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The Smiths
Left to right: Andy Rourke, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce.
Left to right: Andy Rourke, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce.
Background information
Origin Manchester, England
Genre(s) Alternative rock
Indie pop
Years active 1982–1987
Label(s) Rough Trade
Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts Electronic
Modest Mouse
Freebass
Members
Morrissey
Johnny Marr
Andy Rourke
Mike Joyce
Former members
Dale Hibbert
Craig Gannon

The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987, based on the songwriting partnership of singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. Critics have called them one of the most important alternative rock bands to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s,[1][2] and the group has had major influence on subsequent artists. Morrissey's lovelorn tales of alienation found an audience amongst youth culture bored by the ubiquitous synthesizer-pop bands of the early 1980s, while Marr's complex melodies helped return guitar-based music to popularity.[3] Image File history File links SmithsPromoPhoto_TQID_1985. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Rough Trade Records, now a member of the RIAA[1], began as an independent record label, based in London, England. ... Warner Bros. ... Electronic was an alternative rock/dance group formed by New Order singer and guitarist Bernard Sumner and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. ... Modest Mouse is an North-American indie rock band formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington by singer/lyricist/guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green, bassist Eric Judy, and guitarist Dann Gallucci. ... Freebass is a band currently under construction. The group curently comprises three bass players: Andy Rourke (of The Smiths fame), Peter Hook (from New Order) and Gary Mounfield (formerly of The Stone Roses and currently in Primal Scream). ... For other uses, see Morrissey (disambiguation). ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer. ... Andy Rourke (born 17 January 1964) is a bass guitarist and guitar player from Manchester, England. ... Mike Joyce (born Michael Joyce on 1 June 1963) is a drummer from Fallowfield, Manchester, England. ... Dale Hibbert (born December 16, 1961), is a musician from Manchester, England, best known for being the original bassist in The Smiths. ... Craig Gannon (born on 30 July 1966), is a British guitar player, best known for being the second guitarist in The Smiths in 1986. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is about the genre. ... For other uses, see Morrissey (disambiguation). ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... In popular music, independent music, often abbreviated as indie, is a term used to describe independence from major commercial record labels and an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing. ...


The group were signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, for whom they released four studio albums and several compilations, as well as numerous non-LP singles. Although they had limited commercial success outside the UK while they were still together, and never released a single that charted higher than number 10 in their home country, The Smiths won a growing following, and they remain cult and commercial favourites. An independent record label is variously described as a record label operating without the funding (or outside the organizations) of the major record labels, and/or a label that subscribes to indie philosophies such as DIY and anti-corporate art. ... Rough Trade Records, now a member of the RIAA[1], began as an independent record label, based in London, England. ...

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History

Early history

The Smiths were formed in early 1982 by two Manchester residents: an unemployed writer named Steven Patrick Morrissey (he had not yet abandoned his first names) who was a big fan of the New York Dolls and briefly fronted punk rock band The Nosebleeds, and Johnny Marr, a guitarist and songwriter. Originally named John Maher, Marr changed his name to avoid confusion with the Buzzcocks drummer. Marr's jangly Rickenbacker guitar playing became synonymous with The Smiths' sound. Mike Joyce, formerly a member of punk bands The Hoax and Victim was recruited on drums, while Dale Hibbert played bass and provided demo recording facilities at the studio where he worked as a sound engineer. However, after two gigs, Marr's friend Andy Rourke replaced Hibbert on bass. Marr and Rourke had previously worked together in The Paris Valentinos along with actor Kevin Kennedy. This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... For other uses, see Morrissey (disambiguation). ... For the self-titled debut album, visit New York Dolls (album) The New York Dolls are a rock band formed in New York City in 1971. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds was a short-lived punk band formed in Wythenshawe, Manchester, England in 1976. ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer. ... For the panel game, see Never Mind the Buzzcocks. ... Rickenbacker 330JG Rickenbacker International Corporation, also known as Rickenbacker (pronounced ) [1]), is an electric guitar manufacturer, notable for having invented the first electric guitar during the 1930s. ... Mike Joyce (born Michael Joyce on 1 June 1963) is a drummer from Fallowfield, Manchester, England. ... Dale Hibbert (born December 16, 1961), is a musician from Manchester, England, best known for being the original bassist in The Smiths. ... For other uses, see demo. ... Andy Rourke (born 17 January 1964) is a bass guitarist and guitar player from Manchester, England. ... Kevin Kennedy (born 4 September 1961, in Manchester) is a British actor, singer and guitarist. ...


The band picked their name in part as a reaction against names they considered fancy and pompous such as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. In a 1984 interview Morrissey stated that he chose the name The Smiths "...because it was the most ordinary name" and because he thought that it was "...time that the ordinary folk of the world showed their faces."[4] Signing to indie label Rough Trade Records, they released their first single, "Hand in Glove", on 13 May 1983. The record was championed by DJ John Peel, as were all of their later singles, but failed to chart. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (often abbreviated to OMD) are a synth pop group whose founder members are originally from the Wirral Peninsula, UK. OMD record for Virgin Records (originally for Virgins DinDisc subsidiary). ... Rough Trade Records, now a member of the RIAA[1], began as an independent record label, based in London, England. ... Hand in Glove was the first single from British band The Smiths, released in May 1983. ... is the 133rd day of the year (134th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... For other persons named John Peel, see John Peel (disambiguation). ...


The follow-up singles "This Charming Man" and "What Difference Does It Make?" fared better, however. Aided by praise from the music press and a series of studio sessions for John Peel and David Jensen at BBC Radio 1, The Smiths began to acquire a dedicated fan base. Morrissey's lyrics, while superficially depressing, were often full of mordant humour; Peel remarked that The Smiths were one of the few bands capable of making him laugh out loud. Influenced by his childhood interest in the working-class social realism of 1960s "kitchen sink" television plays, Morrissey wrote about ordinary people and their experiences with despair, rejection and death. This Charming Man is a song by British rock band The Smiths, released as their second single in October of 1983 on the indie label Rough Trade. ... What Difference Does it Make? is a 1984 single by British band The Smiths. ... David Kid Jensen (*July 4, 1950 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a Canadian-born British radio DJ. // After beginning his career in his home country at the age of sixteen, joined Radio Luxembourg at the age of eighteen in 1968. ... BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... A Diego Rivera mural depicting factory workers in Detroit Social Realism is an artistic movement, expressed in the visual and other realist arts, which depicts working class activities as heroic. ... Kitchen sink realism was a recognisable English cultural movement in the late 1950s and early 1960s. ...


The group also had a distinctive visual style on their album and single covers, which often featured colourful images of film and pop stars, usually in duotone, designed by Morrissey and Rough Trade art coordinator Jo Slee. Single covers rarely featured any text other than the band name, and the band themselves did not appear on the outer cover of their UK releases. (Morrissey did, however, appear on an alternative cover for "What Difference Does It Make?", mimicking the pose of the original subject, UK film actor Terence Stamp, after the latter objected to his image being used.) The "cover stars" were an indication of Morrissey's personal interests in obscure or cult film stars, featuring Stamp, Jean Marais, Warhol protégé Joe Dallesandro, James Dean), figures from 1960s British culture (Viv Nicholson, Pat Phoenix, Yootha Joyce, Shelagh Delaney), or images of unknown models taken from old films or magazines. Duotone is a form of printing halftones with two colors of ink, one usually black. ... Terence Henry Stamp (born July 22, 1938[1]) is an English actor. ... Jean Marais photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, 1947 Jean Marais, born Jean-Alfred Villain-Marais (December 11, 1913 - November 8, 1998) was a French actor, and the lover of Jean Cocteau. ... Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 — February 22, 1987), better known as Andy Warhol, was an American artist who was a central figure in the movement known as Pop art. ... Andy Warhol presents: Joe Dallesandro in Paul Morrisseys Flesh 1968 Joseph Angelo (Joe) Dallesandro (born December 31, 1948 in Pensacola, Florida) is an Italian American actor known for his voluptuous physical beauty, on-screen nudity and openly stated bisexuality. ... For the film, see James Dean (film). ... Photograph of Nicholson from the early 1960s featured on the somewhat controversial sleeve cover for the single, Heaven Knows Im Miserable Now b/w Suffer Little Children (May 1984) by the Smiths. ... Patricia Phoenix (November 26, 1923 – September 18, 1986) [1] was a British actress who became one of the first sex symbols of British television. ... Yootha Joyce (August 20, 1927 - August 24, 1980) was a British actress born in South London as Yootha Joyce Needham to musical parents. ... Delaney was featured twice on Smiths record sleeves. ...


The Smiths dressed mainly in ordinary clothes – jeans and plain shirts – which reflected the "back to basics" guitar-and-drums style of the music. This contrasted with the exotic high-fashion image cultivated by New Romantic pop groups such as Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran and highlighted in magazines such as The Face and i-D. Morrissey once wore a fake hearing aid to support a hearing-impaired female fan who was ashamed of using one,[5] and thick-rimmed NHS-style eyeglasses. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Spandau Ballet was a popular English band in the 1980s. ... Duran Duran are an English rock band notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ... For other uses, see The Face (disambiguation). ... i-D is a British magazine dedicated to fashion, music, art and youth culture. ... NHS redirects here. ...


The Smiths

Autographed promotional poster of The Smiths' first album.

By February 1984, The Smiths' fanbase was sufficiently large to launch the band's eponymous debut album to number two in the UK chart. Its mood was generally bleak, exemplified by such track titles as "Still Ill" and "Suffer Little Children", the latter referring to the Moors Murders in the 1960s, although there was a sprinkling of humour in several songs. Also evident were Morrissey's studied references to literature and popular culture icons. His frequent acknowledgment of his many idols (Alain Delon, James Dean and Oscar Wilde, particularly) in interviews, along with subtle lyrical references (the song title "Pretty Girls Make Graves", for example, is taken from Jack Kerouac) encouraged a literary bent amongst fans, who already had a tendency towards bookishness.[citation needed] The album cover and promotional poster for the album featured an image of Joe Dallessandro taken from the Andy Warhol film Flesh. Both "Reel Around the Fountain" and "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" met with controversy, supposedly being suggestive of paedophilia. In addition, "Suffer Little Children" caused an uproar after the grandfather of one of the murdered children heard it on a pub jukebox, and at first thought that the band was trying to commercialise the murders. After meeting with Morrissey, he realised that the song was a sincere exploration of the impact of the murders. Morrissey subsequently established a friendship with Ann West, the mother of victim Lesley Ann Downey, who is mentioned by name in the song. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 331 pixelsFull resolution (878 × 363 pixel, file size: 59 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)A promotional picture for the film showing, from left to right: Captain Barbossa, Will Turner, Captain Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Swann and Captain Sao Feng. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 331 pixelsFull resolution (878 × 363 pixel, file size: 59 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)A promotional picture for the film showing, from left to right: Captain Barbossa, Will Turner, Captain Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Swann and Captain Sao Feng. ... The Smiths is the eponymous debut album of the band The Smiths, released on February 20, 1984. ... Suffer Little Children is a song by the British band The Smiths that was included on their eponymous debut album. ... Mug shots of Moors murderers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady at the time of their arrest in October 1965. ... Alain Delon (b. ... For the film, see James Dean (film). ... Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories. ... Jack Kerouac (pronounced ) (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist, writer, poet, and artist from Lowell, Massachusetts. ... Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 — February 22, 1987), better known as Andy Warhol, was an American artist who was a central figure in the movement known as Pop art. ... Flesh or Andy Warhols Flesh is a 1968 film directed by Paul Morrissey. ... Reel Around the Fountain is the lead-off track on the Smiths landmark debut album. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Pedophilia (American English), pædophilia/paedophilia (Commonwealth English), or pedosexuality is the paraphilia of being sexually attracted primarily or exclusively to prepubescent children. ... Pub redirects here. ... A Zodiac jukebox A jukebox is a partially automated music-playing device, usually a coin-operated machine, that can play specially selected songs from self-contained media. ...


The released debut album followed a scrapped full-length version of the album recorded between July and August 1983 by producer Troy Tate. This collection, with its numerous variations from the final released version, is known as the "Troy Tate Sessions" and is a rarity. The planned single, "Jeane," was retained as a B-side for the "This Charming Man" single.[6] Shortly after the release of the album, Morrissey idol Sandie Shaw recorded "Hand in Glove" backed by Marr, Rourke and Joyce. The hit single resulted in the band performing barefoot (a Sandie Shaw trademark) on Top of the Pops. For the author, see Sandy Shaw. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...


In 1984, the band released several singles not taken from the album: "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" (the band's first top-ten hit; the title parodies Sandie Shaw's 1960s hit "Heaven Knows I'm Missing Him Now") and "William, It Was Really Nothing" (which featured "How Soon Is Now?" as a B-side). The year ended with the compilation album Hatful of Hollow. This collected singles, B-sides and the versions of songs that had been recorded throughout the previous year for the Peel and Jensen shows. The radio session versions were felt by many (including the band) to be better than those released as singles and on the debut album.[citation needed] Heaven Knows Im Miserable Now is a single by The Smiths that reached #10 on the UK Top 40 in June of 1984 before its inclusion on the compilation album, Hatful of Hollow. ... William, It Was Really Nothing is a song by British band The Smiths. ... How Soon Is Now? is a 1984 song written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr and first released by their band The Smiths. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... Hatful of Hollow is a compilation album by The Smiths that features BBC Radio 1 studio recordings and two contemporary singles with their B-sides. ...


Meat Is Murder

Early in 1985 the band released their second album, Meat Is Murder. This album was more strident and political than its predecessor, including the pro-vegetarian title track (Morrissey forbade the rest of the group from being photographed eating meat), the light-hearted republicanism of "Nowhere Fast", and the anti-corporal punishment "The Headmaster Ritual" and "Barbarism Begins at Home". The band had also grown more adventurous musically, with Marr adding rockabilly riffs to "Rusholme Ruffians" and Rourke playing a funk bass solo on "Barbarism Begins at Home". The album was preceded by the re-release of the B-side "How Soon is Now?" as a single, and although that song was not on the original LP, it has been added to subsequent releases. Meat Is Murder was the band's only album (barring compilations) to reach number one in the UK charts. Meat Is Murder is The Smiths second studio album, released in February of 1985. ... Corporal punishment is the deliberate infliction of pain and suffering intended to change a persons behavior or to punish them. ... Rusholme is a part of Manchester, in North West England, about two miles south of Manchester city centre. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ...


Morrissey brought a political stance to many of his interviews, courting further controversy. Among his targets were the Thatcher government, the monarchy and the famine relief project Band Aid. Morrissey famously quipped of the latter, "One can have great concern for the people of Ethiopia, but it's another thing to inflict daily torture on the people of England."[7] The subsequent single-only release "Shakespeare's Sister" was not a chart success, nor was the only single taken from the album, "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore", which barely cracked the top 50. Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts; born 13 October 1925) served as British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 until 1990, being the first and only woman to hold either post. ... Band Aid was a British and Irish charity supergroup, founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia by releasing the record Do They Know Its Christmas? for the Christmas market. ...


The Queen Is Dead

During 1985 the band completed lengthy tours of the UK and the US while recording the next studio record, The Queen Is Dead. The album was released in June 1986, shortly after the single "Bigmouth Strikes Again". The single again featured Marr's strident acoustic guitar rhythms and lead melody guitar lines with wide leaps. The record reached number two in the UK charts, using a mixture of mordant bleakness (e.g. "Never Had No One Ever", which seemed to play up to stereotypes of the band), dry humour (e.g. "Frankly, Mr. Shankly", allegedly a message to Rough Trade boss Geoff Travis disguised as a letter of resignation from a worker to his superior), and synthesis of both (e.g. "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" and "Cemetry Gates"). In 1989 Spin magazine rated The Queen Is Dead as number one of "The Greatest Albums Ever Made". Subsequent "Greatest Albums" lists by numerous music publications have placed the album at the top or within the top ten, including those of NME and Melody Maker. In June 2006, NME dedicated an entire issue to the twentieth anniversary of the record's release. The Queen Is Dead is the third studio album of The Smiths. ... Bigmouth Strikes Again is a song by The Smiths. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Queen Is Dead is the third studio album of The Smiths. ... Spin is a music magazine that reports on all the music that rocks. Founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione, Jr. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ... This article is about the music newspaper. ...


However, all was not well within the group. A legal dispute with Rough Trade had delayed the album by almost seven months (it had been completed in November 1985), and Marr was beginning to feel the stress of the band's exhausting touring and recording schedule. He later told NME, "'Worse for wear' wasn't the half of it: I was extremely ill. By the time the tour actually finished it was all getting a little bit... dangerous. I was just drinking more than I could handle."[8] Meanwhile, Rourke was fired from the band in early 1986 due to his use of heroin. He received notice of his dismissal via a Post-it note stuck to the windshield of his car. It read, "Andy - you have left The Smiths. Goodbye and good luck, Morrissey."[9] Rourke was temporarily replaced on bass by Craig Gannon, but was reinstated after only a fortnight. Gannon was retained and switched to rhythm guitar. This five-piece recorded the singles "Panic" and "Ask" (with Kirsty MacColl on backing vocals), and toured the UK. After the tour ended in October 1986, Gannon left the band. For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ... The logo of the brand. ... Craig Gannon (born on 30 July 1966), is a British guitar player, best known for being the second guitarist in The Smiths in 1986. ... This article refers to the song by british band The Smiths. ... Ask is a song by The Smiths. ... Kirsty Anna MacColl (10 October 1959 – 18 December 2000) was an English singer-songwriter. ...


Strangeways, Here We Come

The Smiths performing "Shoplifters of the World Unite" on Top of the Pops in 1987.

In early 1987 the single "Shoplifters of the World Unite" was released to chart success, as well as mild controversy and concern from parents. It was followed by a second compilation, The World Won't Listen (the title was Morrissey's comment on his frustration with the band's lack of mainstream recognition, although the album reached number two in the charts), and the single "Sheila Take a Bow", the band's second (and last during the band's lifetime) UK top-10 hit. Another compilation, Louder Than Bombs, was intended for the overseas market and covered much the same material as The World Won't Listen, with the addition of "Sheila Take a Bow" and material from Hatful of Hollow, as that compilation was yet to be released in the U.S. Image File history File links Smithsshoplifterstotp. ... Image File history File links Smithsshoplifterstotp. ... Shoplifters of the World Unite is a song by The Smiths. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... Shoplifters of the World Unite is a song by The Smiths. ... The World Wont Listen is a compilation album by The Smiths. ... Louder Than Bombs is a compilation album by The Smiths. ...


Despite their continued success, personal differences within the band — including the increasingly strained relationship between Morrissey and Marr — saw them on the verge of splitting. In August 1987, Marr left the group, and auditions to find a replacement for him proved fruitless. By the time Strangeways, Here We Come (named after Strangeways Prison, Manchester) was released in September, the band had split up. The breakdown in the relationship has been primarily attributed to Morrissey becoming annoyed by Marr's work with other artists and Marr growing frustrated by Morrissey's musical inflexibility. Marr particularly hated Morrissey's obsession with covering 1960s pop artists such as Twinkle and Cilla Black. Referring to the songs recorded in the band's last session together (B-sides for the "Girlfriend in a Coma" single, which preceded the album's release), Marr said "I wrote 'I Keep Mine Hidden', but 'Work Is a Four-Letter Word' I hated. That was the last straw, really. I didn't form a group to perform Cilla Black songs."[10] In 1989, in an interview with young fan Tim Samuels (who later became a BBC journalist) Morrissey said that the lack of a managerial figure and business problems were to blame for the band's eventual split.[11] Strangeways, Here We Come is the final studio album by The Smiths, originally released in 1987. ... HM Prison Manchester is a British prison. ... Lynn Ripley, known as Twinkle (born 1948) was a British pop music singer in the 1960s. ... Cilla Black OBE (born 27 May 1942) is an English singer-songwriter and television personality, born Priscilla Maria Veronica White to a Protestant father and a Catholic mother in Liverpool. ... I Keep Mine Hidden is a song written by Morrissey/Marr in May 1987. ... Tim Samuels (born 3 October 1975) is an award-winning British documentary-maker and presenter. ...


Strangeways peaked at number two in the UK but was only a minor US hit. The track "Paint a Vulgar Picture" foretold how the group's songs would be "reissued and repackaged" in seemingly innumerable compilations. The 30-second video for "Girlfriend in a Coma" garnered video rotation on MTV in America. The album received a lukewarm reception from critics, but all four members name it as their favourite Smiths album[citation needed]. A couple of further singles from the album were released with earlier live, session and demo tracks as B-sides, and the following year the live album Rank (recorded in 1986 while Gannon was in the band) repeated the UK chart success of previous albums. Girlfriend in a Coma is a song by The Smiths. ... Rank is a live album by English band The Smiths. ...


Post-Smiths careers

Following the group's demise, Morrissey began work on a solo recording, collaborating with Strangeways producer Stephen Street and fellow Mancunian Vini Reilly, guitarist for The Durutti Column. The resulting album, Viva Hate (a reference to the end of the Smiths), was released six months later, reaching number one in the UK charts. Morrissey continues to perform and record as a solo artist. Stephen Street is a music producer best known for his work with The Smiths in the 1980s and Blur in the 1990s. ... The Durutti Column is the ongoing band project of gifted Manchester guitarist Vini Reilly (born August ?, 1953), usually accompanied by the talents of drummer Bruce Mitchell. ... See Durruti Column for the anarchist column during the Spanish Civil War. ... Viva Hate (also known as Education in Reverse) is rock artist Morrisseys debut solo album, released on March 22, 1988. ...


Johnny Marr returned to the music scene in 1989 with New Order's Bernard Sumner and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant in the supergroup Electronic. Electronic released three albums over the next decade. Marr was also a member of The The, recording two albums with the group between 1989 and 1993. He has also worked as a session musician and writing collaborator for artists including The Pretenders, Pet Shop Boys, Billy Bragg, Black Grape, Talking Heads and Beck. In 2000 he started another band, Johnny Marr and the Healers, with a moderate degree of success, and later worked as a guest musician on the Oasis album Heathen Chemistry. This article is about the alternative rock/electronic band New Order. ... Bernard Sumner (born 4 January 1956 in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, England, and also known as Bernard Dickin, Bernard Dicken, Bernard Albrecht and Bernard Albrecht-Dicken) is a British singer, guitarist and keyboardist, originally with Joy Division and a former member of New Order. ... Pet Shop Boys are an English dance music duo, consisting of Neil Tennant who provides main vocals, keyboards and occasionally guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards and occasionally on vocals. ... Neil Tennant (right) with collaborator Chris Lowe (left) Neil Francis Tennant (born July 10, 1954 in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, England) is an English musician, who, with his colleague Chris Lowe, makes up the successful pop duo, Pet Shop Boys. ... In the late 1960s, the term supergroup was coined to describe music groups comprising members who had already achieved fame or respect in other groups or as individual artists. ... Electronic was an alternative rock/dance group formed by New Order singer and guitarist Bernard Sumner and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. ... The The are an English musical and multimedia group that have been around since 1979 in various forms, with Matt Johnson being the only constant band member. ... The Pretenders are an Anglo-American rock band. ... Stephen William Bragg (born December 20, 1957 in Essex, England), better known as Billy Bragg, is an English musician who blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs. ... Black Grape were a rock and roll band from England, formed in 1993 by former members of Happy Mondays, Shaun Ryder and Bez. ... The Talking Heads was an American rock band formed in 1974 in New York City and active until 1991. ... This article is about the musician. ... Oasis are an English rock band that formed in Manchester in 1991. ... Heathen Chemistry is the fifth studio album by English rock band Oasis, first released in summer 2002. ...


He performed two Smiths songs and music by others with a supergroup consisting of members from Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Split Enz and others, assembled by Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House in 2001. In addition to his work as a recording artist, Marr has worked as a record producer on Haven's debut album Between the senses. In 2006 he began work with Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock on songs that eventually featured on the band's 2007 release, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. The band subsequently announced that Marr was a fully fledged member, and the reformed line-up toured extensively throughout 2006-07. Marr has also been recording with Liam Gallagher of Oasis. This article is about the term in rock music. ... This article is about the rock group. ... Radiohead are an English alternative rock band from Oxfordshire. ... Split Enz was a successful New Zealand band during the late 1970s and the early 1980s featuring brothers Tim Finn and Neil Finn. ... Neil Mullane Finn OBE (born May 27, 1958 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand) is a singer and songwriter and one of New Zealands foremost musicians. ... Crowded House is a rock group formed in Melbourne, Australia, and led by New Zealand musician and singer-songwriter Neil Finn. ... Modest Mouse is an North-American indie rock band formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington by singer/lyricist/guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green, bassist Eric Judy, and guitarist Dann Gallucci. ... Isaac Brock (born on July 9, 1975 in Issaquah, Washington) is the lead singer, guitarist, banjoist, and songwriter for the American indie rock band Modest Mouse, as well as his side project band, Ugly Casanova. ... We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank is the fifth studio album by Washington-based American indie rock band Modest Mouse, released in 2007. ... Liam Gallagher (born William John Paul Gallagher on September 21, 1972, Burnage, Manchester, England) is an English singer and tambourine player of the band Oasis. ...


Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce have continued working together, including doing session work for Morrissey (1988–89) and Sinéad O'Connor, as well as working separately. Rourke has recorded and toured with Proud Mary and is currently forming a group called Freebass with fellow bassists Peter Hook (of New Order and Joy Division) and Mani (of The Stone Roses and Primal Scream). He has recently started a radio career, hosting a show on Saturday evenings on XFM Manchester. Sinéad Marie Bernadette OConnor (pronounced [1]) (born December 8, 1966) is a Grammy Award winning Irish singer and songwriter. ... Proud Mary is a song written by American singer and guitarist John Fogerty. ... Freebass is a band currently under construction. The group curently comprises three bass players: Andy Rourke (of The Smiths fame), Peter Hook (from New Order) and Gary Mounfield (formerly of The Stone Roses and currently in Primal Scream). ... Peter Hooky Hook (born February 13, 1956 in Salford, Lancashire) is an English bass player. ... This article is about the alternative rock/electronic band New Order. ... This article is about the band. ... Gary Mani Mounfield (born November 16, 1962, Failsworth, North Manchester,is an English rock bassist, formerly of Stone Roses and currently in Primal Scream. ... The Stone Roses were an influential English rock band from Manchester formed in 1984. ... For other uses, see Primal Scream (disambiguation). ... Xfm logo Xfm is a brand of commercial radio stations focused on current and unsigned alternative music and owned by GCap Media in the United Kingdom. ...


Unfinished business

In 1996, Joyce took Morrissey and Marr to court, claiming that he had not received his fair share of recording and performance royalties. Morrissey and Marr had claimed the lion's share of The Smiths' recording and performance royalties and allowed ten percent each to Joyce and Rourke. Composition royalties were not an issue, as Rourke and Joyce had never been credited as composers for the band. Morrissey and Marr claimed that the other two members of the band had always agreed to that split of the royalties, but the court found in favour of Joyce and ordered that he be paid over £1 million in back pay and receive twenty-five percent henceforth. As Smiths' royalties had been frozen for two years, Rourke settled for a smaller lump sum to pay off his debts and continued to receive ten percent. Morrissey was described by the judge as "devious, truculent and unreliable."[12]


The singer later said, "The court case was a potted history of the life of The Smiths. Mike, talking constantly and saying nothing. Andy, unable to remember his own name. Johnny, trying to please everyone and consequently pleasing no one. And Morrissey under the scorching spotlight in the dock, being drilled. 'How dare you be successful?' 'How dare you move on?' To me, The Smiths were a beautiful thing and Johnny left it, and Mike has destroyed it."[13] Morrissey's 1997 solo album Maladjusted included a song titled "Sorrow Will Come in the End" which commented on the case, and which was omitted from the UK version of the album due to fear of libel action. Morrissey (but not Marr) appealed against the verdict, but was not successful.[14] Maladjusted is an album by rock artist Morrissey, released on August 12, 1997. ... In English and American law, and systems based on them, libel and slander are two forms of defamation (or defamation of character), which is the tort or delict of making a false statement of fact that injures someones reputation. ...


In late November 2005, while appearing on radio station BBC 6 Music, Mike Joyce claimed to be having financial problems and said that he had resorted to selling rare band recordings on eBay. As a teaser, a few minutes of an unfinished instrumental track known as "The Click Track" was premiered on the show. Morrissey hit back at Joyce with a public statement shortly after, on the website true-to-you.net.[15] Relations between Joyce and Rourke cooled significantly as a result of Morrissey's statement which claimed that Joyce had misled the courts. Morrissey claimed that Joyce had not declared that Rourke was entitled to some of the assets seized by Joyce's lawyers from Morrissey. Joyce who was obliged to declare that others (Rourke, Lillywhite, and Street) had an interest in funds he wished to seize.


2000s

Both Johnny Marr and Morrissey have repeatedly said in interviews that they will not reunite the band. In 2005, VH1 attempted to get the band back together for a reunion on its Bands Reunited show. The show abandoned its attempt after its host Aamer Haleem was unsuccessful in his attempt to corner Morrissey before a show. In December 2005 it was announced that Johnny Marr and The Healers would play at Manchester v Cancer, a benefit show for cancer research being organised by Andy Rourke and his production company, Great Northern Productions.[16] Rumours suggested that a Smiths reunion would occur at this concert but were dispelled by Johnny Marr on his website.[17] What did eventuate was Rourke joining Marr onstage for the first time since The Smiths broke up, performing "How Soon Is Now?". VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently... Bands Reunited was a television program produced by VH1 in 2004. ... Aamer Haleem is a VH1 on-air personality and host of the show Bands Reunited. ... Manchester v Cancer is a benefit concert to be held on January 28, 2006, at Manchesters MEN Arena, in aid of cancer research at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, Europes largest cancer research and treatment centre. ...


To this day Morrissey refuses to reunite his old band, going as far as to say that he would “rather eat [his] own testicles than re-form The Smiths, and that’s saying something for a vegetarian.”[18] In March 2006 Morrissey revealed that The Smiths had been offered five million dollars to reunite for a performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which he turned down, saying, "No, because money doesn't come into it." He further explained, "It was a fantastic journey. And then it ended. I didn't feel we should have ended. I wanted to continue. [Marr] wanted to end it. And that was that."[19] When asked why he would not reform with The Smiths, Morrissey responded “I feel as if I’ve worked very hard since the demise of The Smiths and the others haven’t, so why hand them attention that they haven’t earned? We are not friends, we don’t see each other. Why on earth would we be on a stage together?”[20] This article is about the annual music and arts festival. ...


In August 2007 it was reported Morrissey had turned down a near £40 million offer to reunite with Johnny Marr for a 50-date world tour in 2008 and 2009. The condition would only be that Morrissey would have to play the dates with Marr, meaning the deal could have gone ahead without Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke.[21]


According to an anonymous press release on true-to-you.net, an unofficial fan site tacitly supported by Morrissey, Morrissey was approached in summer 2007 by a "consortium of promoters" with a $75 million offer to tour during the next two years. The offer required Morrissey to make a minimum of fifty worldwide performances with Johnny Marr, under the Smiths' name. true-to-you.net reported that the offer had been refused.[22] Other reports say that the whole $75 million tour was a hoax.[23]


In an October 2007 interview on BBC Radio Five Live, Johnny Marr hinted at a potential reformation in the future, saying that "stranger things have happened so, you know, who knows?" Marr went on to say that "It's no biggy. Maybe we will in 10 or 15 years' time when we all need to for whatever reasons, but right now Morrissey is doing his thing and I'm doing mine, so that's the answer really." This is the first potential indication of a Smiths reunion from Marr, who previously has stated that reforming the band would be a bad idea.[24]


Influence

The Smiths have influenced a number of alternative rock bands. The Cranberries combined "the melodic jangle of post-Smiths indie-guitar pop with the lilting, trance-inducing sonic textures of late-'80s dream pop, creating their sound with "trebly, chiming guitars and spare, certain melodies"[25]. As well, the band used Stephen Street as producer, who was known for "maximizing the moodiness of the Smiths"[26]. The Cranberries fused this sound with lyrics that echoed the lovesick, literary style of Morrissey. "The Smiths singer's bookish, fiercely intelligent lyrics also provided a blueprint for the quiet, literate Scottish band Belle & Sebastian."[27] Marr's guitar playing "was a huge building block for more Manchester legends that followed The Smiths - The Stone Roses"; their guitarist John Squire has stated that Marr was a major influence. [28] Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher has called The Smiths an influence, especially Marr; Gallagher stated that "when The Jam split, The Smiths started, and I totally went for them." [29] The Cranberries are an Irish alternative rock band that rose to mainstream popularity in the 1990s. ... This article is about the band. ... The Stone Roses were an influential English rock band from Manchester formed in 1984. ... John Squire (born John Thomas Squire on 24th November, 1962) is an English songwriter, guitarist and artist. ... Oasis are an English rock band that formed in Manchester in 1991. ... -1...


Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien has acknowledged that he idolized The Smiths in the 1980s; the band pays homage to The Smiths in their song "Knives Out". After O'Brien played with Johnny Marr in New Zealand in 2001, he acknowledged that Marr was the reason he had picked up a guitar as a teenager. Radiohead are an English alternative rock band from Oxfordshire. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Las Vegas band The Killers"...joined the post-millennium resurgence of post-punk and New Wave sound that was built by the likes of similar bands such as Interpol, The Rapture and The Strokes. The Killers were influenced by "bands like The Smiths, Depeche Mode, The Cure and other 80s staples."[30] Music critics have noted the strong British influences such as The Cure, The Smiths and The Clash in the band's sound, even quipping that they "sound more cockney than cowboy."[31] For other uses, see Killers. ...


The "Britpop movement preempted by The Stone Roses and spearheaded by groups like Oasis, Suede and Blur, drew heavily from Morrissey's portrayal of and nostalgia for a bleak urban England of the past." [32] Britpop band Blur "formed as a result of seeing The Smiths on British television's South Bank Show in 1987. However, even though leading bands from the Britpop movement claimed to be influenced by The Smiths, the Britpop bands were at odds with the "basic anti-establishment philosophies of Morrissey and The Smiths", since Britpop "was an entirely commercial construct." In the book Saint Morrissey, the author claims that Britpop "airbrush[ed] Morrissey out of the picture...so that the Nineties and its centrally-planned and coordinated pop economy could happen." [33] Other bands influenced by The Smiths include Suede, The Libertines, The Sundays, Throwing Muses, The Organ, Brand New, The Verve, and Doves. Blur were an English rock band that formed in Colchester in 1989. ... Suede (or The London Suede in the U.S.) were a popular and influential English rock band of the 1990s that helped start the Britpop musical movement of the decade. ... The Libertines were an English rock band formed in London in 1997 and active until 2004. ... “sundays” redirects here. ... An early band formation (left to right): Narcizo, Hersh, Donelly, and Langston. ... From left: Ashley, Debbie, Katie, Jenny, Shelby The Organ are a Canadian indie rock band formed in 2001 in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... For other uses, see Brand New (disambiguation). ... The Verve (originally Verve) are an English rock band formed in Wigan, Greater Manchester in 1989 at Winstanley Sixth Form College, by vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bassist Simon Jones, and drummer Peter Salisbury. ... For the type of bird, see dove. ...


Journalist Chloe Veltman argues that "the fanatical adoration surrounding Morrissey today is founded on nostalgia, specifically a yearning for the Morrissey of the 1980s — the superstar-outsider frontman of The Smiths." She argues that The "Smiths have had a much more profound influence on subsequent culture than Morrissey has had on his own over the entire 17 year history of his solo career." She also points out that the "extensive catalogue of pop bands, plays, novels, films and other cultural artifacts that have been influenced by Morrissey's ideas and aesthetics draw their inspiration from The Smiths rather than Morrissey solo." [34]


Discography

Studio albums

The Smiths is the eponymous debut album of the band The Smiths, released on February 20, 1984. ... Meat Is Murder is The Smiths second studio album, released in February of 1985. ... The Queen Is Dead is the third studio album of The Smiths. ... Strangeways, Here We Come is the final studio album by The Smiths, originally released in 1987. ...

Compilations and live albums

Hatful of Hollow is a compilation album by The Smiths that features BBC Radio 1 studio recordings and two contemporary singles with their B-sides. ... The World Wont Listen is a compilation album by The Smiths. ... Louder Than Bombs is a compilation album by The Smiths. ... Rank is a live album by English band The Smiths. ... Best…I is a compilation album by The Smiths. ... …Best II is a compilation album by The Smiths. ... Singles is a compilation album by The Smiths, pitched as a compilation of previously issued singles. ... The Very Best of The Smiths is a compilation album by The Smiths. ...

Singles

Hand in Glove was the first single from British band The Smiths, released in May 1983. ... This Charming Man is a song by British rock band The Smiths, released as their second single in October of 1983 on the indie label Rough Trade. ... What Difference Does it Make? is a 1984 single by British band The Smiths. ... Heaven Knows Im Miserable Now is a single by The Smiths that reached #10 on the UK Top 40 in June of 1984 before its inclusion on the compilation album, Hatful of Hollow. ... William, It Was Really Nothing is a song by British band The Smiths. ... How Soon Is Now? is a 1984 song written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr and first released by their band The Smiths. ... Shakespeares Sister is a non-album single by British band The Smiths, released in March 1985. ... That Joke Isnt Funny Anymore is a song by British rock band, The Smiths. ... The Boy with the Thorn in His Side is a song by The Smiths. ... Bigmouth Strikes Again is a song by The Smiths. ... This article refers to the song by british band The Smiths. ... Ask is a song by The Smiths. ... Shoplifters of the World Unite is a song by The Smiths. ... Sheila Take a Bow is a song by The Smiths. ... Girlfriend in a Coma is a song by The Smiths. ... I Started Something I Couldnt Finish is a song by The Smiths. ... Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me is a song by The Smiths. ... Stop Me If You Think Youve Heard This One Before is a 1987 song by The Smiths, that in 2007 became a hit for Mark Ronson featuring Daniel Merriweather. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Re-issues

  • "This Charming Man" (1992 re-issue [1983]), UK #8
  • "How Soon Is Now?" (1992 re-issue [1984]), UK #16
  • "Ask" (1995 re-issue [1986]), UK #62

Samples

Image File history File links ThereIsALight. ... Image File history File links This_Charming_Man. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Reynolds, Simon. Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984. Penguin, 2005. p. 392
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Smiths". All Music Guide. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  3. ^ Sputnikmusic.com
  4. ^ Interview (http). Melody Maker, cited at Hiddenbyrags.com (1984). Retrieved on April 22, 2007.
  5. ^ Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance by Johnny Rogan
  6. ^ Simon Goddard, The Smiths: The Songs That Saved Your Life, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, pp. 46-53.
  7. ^ Band Aid vs. Morrissey... (http). Overyourhead.co.uk (November 18, 2004). Retrieved on April 22, 2007.
  8. ^ Kelly, Danny (February 14, 1987). Exile on Mainstream (http). NME, cited at Foreverill.com. Retrieved on April 22, 2007.
  9. ^ Harris, John. The Smiths - Trouble At Mill/The Queen Is Dead and beyond: part 3. Johnharris.me.uk. Retrieved on April 22, 2007.
  10. ^ Rogan, Johnny (November/December 1992). The Smiths: Johnny Marr's View (http). Record Collector, cited at Foreverill.com. Retrieved on April 22, 2007.
  11. ^ Morrissey-Solo.com
  12. ^ BBC News (December 11, 1996). Rock band drummer awarded £1m payout (http). BBC, cited at Cemetrygates.com. Retrieved on April 22, 2007.
  13. ^ Nine, Jennifer (August 9, 1997). Exile on Mainstream (http). Melody Maker, cited at Motorcycleaupairboy.com. Retrieved on April 22, 2007.
  14. ^ Joyce vs. Morrissey and Others (http). England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions (1998). Retrieved on February 16, 2007.
  15. ^ Statement from Morrissey, 30 November 2005. Retrieved on 2007-12-07.
  16. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (2005). Smiths Members Regrouping For Cancer Benefit (http). Billboard.com. Retrieved on August 15, 2006.
  17. ^ Johnny and the Healers play Manchester Versus Cancer charity concert (http). Jmarr.com (December 16, 2005). Retrieved on April 22, 2007.
  18. ^ Antrobus, Stuart (2006). Morrissey: 'I'd Rather Eat My Testicles Than Re-form The Smiths' (http). Gigwise.com. Retrieved on August 15, 2006.
  19. ^ Jeckell, Barry A. (2006). Morrissey: Smiths Turned Down Millions To Reunite (http). CNN.com. Retrieved on August 15, 2006.
  20. ^ Melia, Daniel (2006). Morrissey: 'The Smiths Don't Deserve To Be On Stage With Me' (http). Gigwise.com. Retrieved on August 21, 2006.
  21. ^ Anon (2007). Morrissey rejects fresh attempt at Smiths reunion (http). NME.com. Retrieved on August 23, 2007.
  22. ^ Press release regarding tour dates, 22 August 2007. Retrieved on 2007-12-07.
  23. ^ Morrissey announces new album - reunion tour Smiths a hoax, <http://www.side-line.com/news_comments.php?id=26177_0_2_0_C>. Retrieved on 2007-10- 
  24. ^ Johnny Marr Doesn’t Rule Out Smiths Reunion With Morrissey, <http://britmusicscene.com/johnny-marr-doesnt-rule-out-smiths-reunion-with-morrissey/>. Retrieved on 8 January 2008 
  25. ^ Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine from the All Music Guide
  26. ^ http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:WO8NB6KZhC4J:www.rollingstone.com/artists/thecranberries/albums/album/249770/review/5943936/everybody_else_is_doing_it_so_why_cant_we
  27. ^ http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:NHA4T1IDwMkJ:news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3005033.stm
  28. ^ http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:NHA4T1IDwMkJ:news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3005033.stm
  29. ^ http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:NHA4T1IDwMkJ:news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3005033.stm
  30. ^ http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:1kIJrowrzqsJ:www.musicnotes.com/features/artists/the_killers/
  31. ^ http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:tRW7uTL6KcgJ:www.gigwise.com/artist/1379/the-killers+The+Smiths+influence+The+Killers&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=30&gl=ca&lr=lang_en|lang_fr
  32. ^ http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:ixMT95WMxB0J:www.believermag.com/exclusives/%3Fread%3Darticle_veltman+The+Smiths+influence+Blur&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=40&gl=ca&lr=lang_en|lang_fr
  33. ^ http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:ixMT95WMxB0J:www.believermag.com/exclusives/%3Fread%3Darticle_veltman+The+Smiths+influence+Blur&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=40&gl=ca&lr=lang_en|lang_fr
  34. ^ http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:ixMT95WMxB0J:www.believermag.com/exclusives/%3Fread%3Darticle_veltman+The+Smiths+influence+Blur&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=40&gl=ca&lr=lang_en|lang_fr Among these works are "Playwright Shaun Duggan's stage drama William, Douglas Coupland's 1998 novel Girlfriend in a Coma, Andrew Collins' autobiography Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, Marc Spitz's novel How Soon is Never? , the pop band Shakespeare's Sister and the Polish filmmaker Przemyslaw Wojcieszek's short fictional film about two Polish fans of The Smiths, Louder Than Bombs, are all named after songs by The Smiths.

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References

  • David Bret. Morrissey: Scandal and Passion (Robson 2004; ISBN 1-86105-787-3; covers both Smiths and Morrissey's solo career)
  • Simon Goddard. The Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life (Reynolds and Hearn 2002, 2004²; ISBN 1-903111-47-1, ISBN 1-905287-14-3)
  • Mick Middles. The Smiths: The Complete Story (Omnibus 1985, 1988²)
  • Johnny Rogan. Morrissey and Marr: The Severed Alliance (Omnibus 1992, 1993²; ISBN 0-7119-3000-7)
  • Mark Simpson. Saint Morrissey (SAF, 2003, 2006, 978-0946719754)

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External links

For other uses, see Morrissey (disambiguation). ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer. ... Andy Rourke (born 17 January 1964) is a bass guitarist and guitar player from Manchester, England. ... Mike Joyce (born Michael Joyce on 1 June 1963) is a drummer from Fallowfield, Manchester, England. ... Craig Gannon (born on 30 July 1966), is a British guitar player, best known for being the second guitarist in The Smiths in 1986. ... Dale Hibbert (born December 16, 1961), is a musician from Manchester, England, best known for being the original bassist in The Smiths. ... The Smiths is the eponymous debut album of the band The Smiths, released on February 20, 1984. ... Meat Is Murder is The Smiths second studio album, released in February of 1985. ... The Queen Is Dead is the third studio album of The Smiths. ... Strangeways, Here We Come is the final studio album by The Smiths, originally released in 1987. ... Hatful of Hollow is a compilation album by The Smiths that features BBC Radio 1 studio recordings and two contemporary singles with their B-sides. ... The World Wont Listen is a compilation album by The Smiths. ... Louder Than Bombs is a compilation album by The Smiths. ... Rank is a live album by English band The Smiths. ... Stop Me is a compilation album by English band The Smiths. ... Best…I is a compilation album by The Smiths. ... …Best II is a compilation album by The Smiths. ... Singles is a compilation album by The Smiths, pitched as a compilation of previously issued singles. ... The Very Best of The Smiths is a compilation album by The Smiths. ... Hand in Glove was the first single from British band The Smiths, released in May 1983. ... This Charming Man is a song by British rock band The Smiths, released as their second single in October of 1983 on the indie label Rough Trade. ... What Difference Does it Make? is a 1984 single by British band The Smiths. ... Heaven Knows Im Miserable Now is a single by The Smiths that reached #10 on the UK Top 40 in June of 1984 before its inclusion on the compilation album, Hatful of Hollow. ... William, It Was Really Nothing is a song by British band The Smiths. ... How Soon Is Now? is a 1984 song written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr and first released by their band The Smiths. ... Shakespeares Sister is a non-album single by British band The Smiths, released in March 1985. ... That Joke Isnt Funny Anymore is a song by British rock band, The Smiths. ... The Boy with the Thorn in His Side is a song by The Smiths. ... Bigmouth Strikes Again is a song by The Smiths. ... This article refers to the song by british band The Smiths. ... Ask is a song by The Smiths. ... Shoplifters of the World Unite is a song by The Smiths. ... Sheila Take a Bow is a song by The Smiths. ... Girlfriend in a Coma is a song by The Smiths. ... I Started Something I Couldnt Finish is a song by The Smiths. ... Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me is a song by The Smiths. ... Stop Me If You Think Youve Heard This One Before is a 1987 song by The Smiths, that in 2007 became a hit for Mark Ronson featuring Daniel Merriweather. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rough Trade Records, now a member of the RIAA[1], began as an independent record label, based in London, England. ...

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The Smiths are, or were, Mike Joyce, Johnny Marr, Steven Morrissey and Andy Rourke.
In an intense 5 years Between 1983 and 1987 The Smiths released almost 20 singles and 7 albums, and are recognised by the critics as one of the most significant bands of the 1980's.
It is difficult to believe that Morrissey has been a solo artist longer than 2 lifetimes of The Smiths, but his impact on the music industry declined significantly after 1987.
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Morrissey's lyrics, while superficially depressing, were often full of mordant humour (The Smiths were "one of the few bands capable of making me laugh out loud," said Peel) and his lovelorn tales of alienation found an audience amongst a disaffected section of youth culture, bored by the ubiquitous synthesizer bands that then dominated the charts.
By February 1984, The Smiths fanbase was sufficiently large to launch the band's long-awaited self-titled debut album to number two in the UK chart.
The single "Shoplifters of the World Unite" (one of Morrissey's favourite Smiths songs) was released early in the year to chart success--as well as mild controversy and concern from parents over whether the song encouraged children to thieve.
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