Was this Smiths song secretly written about Jimmy Savile?

Was this Smiths song secretly written about Jimmy Savile?

In a video this week, popular musician /singer / songwriter James Hargreaves speaks in depth about the long standing debate over the song lyrics of The Smiths 1986 smash hit “Panic” (Hang The DJ)

Was this song written about the horrific acts of notorious media personality & DJ, Jimmy Savile?

The question was raised by a subscriber of Hargreaves YouTube channel, which now has over 46,000 subscribers and features a lot of very interesting questions about popular music culture. The channel also features some of Hargreaves own excellent music productions.

It is very well documented that Morrissey had strong feelings over various press conspiracies, none more so than the BBC, who Savile worked with for so long.

The Smiths performed live at Eurotube 1986 where they brought a child on stage to solely sing the “Hang the DJ” lyrics. Many Smiths fans believe this gesture further proves exactly what Morrissey meant.

For me, part of the Morrissey / Marr songwriting genius is it’s mystique and the fact that so much remains untold and is left to be dissected using your own assumptions and beliefs.

This articulately worded video from James Hargreaves sheds light on many of the questions surrounding this period in time and is well worth a watch for anyone who follows the world of songwriting.




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