Wonderful Woman

"I loved that song. I really, really loved it. Thats a good example of John Porter bringing out the essence of the band and a certain kind of sadness and putting it on the record. I always saw 'Wonderful Woman' as this thick, melancholic, dense atmosphere. It needed to drip with atmosphere and John had the patience to pour over it and do that. It all started to come together at about half four in the morning. I was thrashed through sheer tiredness because we'd been working three days non-stop. Those schedules that Rough Trade put John Porter under were unbelieveable by anyone's standards. But I was dying on me knees and John was going, 'Let's put a vibrato on that bit, let's do a high string thing here.' We were restringing guitars at five in the morning, just for one little bit, but he helped me through it."


"I always liked that song. I did it with John Porter during the night and I was pretty spaced out, it was magic though. I think I was 'muffled and strange' so that's why it sounds the way it does. "


- Johnny Marr




I have a Guitar Pro tab file and have uploaded it here(right click to save as). It seems fairly accurate to my ears, which is fantastic, because this is an amazing song that is often overlooked. The bass part is included in the tab.

Here are the scans from the Complete Chord Dictionary:





Daniel Earwicker does a haunting instrumental version on his Rickenbacker:




Here is captaincarwash, with a great sounding multi-track version:




dhowellbassist does a great version on his Ric 360:




And here are The Smiths, playing the song live, on July 6th, 1983:


9 comments:

chriskemnitz363 said...

i love the rick 12-string sound!

Jon said...

This is a great website, but the guitar pro files dont work- can anyone help me out here becuase I am desperate to learn this song!

Thom said...

Right click, save as. It's a RAR file. Open with WinRar. It works, I just tested it.

John said...

well done sir great site, it always amazes me that marr songs sound essentially simply but are so difficult to re-create now i know he was putting 15 or 16 tracks down i know why ha ha! :-)

Anonymous said...

Dear you who have done this.
This is an amazing site, i just discovered this and i must say i share almost every single opinion you have on Marrs work. Keep it up! You have done an amazing job!


Cheers from Hugo in Sweden

Ville said...
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Ville said...

Damn! The backinnyc vid is gone. Could somebody help me track it down, because it was maybe the best and most beautiful version of that song ever made.

Thom said...

backinnyc has a new youtube account, I think the old one was lost... I will message him about this video.

I really need to back up a lot of these videos...

Random Smiths Fan said...

damn I can't thank enough whoever made this website... It's like a dream come true