Shoplifters of the World Unite – The Smiths (1986)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl record art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the song, Shoplifters of the World Unite by  The Smiths. The record was released in 1986, on the Rough Trade record label and has been reworked into a silhouette of the head of lead singer Morrissey.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of The Smiths, Morrissey,  Indie Rock, Security, Shoplifting, Karl Marx, Controversy, Crime or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Shoplifters of the World Unite
Media Artist/s: The Smiths
Record Label: Rough Trade
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Rock / Indie Rock

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Additional information about this, The Smiths vinyl art.

The Smiths – The Artist

The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The group consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke, and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them one of the most important bands to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. In 2002, the NME named the Smiths “the artist to have had the most influence on the NME”.In 2003, all four of their albums appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey and Marr, the Smiths’ focus on a guitar, bass, and drum sound, and their fusion of 1960s rock and post-punk, were a rejection of the synthesiser-based dance-pop of the time. Marr’s Rickenbacker guitar work had a jangle pop sound reminiscent of Roger McGuinn of the Byrds. Morrissey’s complex, literate lyrics combined themes about ordinary people with mordant humour.

Shoplifters of the World Unite – The Song

“Shoplifters of the World Unite” is a song by the English rock band the Smiths, written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr. Morrissey’s lyrics, which endorsed shoplifting and referenced Karl Marx, were controversial at the time of the song’s release. Musically, the song continues the glam rock styling of other Smiths singles during the period and includes a short guitar solo from Marr. “Shoplifters of the World Unite” was first released as a non-album single in January 1987, after the band decided to scrap the single release of their original A-side, “You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby”. The song was a commercial success, reaching number twelve in the UK, and has been included on compilation albums such as The World Won’t Listen and Louder Than Bombs. It has since seen critical acclaim and Morrissey has named the song as a personal favourite.
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Morrissey – The Shape

This record has been modelled into the silhouette of the head of Morrissey the lead singer of The Smiths with his distinctive hairstyle of the time.


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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