Or alternatively......how your humble scribe greedily grabbed the bait.
I rarely do posts on Saturdays, but I'm all over the place this weekend with Mrs Villain being away with a crowd of her friends, leaving me home alone to suffer the agonies of the 2008 Ryder Cup (looks as if the Yanks are going to get a victory if Day 1 is anything to go by).
But a comment left behind by the handsome and talented ctelblog, author of the fantastic and educational Acid Ted blogspot, has to be taken head on.....
M'lud, Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury....young ctel has asked for evidence of great b-sides by the The Smiths. Let me delve into the cupboard, pull out all the 7" and 12" singles by the band that sit on the shelves, and allow me to read to you the full list of original Morrissey/Marr compositions that first appeared as b-sides in the order that they emerged:-
Back To the Old House
These Things Take Time
How Soon Is Now?
Please, Please, Please.....
Stretch Out And Wait
Money Changes Everything
The Draize Train
Is It Really So Strange?
Sweet And Tender Hooligan
Half A Person
I Keep Mine Hidden
I wont argue that they're all classics, but there's at least a dozen of the above list that gain huge votes in lists of best Smiths songs of all time.
I call upon the following witnesses to collaborate the evidence.
Oh and most of the list can be found on this handy compilation
mp3 : The Smiths - Girl Afraid
mp3 : The Smiths - Stretch Out And Wait
Oh and as a special treat, here's something Johnny Marr has described as "a spectacular combination" that can only be found on the flip side of an original 12" single, as the two tracks have been separated on all subsequent compilations.
mp3 : The Smiths - Rubber Ring/Asleep (via sharebee)