Monday, February 06, 2006

Live from Manchester, The Trainors!

Geoff Trainor

Many of you probably think you know The Smiths. 80's indie rockers, riding the waves of the British Invasion. You are partially right, but their story goes back further than that.

In was a cool summer morning in Manchester, 1981, three years before The Smiths as you know them would take the world by storm with their hit debut. Morrissey was waiting at a barstool for his audition for vocalist lead in some local house band, when he stumbled upon a newspaper ad.

Wanted: Back-up vocalist for new band, The Trainors. Have a record deal!

Willing to do anything to get his foot in the door, Morrissey went to meet the band, fronted by Geoff Trainor.

The Original Line-Up Of The Trainors

Little did Trainor know that the rest of the band, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce, were looking to replace their tyrannical frontman. Canadian born Trainor never quite fit in with the rest of the band, despite having written all their songs.

It was Marr who came up with the plan. They had all the material they needed for numerous releases, so all they had to do was find a replacement singer. Marr convinced Trainor that the band needed another voice to add a bit of harmony to the group.

When Morrissey arrived, Marr knew instantly that he would be the one to replace Trainor, mostly because he thought his name sounded better, more rock and roll. So Morrissey was in, and Trainor slowly faded out. They changed their name to The Smiths and by 1982, it was as if he never existed. The band, with Morrissey at the helm, released their first stolen single, Hand in Glove, in May of 1983.

The "Smiths" Try To Apologize With Flowers

As far as the Smiths go, the rest you already know. Trainor on the other hand was forced to go solo. He waited 20 or so years and attempted a come back with a friend of his, Jack.

Recently Marr and Rourke got together on stage for the first time in 20 years at the Manchester vs Cancer charity event. They played a couple of the very songs they stole from Trainor. This time without Morrissey. It seems no one is safe from their wrath.

Here are some other offenders:

At The Drive-in - This Night Has Opened My Eyes
Belle & Sebastian - The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Billy Bragg - Jeanne
Pete Yorn - Panic
Placebo - Bigmouth Strikes Again
Sloan - This Charming Man
t.A.T.u. - How Soon Is Now?
The Decemberists - Ask
The Lucksmiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
The Thrills - Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Deftones - Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want

The Smiths - The Smiths
Morrissey - Live At Earls Court
The Smiths Is Dead - Smiths Tribute
String Quartet Tribute To The Smiths

Satan Comes In Fifth Place

Comments on "Live from Manchester, The Trainors!"


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (6/2/06 2:56 am) : 

What a blurry face you have, sir.


Blogger Geoff Trainor said ... (6/2/06 3:06 am) : 

Well you know, old picture and all.


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (6/2/06 3:07 am) : 

You may have been a precious 0 month-old writing Smiths' songs but I wrote most of the later Beatles' work and predicted the coming of Kurt Cobain (and thus the popularization of grunge).


Anonymous Johnny said ... (6/2/06 10:34 am) : 

Little know fact: I popularized the C chord in popular music. Before me, people were too lazy to learn how to play it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6/2/06 5:40 pm) : 

That's not Weezer - it's the Deftones


Anonymous casey's Mom said ... (6/2/06 9:25 pm) : 

Great picture---I laughed out loud and I don't laugh out loud.

casey's Mom


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (7/2/06 12:43 am) : 

And through his mother's grammar, the source of Casey's narcissism is discovered.

(note the capitalization and lack there of)


Anonymous Nic said ... (27/3/06 5:12 pm) : 

Took some of the covers. Thanks!


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