Everyone knows that The Smiths made depressing music. Their songs were crafted to enjoy in your bedroom alone, when you’re feeling forlorn and poetic. But what you may not know is that the band also dabbled in some reggae music. Yes, that’s right, reggae. Don’t believe us? Take a listen below to the shelved reggae version of one of their most well-known cuts, “Girlfriend in a Coma”. Can you imagine Morrissey with dreadlocks?
According to SlicingUpEyeballs.com, the track is a part of a bootleg vinyl LP entitled Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals that was ripped and uploaded online by fans. Other notable goodies include two Johnny Marr instrumentals and an alternate version of “Sheila Take A Bow”. According to fans, the tracks came from a proposed 2001 Very Best of The Smiths two-CD set and a Queen Is Dead outtake compilation. If you’re looking for more details regarding the history of each outtake, you can head over to Extra Track for a track-by-track breakdown.
Check out the tracklist below and download your very own copy of the LP here. Or, sample a few tracks, including the reggae jam, below.
“Girlfriend in a Coma” (reggae version)
“I Misses You”
Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals Tracklist:
01. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
02. Reel Around The Fountain
03. Rusholme Ruffians
04. The Queen Is Dead
05. Sheila Take A Bow
06. This Night Has Opened My Eyes
07. Untitled One (Marr Instrumental)
09. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
10. Is It Really So Strange?
11. Frankly, Mr. Shankly
12. Shoplifters Of The World Unite (Reprise)
13. Girlfriend In A Coma
14. Death Of A Disco Dancer
15. Paint A Vulgar Picture
16. Untitled Two (Marr Instrument