Guantánamo, here we come
Out of place with The Smiths
in Why pamper life's complexities?
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A connection between The Smiths and suicide bombers might seem tenuous, but after 7/7 many of the group's songs haunted the CCTV captures. The Smiths' last studio LP Strangeways, Here We Come lies on a bookshelf, recognisable for a freeze-frame instant in the grain of surveillance footage. The Smiths' work might shed some light on the ways in which media objects and processes contribute to economies of emotion that connect dispersed people and locations. The spaces created by pieces of music invest locations with specific psychic material. The Smiths' discography continues to demonstrate how everyday life here is cut through with imaginaries from elsewhere that can provide escape routes to other ways of thinking and feeling. Such attempts to delimit the meanings of The Smiths are also often based on a naive notion of musical homology that posits certain types of music as representing particular social identities.

Why pamper life's complexities?

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