Well, it was nice while it lasted, but my spot is officially about to be blown up by a feature film revolving around my favourite band, The Smiths.
Shoplifters of the World tells the maybe true/maybe false story of a devastated Smiths fan who, on hearing the band had split up, hijacked a Denver radio station and forced them at gunpoint to play nothing but The Smiths until the police were able to apprehend him four hours later. The story first appeared in Mark Simpson’s Moz biography Saint Morrissey, and whether it’s true or not doesn’t really matter—it’s too good not to believe. And apparently, it’s too good not to make a movie out of either. Here’s the official synopsis:
In the Summer of 1987, four friends, reeling from the sudden break-up of the iconic British band the Smiths, embark on a night out of partying to mourn their musical loss. At the same time, an impassioned Smiths fan takes a local radio DJ hostage at gunpoint and forces him to play nothing but Smiths tracks. With the radio station playing as the soundtrack to their night, the friends go on a wild journey of self-discovery that will transform them forever. Featuring an incredible soundtrack—including 20 songs from The Smiths—Shoplifters Of The World is a glorious ode to the craziness of the ‘80s and the power of music to change people’s lives.
I’m stoked they’ve made this, and I hope, hope, hope it’s good. It’s being described elsewhere as a ‘Smiths-themed comedy,’ which is worrying, plus everyone in the trailer manages to shoehorn at least one Smith lyric or song title into everything the say (cringe)… Still, the music rules and it’ll turn a bunch of kids on to The Smiths. I like that. That’s good.
Shoplifters of the World comes out March 26.