- "You can hear Nils Lofgren's influence on me in the solo on 'Shoplifters Of The World Unite'. That's all done with false harmonics, which is a steel player's technique: you touch the strings with a right-hand finger an octave higher than where you're fretting, and then pluck the string with your thumb."
"I think of them as guitar breaks. I like the one in 'Shoplifters' -- that was the first time I used harmonizing layering. People have said it sounds like Brian May, but I was thinking of stacked Roy Buchanans."
"Also, you can leave [a wah pedal] on, opened slightly without even touching it -- that gives you a completely different tonal range. The 'Shoplifters' break was the
first time that I really discovered that. And if the filter is open in just the right place, you can get a harmonic to sing like a bird."
I have uploaded a Guitar Pro tab file here(right click to save).
Here is the complete score from the "Louder Than Bombs:Off The Record" book:
Here are the scans from the Singles tab book:
Here are the scans from the Complete Chord Dictionary:
Oscar80lt has a cool acoustic version of this here:
Here's The Smiths playing on The Tube. There's a couple of shots of Johnny's positions that might be helpful: