It seems there was a bit of a controversy over the Mark Ronson-produced/Daniel Meriweather version of The Smiths, Stop Me if You Think You’ve Heard This One Before, one of my favorite Smiths songs. Ronson, producer of that funk-hop sound from the likes of Amy Winehouse and Lilly Allen, released an album last year of remakes ranging from Coldplay to The Jam. After he chose Stop Me as the lead single from the album, he got death threats from angry Smiths fans for treading on sacred ground – namely one of the last Marr/Morrissey collaborations. Death threats from Smiths fans? Now, that’s not very Morrissey-like, now is it?
Frankly, I think the Ronson song is fantastic, but then again, I love the Amy Winehouse sound, too. I have been a rabid Smiths fan for going on 23 years now, and I don’t see why someone else can’t interpret what is a great song in their own way. The music is still the music, no matter how it sounds. The notes are still there and the lyrics haven’t changed. (Well, only slightly, only slightly…)
You be the judge – above is the Ronson version – below the original Smiths version. Both videos suck, BTW (although I like the nod to the Morrissey version with the bikers) and I’ll still take Morrissey over Daniel Merriweather – even now!