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The Smiths

The Boy With The Thorn In His Side

Alternative Rock
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1985
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“The Boy with the Thorn in His Side” is a song by The Smiths. It appears on their third album The Queen Is Dead but was released as a single (albeit in a different mix) several months before the album, reaching #23 in the UK Singles Chart in Autumn 1985. This was the first single by The Smiths to be accompanied by a promotional video, something the band had previously resisted. Some of the Smiths’ more purist fans at the time derided this as a sell-out. The following year, the New Musical Express greeted the news that the band had signed a contract with EMI with the headline “The Boy With The Thorn-EMI On His Side”. The jumping man on the cover of the single release is a young Truman Capote. The song was covered by Scottish band Bis on the tribute album The Smiths Is Dead. ... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ And if they don't believe me now ... Behind the hatred there lies

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Most votes come from Portugal, Spain, United States, Italy, France, Argentina, Ecuador, Netherlands, and Denmark.

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More songs by The Smiths (See Charts): Rusholme Ruffians, Reel Around The Fountain, Half A Person, Girlfriend In A Coma, Meat Is Murder, Asleep, Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others, I Know It's Over, Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, and The Queen Is Dead.

Popular in Alternative Rock (See Charts): Paranoid Android, Under The Bridge, Clocks, Yellow, Fix You, Californication, What I've Done, Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, Viva La Vida, and Times Like These.

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