If The Smiths had called it a day after Meat Is Murder, and never released The Queen Is Dead, they would surely still be seen as one of the finest British bands ever – a perpetual legacy was assured soon after their second album. But on June 16th 1986, when the band released their third record proper, they entered an exclusive league that grants new membership once a decade at best. Since that day they have been spoken and written about in the same breath as The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols - but very few others.
This DVD is a visual review of this groundbreaking record, its writing, recording, production, release and legacy. Showing for the first time how it all came together and what made it so great, the film is all at once hugely enlightening, downright entertaining, and remains the only visual document of this momentous happening ever produced.
- Rare footage of The Smiths.
- Studio and live recordings of every track on the album
- Revealing interviews with band members and many others who worked with them on the record Footage of and comment on the pivotal influences on the music and lyrics
- Comment, criticism and review from; Engineer and co-producer of Q.I.D., Stephen Street; Manchester legend, the sorely missed Tony Wilson [RIP]; ‘The ‘fifth smith’ guitarist Craig Gannon; Author of Morrissey and Marr: The Severed Alliance, Johnny Rogan; 1980s NME Editor and Smiths champion, Len Browne; Head Of English at Clare College, Cambridge, Professor Steven Logan; From Suede, the Smiths inspired Brett Anderson; Author of Morrissey : The Pageant Of His Bleeding Heart, Gavin Hopps; Guitar instructor, musician and journalist (Guitar Magazine), Douglas Noble and legendary Smiths’ road manager and all-round raconteur, Grant Showbiz
- In The Studio – a ‘featurette’ with Stephen Street, on working with the Smiths from behind the desk , throughout their career.
- The Queen Is Dead Interactive Challenge – an exclusive gaming feature:
- Contributor Biographies – Meet The Panel;
- Beyond DVD – Even More Smiths!