Released today in 1985: The Boy With The Thorn In His Side

Rough Trade RT191

Rough Trade RT191

Morrissey decided that the cover star for The Smiths’ single The Boy With The Thorn In His Side needed to be identified only by his given name: the sleeve credits ‘Truman’ only. (The only other subject whose surname wasn’t supplied was another American, James Dean, who appeared on the front of the next single). Truman (born Truman Streckfus Persons) was best known by the name Truman Capote, under which he wrote short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction, most famously the short novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958) and the “nonfiction novel” In Cold Blood (1966), a part-fictionalized piece of extended journalism about the murder of a Kansas farm-holding family. With the publication of the latter title, Capote’s literary career reached its zenith and during the 1970s he became a professional celebrity, a popular guest on television talk shows – a medium perfect for his witty, gossipy persona. Unfortunately, this period coincided with one of ill health and dependence on drugs and alcohol. He famously appeared on some television shows intoxicated and acknowledged that he was endangering his life by failing to manage his addictions, an unusually frank admission for the time. He spent some years in and out of rehab clinics and his breakdowns were a matter of public record. His licence was revoked when it was decided his behaviour made him unfit to drive, he was hospitalized after a hallucinatory seizure, and by the 1980s he had grown tired of fame and become reclusive, producing only the occasional short piece of writing until his death just over a year before the release of The Boy With The Thorn In His Side.

NEW SINGLES on sale from Sep. 27
CLASSIX NOUVEAUX (Sal Solo) The End…Or The Beginning? (Liberty BP414)
The SMITHS The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (Rough Trade RT191)


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