I have to admit that when I was a kid, when The Smiths were at their peak, I hated their music. But with maturity comes a greater appreciation of the finer things in life. It is for that very reason that our Flashback Friday for this week is How Soon is Now by The Smiths.
As I have already written above I never used to like The Smiths, perhaps it was an early aversion to Morrissey. However, I now appreciate that The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is an absolute genius. His style of guitar playing is instantly recognisable and has been described as jangly riffing but I think that belittles the complexity of much of Marrs guitar work. If you have ever tried to play the intro to This Charming Man you will know that yes it may well be jangly but it is not easy to play.
But if you are looking for something that is a little less jangly and a lot more brooding and dark in its tone then How Soon is Now is the song for you. It is also the reason why How Soon is Now is such a firm favourite amongst both those who love The Smiths as well as for those who don’t.
How Soon is Now was originally a B-side to William it was really nothing which was released in 1984. It was re-released as a single in its own right belatedly in 1985 and managed a UK singles chart high of 24.
How Soon is Now is perhaps not typical of The Smiths as it is a bit darker in sound and does not rely on multiple chord changes. The song is based round the F# chord only and Marr recorded the guitar part with multiple tremolo effects to create the swirling guitar sound that gives the song such impact.
How Soon is Now has been covered a number of times. For example the cover by Love Split Love was used in the soundtrack for the film The Craft which brought the song to a wider audience. It also later appeared as the theme tune for the US TV series Charmed.
To sum up How Soon is Now is a classic and is our Flashback Friday for this week.
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