The Smiths

The Smiths



The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.[1] Q magazine's Simon Goddard argued in 2007 that the Smiths were "the one truly vital voice of the '80s", "the most influential British guitar group of the decade" and the "first indie outsiders to achieve mainstream success on their own terms".[2] The NME named the Smiths the "most influential artist ever" in a 2002 poll, over the Beatles.[3]

Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey and Marr, the group signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, on which they released four studio albums, The Smiths (1984), Meat Is Murder (1985), The Queen Is Dead (1986) and Strangeways, Here We Come (1987). Four of their albums (including three studio albums) appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. They have also released several compilations, and numerous non-album singles. The Smiths had several singles reach the UK top 20 and all four of their studio albums reached the UK top 5, including one which hit #1. They won a significant following and remain cult favourites, although they had limited commercial success outside the UK while they were still together. The band broke up in 1987 due to internal tensions and have turned down several offers to reunite.[4]

The band's focus on a guitar, bass, and drum sound, and their fusion of 1960s rock and post-punk, were a repudiation of synthesiser-based contemporary dance-pop – the style popular in the 1980s. Marr's guitar work, using a Rickenbacker, often had a jangle pop sound reminiscent of Roger McGuinn of the Byrds,[5] and influenced later Manchester bands including the Stone Roses and Oasis. Morrissey's complex, literate lyrics combined themes about ordinary people with mordant humour. In 2014 and 2015, they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[6][7]



Rubber Ring / What She Said / Rubber Ring
Rubber Ring / What She Said / Rubber Ring is a song by musical group The Smiths, released on September 8, 2017.
Cemetry Gates
Cemetry Gates is a song by musical group The Smiths, released on August 28, 2017.
Frankly Mr. Shankly
Frankly Mr. Shankly is a song by musical group The Smiths, released on August 7, 2017.
The Queen Is Dead
The Queen Is Dead is a song by musical group The Smiths, released on July 31, 2017.

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The Smiths release deluxe reissue of The Queen Is Dead: Stream/download
  –  October 20, 2017
The Smiths’ third full-length ... Records has released the first-ever deluxe reissue of its classic 1986 album. Spotify and Apple Music subscribers can take a listen below. Alongside a remaster of the original album is a disc featuring demos and ...
The Smiths’ ‘Queen’ is a light that’s never gone out
  –  October 19, 2017
Also underrated is the Smiths’ social conscience ... and the blessed reverie of losing oneself in music. Decisively unmodern yet not quite retro, “The Queen Is Dead” sounds every bit as ineffably marvelous now as it must have in 1986, and this ...
NEW MUSIC: St. Vincent, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Haim, The Smiths
  –  October 13, 2017
This week in New Music: St Vincent is still at the top of her game on album number six, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are the perfect match on Lotta Sea Lice, Haim release a video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and The Smiths are on the reissue ...
Listen to The Smiths previously unreleased demo for “I Know It’s Over”
  –  October 6, 2017
We review David Bowie, The Smiths, Margo Price, Robert Plant and Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett. Our free CD features 15 tracks of the month’s best music, including Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Gregg Allman, Margo Price, The Weather Station and more.
I Started Something I Couldn't Finish: The six months that split up The Smiths
  –  September 28, 2017
In 1987, The Smiths were ready to take over the world ... Together with bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce, the pair had rebooted British guitar music, synthesising their mutual adoration of glam-rock, jangle pop and glitzy New York punk with ...
The Smiths' 20 Best Songs: Critic's Picks
  –  September 13, 2017
"Burn down the disco / Hang the blessed DJ / Because the music that they constantly play / It says nothing to me about my life." Still, it reached No. 11 in Britain. 13. The Smiths – "William, It Was Really Nothing" With bright, clanging guitar tones ...

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