Favorite "Man" Songs #8 - "This Charming Man"

@teamfreak16 (36583)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
November 27, 2017 8:21pm CST
I'm running out of ideas, man. Ok, not really, I just needed a "man" sentence, to help introduce #8 in my Favorite "Man" Songs series, which involves songs with "man" in the title. It's been awhile since I last used these guys, but the eighth spot belongs to "This Charming Man" by The Smiths. 1983's "This Charming Man" was The Smiths' second ever single, and a non-album single. It did ok, chart-wise, not great, but ok,  reaching #25 in the UK, and #52 in Australia. However, it was re-released in 1992, when it peaked at #8 in the UK, becoming the band's highest charting single. Weird. Guitarist Johnny Marr actually wrote the music for "This Charming Man" for an appearance on the BBC's popular John Peel (R.I.P.) Show. It was then, due to that appearance, re-recorded by the band for the single version. Except that the band didn't much care for it and re-recorded it again, which is the version that you are familiar with. I've linked to a video of the song (although I am not 100% certain that it's the official video or not.) I do hope you'll enjoy it. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
A mimed appearance on BBC's Riverside that was recorded in a disused power station in London. This video also appeared on the 1984 NME 'Video Bongo' VHS/Beta...
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@FourWalls (9999)
• United States
28 Nov
And a good choice this is, man!
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@teamfreak16 (36583)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Nov
You know me, I have to use The Smiths whenever I get the chance.
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@Ronrybs (7132)
• London, England
29 Nov
Was never a great fan of The Smiths, so no great surprise I missed this one. Quite distinctive though
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@teamfreak16 (36583)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
29 Nov
The funny thing about The Smiths is that there seems to be no in between, people either really like them or really don't. Kind of like Rush.
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@Ronrybs (7132)
• London, England
30 Nov
@teamfreak16 Not really heard enough of Rush to be for or against!
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@teamfreak16 (36583)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
30 Nov
@Ronrybs - A lot of people on here can't stand them. They're one of my favorite bands.
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@dgobucks226 (6769)
7 Dec
A very charming tune! Catchy...these Manchester boys can rock man
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@teamfreak16 (36583)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
7 Dec
I love this band.
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8 Dec
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• Lakewood, Colorado
30 Nov
I remember this one Scott..Loved it.
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@teamfreak16 (36583)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
30 Nov
It is definitely one of their best.
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• Preston, England
28 Nov
@teamfreak16 great choice, I love The Smiths and Morrissey's solo work too
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@teamfreak16 (36583)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Nov
I do too. I used to sing "Suedehead" to my dog whenever I listened to it. He seemed to like it.
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@JohnRoberts (41053)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Nov
The Smiths. Enough said.
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@teamfreak16 (36583)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Nov
Just makes you wonder what could have been had Johnny Marr not left the band.
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@TRBRocks420 (62248)
• Banks, Oregon
28 Nov
Never heard it but pretty good.
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@teamfreak16 (36583)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Nov
I don't think it was released as a single over here. If you haven't listened to any "Best Of" or "Greatest Hits" type albums, it's possible that you probably didn't get to hear it.
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• United States
28 Nov
Oh, man, this song rocks. I really like the Smiths in the 80's.
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@teamfreak16 (36583)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Nov
Definitely one of the best bands of the 80's.
@JudyEv (101137)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Nov
Well, what can I say but - like, man!
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@teamfreak16 (36583)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Nov
Thanks, man!
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@andriaperry (33150)
• Anniston, Alabama
28 Nov
Man, I do not know this song.
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@teamfreak16 (36583)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Nov
Probably not surprising. I don't think it was released as a single over here. You probably wouldn't have heard it.