History Music / PattiSmith

6th Aug '16 1:08:40 PM Premonition45
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Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (b. 1946) is an American singer-songwriter and published poet who helped form a foundation for the American version of PunkRock with her ambitious 1975 album ''Music/{{Horses}}''. This distinction has to be made here, as on a tour to Britain in 1976, what might otherwise have been a [[DreamTeam fruitful collaboration]] was scuppered by [[Music/JohnLydon Johnny Rotten]] of the Music/SexPistols' sneering on-stage reference to ''[[NoTrueScotsman Horses, horses, fucking horses!]]'' It had been envisaged that the British and American versions of Punk be brought together with Patti fronting the Pistols in a few covers, but Rotten's clear disdain for what he saw as pretentious twaddle, combined with Smith's reciprocal criticism of the Pistols' lack of basic musical talent, killed that nice sentiment and entrenched the separation between the two schools of Punk.

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Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (b. 1946) (December 30, 1946-) is an American singer-songwriter and published poet who helped form a foundation for the American version of PunkRock with her ambitious 1975 album ''Music/{{Horses}}''. This distinction has to be made here, as on a tour to Britain in 1976, what might otherwise have been a [[DreamTeam fruitful collaboration]] was scuppered by [[Music/JohnLydon Johnny Rotten]] of the Music/SexPistols' sneering on-stage reference to ''[[NoTrueScotsman Horses, horses, fucking horses!]]'' It had been envisaged that the British and American versions of Punk be brought together with Patti fronting the Pistols in a few covers, but Rotten's clear disdain for what he saw as pretentious twaddle, combined with Smith's reciprocal criticism of the Pistols' lack of basic musical talent, killed that nice sentiment and entrenched the separation between the two schools of Punk.
8th Jun '16 10:18:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* OneOfUs: Her work has always been heavily influenced by her favourite writers and musicians ranging from {{Romanticism}} to TheBeatGeneration to PunkRock, but she also wrote a FilkSong based on ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. In ''M Train'', she spends several chapters gushing about various crime shows (and ''Series/DoctorWho''), and even briefly outlines a ''Series/TheKilling'' fanfic she'd like to write.

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* OneOfUs: Her work has always been heavily influenced by her favourite writers and musicians ranging from {{Romanticism}} to TheBeatGeneration Creator/TheBeatGeneration to PunkRock, but she also wrote a FilkSong based on ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. In ''M Train'', she spends several chapters gushing about various crime shows (and ''Series/DoctorWho''), and even briefly outlines a ''Series/TheKilling'' fanfic she'd like to write.
2nd Dec '15 10:03:30 AM beergood
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She has many popular songs, including but not limited to "Because the Night," "Dancing Barefoot," "Gloria," "Redondo Beach," and "Free Money." In 2010, she won the National Book Award for her latest book, a memoir entitled ''Just Kids''. "Dancing Barefoot" was covered by Music/{{U2}} and appeared as the [[{{BSide}} B-Side]] to "When Love Comes to Town", gaining almost as much radio airplay as the A-side.

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She has many popular songs, including but not limited to "Because the Night," "Dancing Barefoot," "Gloria," "Redondo Beach," and "Free Money." In 2010, she won the National Book Award for her latest book, a memoir entitled ''Just Kids''. A sequel, ''M Train'', appeared in 2015. "Dancing Barefoot" was covered by Music/{{U2}} and appeared as the [[{{BSide}} B-Side]] to "When Love Comes to Town", gaining almost as much radio airplay as the A-side.


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* OneOfUs: Her work has always been heavily influenced by her favourite writers and musicians ranging from {{Romanticism}} to TheBeatGeneration to PunkRock, but she also wrote a FilkSong based on ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. In ''M Train'', she spends several chapters gushing about various crime shows (and ''Series/DoctorWho''), and even briefly outlines a ''Series/TheKilling'' fanfic she'd like to write.
3rd Nov '15 8:19:54 PM karstovich2
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** "Because the Night" is a bizarrely complicated form: the song was originally written by Music/BruceSpringsteen, but Bruce gladly let Patti record a version first (with her own modifications). He subsequently released his own version, leading some to think of ''that'' as the cover. More recent versions by both artists mix-and-match between Bruce's original lyrics and Patti's additions, and both are usually credited as co-authors. This is just what happens when two great songwriters are good friends, one supposes...
9th Jul '15 2:42:04 AM moloch
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Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (b. 1946) is an American singer-songwriter and published poet who helped form a foundation for the American version of PunkRock with her ambitious 1975 album ''Music/{{Horses}}''. This distinction has to be made here, as on a tour to Britain in 1976, what might otherwise have been a [[DreamTeam fruitful collaboration]] was scuppered by [[Music/JohnLydon JohnnyRotten]] of the Music/SexPistols' sneering on-stage reference to ''[[NoTrueScotsman Horses, horses, fucking horses!]]'' It had been envisaged that the British and American versions of Punk be brought together with Patti fronting the Pistols in a few covers, but Rotten's clear disdain for what he saw as pretentious twaddle, combined with Smith's reciprocal criticism of the Pistols' lack of basic musical talent, killed that nice sentiment and entrenched the separation between the two schools of Punk.

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Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (b. 1946) is an American singer-songwriter and published poet who helped form a foundation for the American version of PunkRock with her ambitious 1975 album ''Music/{{Horses}}''. This distinction has to be made here, as on a tour to Britain in 1976, what might otherwise have been a [[DreamTeam fruitful collaboration]] was scuppered by [[Music/JohnLydon JohnnyRotten]] Johnny Rotten]] of the Music/SexPistols' sneering on-stage reference to ''[[NoTrueScotsman Horses, horses, fucking horses!]]'' It had been envisaged that the British and American versions of Punk be brought together with Patti fronting the Pistols in a few covers, but Rotten's clear disdain for what he saw as pretentious twaddle, combined with Smith's reciprocal criticism of the Pistols' lack of basic musical talent, killed that nice sentiment and entrenched the separation between the two schools of Punk.
2nd May '15 5:43:15 AM AgProv
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* AmericansHaveWackyNames: in the song ''Citizen Ship'', about immigrants arriving in New York, Patti's spoken, or rather rudely shouted, interlude involves turning to the other band members and Americanising the more difficult to spell Slavonic names.


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* WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames: in the song ''Citizen Ship'', about immigrants arriving in New York, Patti's spoken, or rather rudely shouted, interlude involves turning to the other band members and Americanising the more difficult to spell Slavonic names.
2nd May '15 5:41:43 AM AgProv
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* AmericansHaveWackyNames: in the song ''Citizen Ship'', about immigrants arriving in New York, Patti's spoken, or rather rudely shouted, interlude involves turning to the other band members and Americanising the more difficult to spell Slavonic names.
16th Apr '15 10:19:58 AM Patachou
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Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (b. 1946) is an American singer-songwriter and published poet who helped form a foundation for the American version of PunkRock with her ambitious 1975 album ''Music/{{Horses}}''. This distinction has to be made here, as on a tour to Britain in 1976, what might otherwise have been a [[DreamTeam fruitful collaboration]] was scuppered by Johnny Rotten of the SexPistols' sneering on-stage reference to ''[[NoTrueScotsman Horses, horses, fucking horses!]]'' It had been envisaged that the British and American versions of Punk be brought together with Patti fronting the Pistols in a few covers, but Rotten's clear disdain for what he saw as pretentious twaddle, combined with Smith's reciprocal criticism of the Pistols' lack of basic musical talent, killed that nice sentiment and entrenched the separation between the two schools of Punk.

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Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (b. 1946) is an American singer-songwriter and published poet who helped form a foundation for the American version of PunkRock with her ambitious 1975 album ''Music/{{Horses}}''. This distinction has to be made here, as on a tour to Britain in 1976, what might otherwise have been a [[DreamTeam fruitful collaboration]] was scuppered by Johnny Rotten [[Music/JohnLydon JohnnyRotten]] of the SexPistols' Music/SexPistols' sneering on-stage reference to ''[[NoTrueScotsman Horses, horses, fucking horses!]]'' It had been envisaged that the British and American versions of Punk be brought together with Patti fronting the Pistols in a few covers, but Rotten's clear disdain for what he saw as pretentious twaddle, combined with Smith's reciprocal criticism of the Pistols' lack of basic musical talent, killed that nice sentiment and entrenched the separation between the two schools of Punk.



[[NamesTheSame Not to be confused with 80s singer Patty Smyth]].



* ''Radio Ethiopia'' (1976)
* ''Easter'' (1978)
* ''Wave'' (1979)

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* ''Radio Ethiopia'' ''Music/RadioEthiopia'' (1976)
* ''Easter'' ''Music/{{Easter}}'' (1978)
* ''Wave'' ''Music/{{Wave}}'' (1979)



* ''[[CoverAlbum Twelve]]'' (2007)

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* ''[[CoverAlbum Twelve]]'' ''Twelve'' (2007)



* AmbiguousGender: The cover of ''Horses'', photo by Creator/RobertMapplethorpe. Patti's relatively deep voice adds to this.
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: Her autobiography mentions how she realised she wanted to be a singer when she saw one of the final concerts of TheDoors and thought she felt something passing from Jim Morrison to her. And then there's the whole infatuation with ArthurRimbaud...
* [[BadassGrandpa Badass Grandma]]

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* AmbiguousGender: The cover of ''Horses'', ''Music/{{Horses}}'', photo by Creator/RobertMapplethorpe. Patti's relatively deep voice adds to this.
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: Her autobiography mentions how she realised she wanted to be a singer when she saw one of the final concerts of TheDoors Music/TheDoors and thought she felt something passing from Jim Morrison to her. And then there's the whole infatuation with ArthurRimbaud...
* [[BadassGrandpa Badass Grandma]]Grandma]]: She is in her seventies now and still going strong.



* ContinuityNod: "Radio Baghdad" (2004) to "Radio Ethiopia" (1976)

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* ContinuityNod: "Radio Baghdad" (2004) to "Radio Ethiopia" to ''Music/RadioEthiopia'' (1976)



* CoverAlbum: "Twelve" is entirely full with covers.



* EpicRocking: Most of her albums have at least one song pushing 10 minutes, frequently based around her poetry.

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* EpicRocking: Most of her albums have at least one song pushing 10 minutes, frequently based around her poetry. "Radio Ethiopia" from ''Music/RadioEthiopia'', for example.



* HairyGirl: the cover of her ''Easter'' LP shows Patti flaunting natural armpits.

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* HairyGirl: the cover of her ''Easter'' ''Music/{{Easter}}'' LP shows Patti flaunting natural armpits.



-->Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine/Meltin' in a pot of thieves/Wild card up my sleeve/Slick heart of stone/My sins my own/They belong to '''ME.''' '''ME.'''

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-->Jesus --> ''Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine/Meltin' in a pot of thieves/Wild card up my sleeve/Slick heart of stone/My sins my own/They belong to '''ME.''' '''ME.'''''' ''



* LadyLooksLikeADude

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* LadyLooksLikeADudeLadyLooksLikeADude: She is well known for her androgynous look.



* NamesTheSame: Not to be confused with 80s singer Patty Smyth.
* NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: She may ''technically'' be a PunkRock artist, but she's touched on and/or been influenced by Beat Poetry / Spoken Word, ProtoPunk, {{Reggae}}, Folk, CountryMusic, {{Funk}} and {{Soul}}-influenced Rock, borderline-[[NewWaveMusic New Wave Pop]], GarageRock and PsychedelicRock, among others.

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* NamesTheSame: Not to be confused with 80s singer Patty Smyth.
* NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: She may ''technically'' be a PunkRock artist, but she's touched on and/or been influenced by Beat Poetry / Spoken Word, ProtoPunk, {{Reggae}}, Folk, CountryMusic, {{Funk}} and {{Soul}}-influenced Rock, borderline-[[NewWaveMusic New Wave Pop]], GarageRock GarageRock, NoiseRock and PsychedelicRock, among others.



* ProtoPunk and PunkRock: ''Horses'' was the first album released by a band from the New York Punk scene, and by extension one of the first PunkRock albums released, period. She was a huge influence on many later bands as well, though her sound is unconventional by Punk standards (see the above trope).
* RefrainFromAssuming: The "[[AlbumTitleDrop Horses! Horses! Horses! Horses!]]" song on ''Horses'' is actually called "Land." To further confuse matters, the song "Distant Fingers" on ''Radio Ethiopia'' has the chorus "Land, land, land."

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* ProtoPunk and PunkRock: ''Horses'' ''Music/{{Horses}}'' was the first album released by a band from the New York Punk scene, and by extension one of the first PunkRock albums released, period. She was a huge influence on many later bands as well, though her sound is unconventional by Punk standards (see the above trope).
* RefrainFromAssuming: The "[[AlbumTitleDrop Horses! Horses! Horses! Horses!]]" song on ''Horses'' is actually called "Land." To further confuse matters, the song "Distant Fingers" on ''Radio Ethiopia'' ''Music/RadioEthiopia'' has the chorus "Land, land, land."



* SurvivalMantra: her take on the 23rd Psalm in ''Privilege(Set Me Free)''

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* SurvivalMantra: her take on the 23rd Psalm in ''Privilege(Set ''Privilege (Set Me Free)''
9th Mar '15 5:53:09 PM Patachou
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Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (b. 1946) is an American singer-songwriter and published poet who helped form a foundation for the American version of PunkRock with her ambitious 1975 album ''Horses''. This distinction has to be made here, as on a tour to Britain in 1976, what might otherwise have been a [[DreamTeam fruitful collaboration]] was scuppered by Johnny Rotten of the SexPistols' sneering on-stage reference to ''[[NoTrueScotsman Horses, horses, fucking horses!]]'' It had been envisaged that the British and American versions of Punk be brought together with Patti fronting the Pistols in a few covers, but Rotten's clear disdain for what he saw as pretentious twaddle, combined with Smith's reciprocal criticism of the Pistols' lack of basic musical talent, killed that nice sentiment and entrenched the separation between the two schools of Punk.

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Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (b. 1946) is an American singer-songwriter and published poet who helped form a foundation for the American version of PunkRock with her ambitious 1975 album ''Horses''.''Music/{{Horses}}''. This distinction has to be made here, as on a tour to Britain in 1976, what might otherwise have been a [[DreamTeam fruitful collaboration]] was scuppered by Johnny Rotten of the SexPistols' sneering on-stage reference to ''[[NoTrueScotsman Horses, horses, fucking horses!]]'' It had been envisaged that the British and American versions of Punk be brought together with Patti fronting the Pistols in a few covers, but Rotten's clear disdain for what he saw as pretentious twaddle, combined with Smith's reciprocal criticism of the Pistols' lack of basic musical talent, killed that nice sentiment and entrenched the separation between the two schools of Punk.



* AmbiguousGender: The cover of ''Horses'', photo by Robert Mapplethorpe. Patti's relatively deep voice adds to this.

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* AmbiguousGender: The cover of ''Horses'', photo by Robert Mapplethorpe.Creator/RobertMapplethorpe. Patti's relatively deep voice adds to this.



* NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: She may ''technically'' be a PunkRock artist, but she's touched on and/or been influenced by Beat Poetry / Spoken Word, {{Reggae}}, Folk, CountryMusic, {{Funk}} and {{Soul}}-influenced Rock, borderline-[[NewWaveMusic New Wave Pop]], GarageRock and PsychedelicRock, among others.

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* NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: She may ''technically'' be a PunkRock artist, but she's touched on and/or been influenced by Beat Poetry / Spoken Word, ProtoPunk, {{Reggae}}, Folk, CountryMusic, {{Funk}} and {{Soul}}-influenced Rock, borderline-[[NewWaveMusic New Wave Pop]], GarageRock and PsychedelicRock, among others.



* PunkRock: ''Horses'' was the first album released by a band from the New York Punk scene, and by extension one of the first PunkRock albums released, period. She was a huge influence on many later bands as well, though her sound is unconventional by Punk standards (see the above trope).

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* ProtoPunk and PunkRock: ''Horses'' was the first album released by a band from the New York Punk scene, and by extension one of the first PunkRock albums released, period. She was a huge influence on many later bands as well, though her sound is unconventional by Punk standards (see the above trope).
23rd Feb '15 9:13:39 AM StFan
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* NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: She may ''technically'' be a PunkRock artist, but she's touched on and/or been influenced by Beat Poetry / Spoken Word, {{Reggae}}, Folk, CountryMusic, {{Funk}} and [[SoulMusic Soul]]-influenced Rock, borderline-[[NewWaveMusic New Wave Pop]], GarageRock and PsychedelicRock, among others.

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* NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: She may ''technically'' be a PunkRock artist, but she's touched on and/or been influenced by Beat Poetry / Spoken Word, {{Reggae}}, Folk, CountryMusic, {{Funk}} and [[SoulMusic Soul]]-influenced {{Soul}}-influenced Rock, borderline-[[NewWaveMusic New Wave Pop]], GarageRock and PsychedelicRock, among others.
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