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NME reports success of "How Soon is Now?" cover


Tatu - Is that a flower in your back pocket or...?

The runaway success of Russian lesbian pop stars TATU has had two unlikely beneficiaries – MORRISSEY and JOHNNY MARR.

The one-time Smiths singer and guitarist/songwriters have already netted around £200,000 from Tatu’s cover of their 1984 classic ‘How Soon Is Now?’. The track appears on the duo’s two million-selling album ‘200km/H In The Wrong Lane’.

If, as is expected, ‘How Soon Is Now?’ is released as a single to coincide with Tatu’s mooted summer dates, and goes on to sell as many as the Russians’ current Number One ‘All The Things She Said’, Morrissey and Marr could earn another £50,000 from UK sales alone.

The cover has had a mixed response from Smiths fans, with one user of website Morrissey-solo.com describing it as a "crime against humanity."

However, Smiths expert Simon Goddard, author of the book ‘Songs That Saved Your Life’, said : "I think Morrissey’s camp humour would mean that he found it amusing. There was a terrible version of ‘How Soon Is Now?’ a couple of years ago by Snake River Conspiracy and he said it was better than the original."

Tatu’s Julia Volkova told NME that she had never heard of The Smiths before being given the song to sing: "[The producers] just put it on for us and we decided it was worth a try. Frankly speaking, we hadn’t known this group."
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Hehe. I remember that cover of "How Soon Is Now" by the Snake River Conspiracy. I think they used it for some TV show on the WB.
That cover was the worst of all the covers. I remember when Quicksand covered How Soon is Now, and at least it had a killer hardcore riff sans the familiar lyrics. Some songs are meant to be left alone. That song is our generation's "Stairway to Heaven"; no one else should play it but the men whom recorded it.
i think the tatu version is cute.
i heard it on the radio (which is weird because morrissey hardly gets played here) and freaked ou and called the radio station like, "who IS this?!" and i was like "whoa." i wouldnt buy the cd, but it would be nice to hear again.

on a side note- upon arriving to my apartment complex, i noticed a car with mexican license plates and lots of stickers. i made it a point to walk by th car and what do you know-a smiths sticker. i know how to spot 'em!
I work at a record store and the first time I heard T.A.T.U.'s cover I almost fainted. I agree about it being a crime against humanity. No, wait...it's worse than that.

Love Spit Love's cover or HSiN was quite good though.

btw--I'm new here...did a search on marion and johnny marr came up. Can't wait for the Toronto show...last time was soooo good.
I respect Richard Butler's history, and at least appreciate what he was trying to do.

But, overall, I think the song needs to be left alone. I have heard Quicksand and Everclear cover the very song as well, and it's not something that people should mess with.

Being that it's the 80s answer to "Stairway to Heaven", it should remain that way.