Josh Caterer has led Illinois pop-punk heroes Smoking Popes off and on for 20 years, but for his rendition of The Smiths’ classic “Ask” (“spending warm summer days indoors…”), he recruited some other Chicagoans to back him up. Elia and Ethan of Scotland Yard Gospel Choir add some sweetness and light to the proceedings, and cellist Jenny Choi has played with dozens of musicians in the city. It was fitting that Caterer chose a Smiths song to play, since he’s a devoted Morrissey fan—and the feeling is mutual. Moz once called the Popes’ Born To Quit one of his favorite albums of all time. The Smoking Popes’ latest album is called This Is Only A Test, and this installment was filmed on the roof deck of the band’s booking agent, Tim Edwards.
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