Twenty-five years ago this month, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce issued The Smiths‘ landmark LP, The Queen Is Dead. And to many faithful fans, the 10-song collection is the band’s finest hour; a sonically gorgeous mix that sees Morrissey’s remarkable wit and dark compassion taking center stage. His most heartfelt lyrics are as keenly sharp as Marr’s surefire riffage. So without further ado, we raise our glasses to this incredible masterwork with a collection of covers.

The Boo Radleys – “The Queen Is Dead”

Cursive – “Frankly, Mr. Shankly”

Jeff Buckley – “I Know It’s Over”

Billy Bragg – “Never Had No One Ever”

El Fuzzy – “Cemetry Gates”

Placebo – “Bigmouth Strikes Again”

J Mascis – “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side”

Janice Whaley – “Vicar in a Tutu”

Nada Surf – “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”

Vitamin String Quartet – “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others”

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By MacKenzie Wilson