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The Smiths: Deliberately

Jon Savage, Sunday Times, 8 January 1984

THESE ARE EXCITING times for the Smiths. A top 20 record with only their second single, ‘This Charming Man’; a non-stop stream of interviews that have confirmed their status as music press darlings of the year; frequent television appearances, including Top of the Pops and an Old Grey Whistle Test Special; and now a chance even to produce a personal icon, Sandie Shaw, singing one of their songs ‘I Don’t Owe You Anything’.

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