Showing posts with label Louder Than Bombs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Louder Than Bombs. Show all posts

Oscillate Wildly

"Initially the very notion of instrumentals was motivated by me. I suggested that 'Oscillate Wildly' should be an instrumental; up until that point Johnny had very little interest in non-vocal tracks. There was never any political heave-hoing about should we-shouldn't we have an instrumental and it was never a battle of powers between Johnny and myself. The very assumption that a Smiths instrumental track left Morrissey upstairs in his bedroom stamping his feet and kicking the furniture was untrue! I totally approved but, obviously, I didn't physically contribute."

- Morrissey

"Morrissey was very, very reluctant to use synthesizers or anything electronic. The only way Johnny and I could get around that was by trapping guitar notes into these extended infinite reverbs that would hold for a long, long time then use the fader to bring it in at the right moment. It sounds like a string-type effect but really it's just guitar notes. That's the way 'Oscillate Wildly' was built up. Johnny was still working with guitars but we were trying to stretch the possibilities and sounds of what we could do with it."

- Stephen Street

"There was never any plan for it to have lyrics. It was always going to be an instrumental and Morrissey encouraged me all the way."

"We did it really quickly in just one evening, but it came together so beautifully."

"'Asleep' was another one worked out on the upright I inherited when I moved into to the house in Bowdon, the same piano I wrote 'Oscillate Wildly' on. It had a pleasingly eerie quality about it. You could only play certain things on it. Weird, doomy music, which suited us fine."

"I don't walk around with a smile on my face, but I'm a lot happier. I play more and I enjoy making music. Of course, I'm in a position to say I'm happier because I know where the rent's coming from, but I don't want to take it for granted, I want to carry on making music. I've got a lot of faith in people who understand what I've been trying to do as a musician, from the start, but I've got no time for anybody who writes me a letter one week and says 'I stay up all night with headphones on, listening to "Oscillate Wildly"', and then, because of something they read in the music papers, they completely change their opinion of me. The thing about The Smiths split is that it's far too personal to explain."

- Johnny Marr

I uploaded a Guitar Pro file here.

Here's the complete band score from the "Louder Than Bombs:Off The Record" book:

Here are the scans from the Strangeways PVG book(thanks to MorrisseyScans for these sheets):

Here's a pretty definitive cover by mef1975:

And here is ianfilz:

William, It Was Really Nothing

"What 'William It Was Really Nothing' is about is... it occurred to me that within popular music if ever there were any records that discussed marriage they were always from the female's standpoint - female singers singing to women: whenever there were any songs saying 'do not marry, stay single, self-preservation, etc'. I thought it was about time there was a male voice speaking directly to another male saying that marriage was a waste of time... that, in fact, it was 'absolutely nothing'."

- Morrissey

"Some [tracks] may have been sped up. I don't know whether 'Wiliiam' was though; I didn't think so, just because it was so fast when we played it, we can't have wanted it even faster!

This is a 1962 Epiphone Coronet. Shortly after I got it I put it in 'Nashville Tuning', which means putting on an electric 12 string set (the bottom four strings are an octave higher than standard). It feels like your playing backwards because the higher strings are at the bottom. I used it to double a lot of the Rickenbacker arpeggios on Smiths records, most notably on 'William It Was Really Nothing'.

I got [a Gibson] J160 from Denmark Street when I moved to Earl's Court in 1984. I wanted one because John Lennon used one on the early Beatle's albums and I liked 'I Should've Known Better' and 'I'll Be Back'. I wrote 'Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want' on it and 'William It Was Really Nothing'.

'William' is quite a whimsical song really. I don't think it's broken all the rules in pop music, but to start a song with a short verse and then follow it with three choruses is quite good."

- Johnny Marr

July 1984, Jam Studios, London

Known guitars used on recording:
1962 Epiphone Coronet in nashville tuning

Composed on:
Gibson J160E

I have uploaded 2 different Guitar Pro files for this song here. They each cover different guitar parts, I think they are pretty helpful, along with the videos.

Thanks again to a contribution from Coxy, you can compare the Guitar Pro tabs to these tabs from Total Guitar. I have also uploaded the mp3 backing tracks from the Total Guitar cd here.

Here is a transcription from the Spring 2012 issue of Guitar Techniques:

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 Smiths Best Complete Score:

Here are the scans from the Complete Chord Dictionary:

Here is a short shot of Johnny playing the intro chords on his Martin D-35:

And here is Johnny on his Jaguar:

Here is a great video from elylester of the rhythm part:

Ely was kind enough to post the chords he used in the comments section of youtube:

Fadd9 CM7 Em7 Am7 (3x)
Fadd9 FM7
C Em7
FM7 G6 Gsus4
AM7 A7 Am7 CM7 D6add9 (2x)

Fsus4 F Gsus4 G

Am Am(maj7)
Am Am(maj7) Am7 D9
These are the chord shapes in standard tuning. Use a capo at the second fret.

Next there's his take on the lead part:

Here's modfather1965 with a cool two part lesson and his own covers:

Here's Daniel Earwicker:

Here's TheJibs:

Here's WilliamFs11:

Here's dhowellbassist on a Ric 360 in Nashville tuning:

Here's hatescoutingforgirls:

Here's Buttslapper1:

Here's Pandaprops on a 12 string acoustic:

Here's HalfAPerson83 on a Jaguar:

Here's chiasson65 on bass: