Singing The Smiths

Smiths Project: Janice Whaley sings entire catalog: Aidin Vaziri | Fans of the long-defunct British band the Smiths are an extraordinarily dedicated bunch. They bear large-scale tattoos of group leader Morrissey on their backs, attend annual conventions featuring look-alike tribute acts and, in Brooklyn, there’s even a Smiths-themed speed-dating event called – what else? – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now. But last year Janice Whaley took her adulation for the band to another level. The 35-year-old single mom spent countless hours in a closet-size space in her San Jose home recording every single song the Smiths released during their lucrative run between 1984 and 1987, using nothing but her own voice. She posted the results of her experiment every week on her blog, the Smiths Project. Read more.


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