Bigmouth Bikes Again is a smashingly-named fundraising event for Salford Lads Club, mecca for Smiths devotees everywhere. Pay £5 and bring your bike on Sunday 30 September to recreate the Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before video where lots of proto-Morrisseys (and one real one) rode around on old boneshakers. My claim to fame is that I was almost in that video. They recruited the "stars" through a fanzine called Smiths Indeed and I dutifully sent my photo in, promising to cut my (long at the time) hair and put it in a quiff if that was required. Hell, I would have shaved it all off if Morrissey had asked. Needless to say, I didn't get the call. Thanks to Kate at Sunset Ices for the tip - she'll be there in her lovely Every Day Is Like Sunday van dispensing ice cream to the bespectacled masses. Photo from Salford Lads Club's entry on Nothing To See Here.

I used to pass the Salford Lads Club fairly regularly on the train from Liverpool northwards in the 80s and 90s and sensed something special and working class historical about the place. Would you believe I was almost totally ignorant of The Smiths at this time and only in retrospect have connected to Morrissey's version of North West iconic views? I'll never be a proto-Morrissey but Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before has belatedly become one of my favourite Northern pop singles.

last chance to sign up for smiths landmarks bike ride for salford lads club restoration fund
see you all on sunday 30 september

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