We're still a little salty about Morrissey's diss of our fair city (a city he's called home) but Los Angeles' estimable Smiths fans shouldn't be punished for the rantings of cranky old men.
One young resident of California — San Francisco's Janice Whaley — has been working her way through the Smiths' entire catalog, covering every song they've ever recorded and playing every single part … with her voice.
It's called The Smiths Project, and Whaley originally set out to wrap it in a year. So far she's completed all of The Smiths ('84), Meat is Murder ('85) and The Queen is Dead ('86), and is working her way through Louder Than Bombs ('87).
The effect is positively Björk-like, recalling both the drama of Selmasongs and the experimental heft of Medúlla. Check it out:
Listen to more at Whaley's Bandcamp page. A recent message from Whaley on her blog:
If I though so many people would be listening to these covers when I first started out, I would have been too shy to do this project- BUT I'm so glad that I did. I'm doing all the things in life I'd like to!
Speaking of, I'd really like to finish this project! I just calculated that I need to post 2 songs per week from now to Dec 31. INSANITY. Wish me luck, guys…