The Smiths to Release 7" With Two Unreleased Tracks

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Smiths fans of the world unite: the legendary British indie band will release a 7" single with previously unreleased music on both sides. 

Warner Music U.K. will issue a previously unheard "demo mix" of "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side," the original of which appeared on the classic 1985 album The Queen Is Dead. 

The B-side is an unissued cut of "Rubber Ring," a track which originally appeared on the flip side of the "Thorn" single release.


Morrissey contributed the new cover art (which features Salford actor Albert Finney and can be seen here), and revealed the news from the online fanzine True To You.

For an act that disbanded back in 1987 with little hope for a lifeline, the recent months have turned up some surprise Smiths treats. 

Guitarist and co-songwriter Johnny Marr writes extensively on the band in his new memoir Set The Boy Free. In one passage he revealed he and Morrissey almost reunited the band. "For four days re-forming the Smiths was a very real prospect," he wrote.


 

Whether the "Thorn" release is part of a raid on the Smiths vault is unclear at this stage and release details for the single have yet to be announced.