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The Smiths - This Charming Man (Official Music Video)
“Punctured bicycle on a hillside desolate.”
The Smiths’ second single opens with one of Marr’s most distinctive riffs, heralding one of the band’s greatest tracks.
The cycling guitar part - played on a 1954 Telecaster - is both strident and delicate at the same time.
The Mancunian band offered this classic song as their second single in October 1983, boasting one of the best opening lyrics in pop history.