To be honest this isn’t technically a new purchase as Mr Dreadful has owned this original Smiths poster for many years. But we finally took a deep collective breath and forked out the dosh to get it framed - quite a wodge of cash due to the humongous size. We had a mission carrying it home (I kept expecting one of those comedy film moments to happen, with a man on a bicycle careering uncontrollably down a hill towards us), and then a heart-stopping second when it didn’t look as though it would fit on top of the mantelpiece. Thankfully it just scraped in, but you can see how tiny my vases look next to it.
The poster is for The Smiths single ‘Sheila Take a Bow’, which reached number 10 in the UK singles chart in 1987 (the highest ranking single of their career). The photograph is of transgendered woman Candy Darling, a member of the Andy Warhol Superstars and iconic member of the 1970s New York ‘set’. The image is taken from the Warhol film ‘Women in Revolt’. She is a fascinating subject in her own right, so I’ll put up a post about her later this week with some more images.
Here is a clearer image of the cover:
Candy Darling also appeared on the cover of the recent album ‘I Am A Bird Now’ by Antony and the Johnsons. The photograph is by Peter Hujar, titled ‘Candy Darling on her Deathbed’.
Is it wrong to want to live on your own?
No, it’s not wrong – but I must know
How can someone so young
Sing words so sad?