'I don't owe you anything'
The Smiths and kitchen-sink cinema
in Why pamper life's complexities?
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The music of The Smiths enjoys a fruitful relationship with cinema which long surpasses the five years in which the band was together. This chapter examines how the kitchen-sink dramas of the early 1960s influenced Morrissey's writing. It proposes that beyond the literal references in his lyrics there lies a sensibility at the heart of these films akin to the one found in his poetic impulse. The chapter explains how cinema has 'returned the favour' by employing The Smiths' songs in various ways. From the 1960s onwards, it was indeed pop music and not literature, theatre or cinema that could most effectively speak for the young working classes. The references to kitchen-sink films in Smiths lyrics, album covers and pop videos are too numerous. Amongst the films that inspired him were Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, A Taste of Honey, The L-Shaped Room, Billy Liar and Poor Cow.

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