Reason #485 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Hatful Of Hollow

The first Smiths entry, hooray! Hatful Of Hollow was a compilation of B-sides and BBC sessions that included alternate versions of songs from their debut and one MONSTER of a single, How Soon Is Now, that made them superstars. These alternate versions were oftentimes better than the originals, which sounded a little too polished at times. The B-sides and rarities like William It Was Really Nothing, Handsome Devil and Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want and of course How Soon Is Now illustrated that even the Smith’s B-Sides were much better than most bands A-Sides. This was supposed to be a stop gap album, something to whet North American appetites while the band was working on their second album, but it became a proper album in its own right and remains a high point of the Smiths discography.