Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of The Smiths’ first single, the enduringly excellent “Hand in Glove.” The song failed to chart — but it was later covered, curiously enough, by British pop singer Sandie Shaw, whose version reached #27 in the UK charts and helped a great deal in introducing the general public to the band. The idea of female singers covering the Smiths and/or Morrissey is interesting, simply because their songs are so quintessentially male in their own effete way. And so, in a repeat of the thought exercise we carried out with Leonard Cohen a few weeks back, we’ve rounded up a selection of Smiths covers (with the occasional Morrissey song for good measure) by female artists — including one particularly amazing track by Tiffany, of all people.
Tiffany — “Panic”
Wait, what? Did anyone else know that this existed? It’s amazing! It appears that Tiffany recorded “Panic” in 2007 for this compilation, but information is hard to come by. Whatever its provenance, the spectacle of Tiffany singing the Smiths over a weird, dystopian, Blade Runner-esque backing track is all kinds of awesome.