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by The Smiths

First Played: 04/22/2002 06:33 AM
Last Played: 06/17/2022 07:15 AM
Total Plays: 66

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  • John Richards : 06/17/2022 07:15 AM
    This song was written in reaction to an incident where the BBC DJ, Steve Wright, played the trite and spunky Wham! track, "I'm Your Man," following a news report about the Chernobyl disaster. Guitarist Johnny Marr, recalled:: "'Panic' came about at the time of Chernobyl. Morrissey and myself were listening to a radio report about it. The stories of this shocking disaster comes to an end and then immediately we're off into Wham's 'I'm Your Man.' I remember actually saying, 'What the f*ck has this got to do with people's lives?' And so, 'Hang the blessed DJ.' I think it was a great lyric, important and applicable to anyone who lives in England."
  • John Richards : 01/07/2022 09:40 AM
    Musically, this song is based on T. Rex's glam rock anthem, "Metal Guru." Guitarist Johnny Marr recalled in 1999: "When we wrote 'Panic' Morrissey was obsessed with 'Metal Guru' and wanted to sing in the same style. He didn't stop singing it in an attempt to modify the words of 'Panic' to fit the exact rhythm of 'Metal Guru.' He also exhorted me to use the same guitar break so that the two songs are the same!"
  • John Richards : 10/23/2020 08:35 AM
    Thanks, Lew from Woodinville, for this request! Despite its insistence that we "hang the DJ," we'll play it.: https://genius.com/The-smiths-panic-lyrics
  • John Richards : 08/29/2019 09:03 AM
    From Mark Lysynecky's "Hang the DJ" mix here on Mixtape Week | "Yet another school dance inspired mix tape... this was totally for the dance DJ's - our local radio DJ's on WLIR and WHTG (home of Matt Pinfield!) were great!"
  • John Richards : 02/15/2019 08:25 AM
    Don't panic! Here's the official music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMykYSQaG_c

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