No player sounds quite like our own Nathaniel Murphy. So it’s only fitting that he chose a guitar that sounds like no other to debut his smashing, one-man arrangement of The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” performed on Fender’s new acoustic/electric hybrid, the American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster. We’d say eat your heart out, Morrissey, but we’re pretty sure that’s not in his diet.
The Smiths began working on "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" during their late-1985 recording sessions at London's RAK Studios. In early September, the band recorded a rehearsal tape of the song performed in the key of F# minor. Four days later, the group made a monitor mix in the key of C# minor, this time accompanied by a synthesized string arrangement Marr created on an E-mu Emulator (credited to the "Hated Salford Ensemble" on the album release). While Morrissey was skeptical about using synthesized strings, the lack of a budget to hire a real string ensemble as well as the band's reluctance to allow outsiders into the recording process changed his mind. The recording was completed in November at Jacobs Studios in Farnham, where Morrissey redid his vocal part twice and Marr added a flute melody. Marr later described the recording process of the song as "magical" and commented, "Someone told me that if you listen with the volume really, really up you can hear me shout 'That was amazing' right at the end.