Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before

Infobox Single |
Name = Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before


Artist = The Smiths
from Album = Strangeways, Here We Come
B-side = "I Keep Mine Hidden"
Released = 1987
Format = CD Vinyl
Recorded =
Genre = Alternative rock
Length = 3:32
Label = Sire Records (U.S.)
Writer = Morrissey
Johnny Marr
Producer =
Certification =
Last single = "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"
(1987)
This single = "'Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before"
(1987)
Next single = "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out"
(1992)

"Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" is a 1987 song by The Smiths.

miths original

The Smiths' song, written by the usual combination of Morrissey and Johnny Marr, came out on the group's 1987 album "Strangeways, Here We Come".

The song was originally supposed to be released as a single and a music video was filmed, featuring scenes of the group-iconic Salford Lads Club and surrounding areas being bicycled through by the lads and friends. Because of a reference to "plan a mass murder" in one lyric it was banned from airplay by the BBC because of the then recent Hungerford massacre, so the band decided not to release it.

"Stop Me ..." was subsequently included on the compilation album "Stop Me" and on "The Very Best of The Smiths".

The cover of the album portrayed British actor & singer Murray Head, famous for the songs, "Superstar" from the original London studio cast album Jesus Christ Superstar, "Say It Ain't So, Joe" and "One Night in Bangkok"

Cover versions

Mark Ronson: "Stop Me"

Infobox Single
Name = Stop Me


Artist = Mark Ronson featuring Daniel Merriweather
from Album = Version
B-side = "No One Knows"
Released = 2 April 2007
Format = CD 10" Record
Recorded =
Genre = Alternative rock/Hip hop
Length = 3:54
3:04 (Radio Edit)
Label =
Writer = Morrissey
Johnny Marr
Holland-Dozier-Holland
Producer =
Certification =
Album

Chronology = Mark Ronson singles
Last single = "Toxic"
(2007)
This single = "Stop Me"
(2007)
Next single = "Oh My God"
(2007)
In 2007, the song was re-composed with additional lyrics from the song "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by The Supremes by British-born New York DJ, Mark Ronson using the voice of Daniel Merriweather as the lead. The song itself stems from five interpretations of pre-existing remixes known as Chicken Lips remix, Chicken Lips remix dub, Dirty South remix and Dirty South remix dub, as well as the original song itself -- the majority of the interpretation from the chicken lips remix.Cole, Jenny. (2007) "Mark Ronson - Stop Me: track review" OMH Media: musicOMH"] The song was later released as a single on 2 April, 2007 with the record label, Columbia Records with the shortened name "Stop Me", and featured on the compilation album "Version". The music video, released at the same time as the song, features a man who finds a pair of trainers that control him and force him to run down a motorway. This version was not released in the U.S.. The U.S. version involve people crying animated tears, causing some small floods. Live versions such as Mark Ronson / Stu Zender featuring Merriweather - Stop Me (Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2007.07.12) have been televised, among others (BBC Radio 1, "Jimmy Kimmel Live".)

After release, the single reached number two in the UK Singles Chart, number one in the UK Download Chart and gained considerable praise and reference, as well as controversy from loyal Smiths fans despite its chart success being the highest ever UK chart position for a Smiths song.McCaighy, Stuart. (2007). "Mark Ronson - Stop Me: Track Review" ThisisfakeDIY: DIY Records] The music review site, ThisisfakeDIY, gave the single a 5-star rating, citing that its popularity stemmed from its abstraction from a typical Smiths song, resembling a "sweeping, orchestral pop song with horns to boot ... soulful, evocative vocals ... a stirring mix." This song was #80 on "Rolling Stone"'s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. [No byline (December 11, 2007). [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/17601363/the_100_best_songs_of_2007/20 "The 100 Best Songs of 2007"] "Rolling Stone". Retrieved 2007-12-21]

It received a mixed review from musicOMH reviewer, Jenny Cole who remarked that the notion of "discoing up a Smiths track" was a "travesty," and queried that "Morrissey would no doubt hate the idea of someone who's previously worked with Christina Aguilera and Robbie Williams" re-composing his songs. However, despite such reservations, the reviewer remarked that despite its composition -- "in a mad way it works ... Electronic, cheery and danceable, it's really not half bad" but that the addition of The Supremes to the song was "just mad".

The single also includes a cover version of the Queens of the Stone Age's "No One Knows" with vocals by Domino Kirke. A slightly shorter edited version (where the lyrics start at the first verse) was released to mainstream radio in October 2007 [http://www.promoonly.com/view_issue.php?IssueID=2965] .

A remix by Kissy Sell Out features on Ministry of Sound 2008 annual.

After the win and performance of Ronson at the 2008 editon of the Brit Awards, "Stop Me" climbed as high as number 31 in the iTunes Top 100 and re-entered the UK Top 75 Singles chart at number 51.

Track listing

*CD-Maxi
# "Stop Me"
# "Stop Me" (A Chicken Lips Malfunction)
# "Stop Me" (Dirty South remix)
# "No One Knows"

*CD-Single
# "Stop Me"
# "No One Knows"

*10" Vinyl
# "Stop Me"
# "No One Knows"

Groove Armada

On 2 May 2007, Groove Armada covered this song in an exclusive live session on the Jo Whiley show on BBC Radio 1, with ex-Jamiroquai bassplayer Stuart Zender playing bass. On the Australian network jtv, Plan B performed a live acoustic version for the segment "Like a Version"; admitting beforehand that he was unfamiliar with the song until the Mark Ronson cover was released.

References


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