'Take me back to dear old Blighty'
Englishness, pop and The Smiths
in Why pamper life's complexities?
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The most substantial and enduring controversy associated with The Smiths is perhaps the one that centres upon issues of national identity. This chapter examines the particular forms of national identity that are imagined in the work of The Smiths. The sentiments articulated in the work of The Smiths were often held to express a quintessential Englishness at a time of fundamental cultural change. Although The Smiths created their whole milieu as an antithesis to the lavishness of the early 1980s. The label 'Luddite Labour rock' alludes more to the direction of The Smiths' Englishness than to overtly political eighties artists like Billy Bragg. Englishness in pop has taken several directions since The Smiths. An important element of The Smiths' Englishness was its link to a childhood spent in Manchester in the 1960s and the 1970s.

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