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The Smiths

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom (1982 – 1987)

The Smiths were a rock band which formed in 1982 in Manchester, England, United Kingdom. The band consisted of Morrissey (vocals, lyrics), Johnny Marr (guitar, music), Mike Joyce (drums) and Andy Rourke (bass). Hugely influential, The Smiths lasted all of five years from 1982 to 1987, releasing during this period four studio albums (The Smiths, Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead and Strangeways, Here We Come) and three compilation albums (Hatful of Hollow, The World Won’t Listen and Louder Than Bombs). Meat Is Murder went on to enter the British charts at number one in February of 1985, and The Queen Is Dead further confirmed the band’s popularity with its release in spring 1986. Greeted with enthusiastic reviews and peaking at number two on the U.K. charts, the album also developed The Smiths’ cult following in the U.S., breaking into the Top 100.

After the band’s split in 1987, a further six albums have been released, bringing the total number of Smiths albums to 13. These albums consisted of another five compilation albums (Best… I, …Best II, Singles, The Very Best of the Smiths and The Sound of The Smiths), and one live album (Rank) recorded before the band’s split during The Queen Is Dead tour. Both “Best I” and “Best II” were heavily criticised by critics and some fans; “The Very Best of”, was very similar content to said “Best” albums, sold excellently, but drew much criticism from press and the band, who had no input.

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Bass was originally played by Dale Hibbert, but he was replaced after 4 months. Craig Gannon was briefly a second guitarist for the band in 1986.

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  • MilitaryTwoStep

    i just haven't earned it yet baby....

    10 hours ago Reply
  • taxman

    I enjoy their music but Morrissey seems like a complete douchebag

    11 hours ago Reply
  • vboechat

    sad to see those "remastered version" tags on charts

    25 Mar 7:06am Reply
  • TheBeasley

    long time no da smiffs whats up - fav songs atm??

    24 Mar 3:49pm Reply
  • TicoAdams

    Please come to Brazil

    23 Mar 11:39am Reply
  • Reflechissant

    I have that weekend offender shirt saying "sweet and tender hooligan", I'm cute.

    16 Mar 10:14pm Reply
  • samiskywalker

    simply amazing <3

    16 Mar 5:09am Reply
  • sls

    Johnny Marr's style owes a lot to the Byrds... listen to the solo on "Bells of Rhymney" for example

    14 Mar 9:29am Reply
  • high_as_bells

    forever in my penis <3===8

    11 Mar 11:13pm Reply
  • frihet-

    So take me when you go :<

    11 Mar 3:39pm Reply
  • frihet-

    I'm just a country-mile behind..the world

    11 Mar 3:39pm Reply
  • frihet-

    And "love" is just a miserable lie..

    11 Mar 3:38pm Reply
  • Eat-Me-Drink-Me

    Anton_Churakov лучше не сопротивляться, может попустит.

    8 Mar 8:04pm Reply
  • Anton_Churakov

    Eat-Me-Drink-Me, Уже месяц такое же, надо ли бороться с этим как-то?

    8 Mar 7:54am Reply
  • Eat-Me-Drink-Me

    черт, залип, оторваться не могу

    6 Mar 9:35pm Reply
  • Lary_Filth

    forever in my heart ♥

    6 Mar 9:29pm Reply
  • trustmeiloveu

    I L♥ve To H♥te u, Moz. (c) Erasure </3

    6 Mar 6:28pm Reply
  • high_as_bells

    H♥te u, Moz.

    5 Mar 10:45pm Reply
  • Amacuaviva

    Initially despised how Morrissey seemed to be having a pretentious laugh at everything around him. Why make fun of things that make you sad when you're just sad? Irony itself made me mad. Cause you know, the songs sound serious, beautiful, soulful and amazingly crafted. I admire them now and especially Mozz shamelessly. The last stage of utter despair; to just describe oneself as a fool, thus demanding change; either from society or one's inflexible attitude. I'm so glad he didn't shut up; Morrissey has talent, taste and nerve. Wish Wilde could have heard him sing.

    4 Mar 10:09am Reply
  • nicoomotion

    ♥.

    4 Mar 12:42am Reply
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