honest listen. They heard "How Soon Is Now" didn't get it, and moved on... I didn't love The Smiths the first time I heard them, but I can say the same for about any of my favorite bands. Long live The Smiths. They're what pop music should be! Catchy, honest, funny, very deep and sometimes not so much. Love absolutely everything about the ****ing band. If only they could have lasted another few years...
    z3dy
    just for the monnieeehs greedy record labels, if he pass away, they're gonna release it