The Smiths

Hand in Glove

Composed by Johnny Marr / Morrissey

Song Review by

The stunning, surprising debut from the Smiths confirmed that from the beginning they were a band out to disrupt rock & roll as much as they embraced it. Such a strange but key tension can be summed up as the difference between Johnny Marr's inspired fusion of musical strains, everything from brisk English folk to glam stomp and punk energy, and Morrissey's unsettling explosion of the macho rock-singer ideal. "Hand in Glove" drew battle lines from the get go as a result, and did so with true style and skill intact. The sparkling music, relying on Marr's careful overdubbing of acoustic and electric guitars both, gained further polite heft from the spare but effective rhythm work of bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. The latter especially shone, adding a smacking wallop to the proceedings with the simplest of hits. Morrissey, meanwhile, commandeered all this to deliver his wounded lyric about looking for love somewhere, anywhere, under the hateful gaze of society, sung in his immediately identifiable, strained and haunted voice, desperately looking for answers and not finding them.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Hand in Glove 1983 Rhino / Warner Music 3:16
The Smiths 1984 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:22
Hatful of Hollow 1984 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:15
No Image 1986 Money Maker 3:30
Louder Than Bombs 1987 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:15
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Oldgold/Im 3:16
No Image 1992 WEA
The Best of the Smiths, Vol. 1 1992 Sire 3:23
Singles 1995 WP
Rough Trade Shops: 25 Years 2001
Various Artists
Mute 3:25
The Very Best of the Smiths 2001 Warner Music / WEA International 3:25
The Sound of the Smiths 2008 Warner Bros. / Warner Music 3:16
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Singles Box 2009 Rhino 3:17
Complete 2011 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:15
Royal Command Performance Dat
Stealers X Size
Unloveable Chelsea
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