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The Smiths
The Smiths

Background information
Origin Manchester, England
Genre(s) Alternative Rock
Indie Pop
Years active 1982—1987
Label(s) Sire Records
Rough Trade Records
Associated acts Electronic
The Cribs
Modest Mouse
Former members
Johnny Marr
Andy Rourke
Mike Joyce
Dale Hibbert
Craig Gannon

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The Smiths were an English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1982. Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey (vocals) and Johnny Marr (guitar), the band also included Andy Rourke (bass) and Mike Joyce (drums). Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. 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 remain cult and commercial favourites. The band broke up in 1987 amid disagreements between Morrissey and Marr and have turned down several offers to reunite since then.

The Sound Of The Smiths (2008) The Very Best Of The Smiths (2001) Singles (1995) Vol. 2: Best Of The Smiths (1992) Vol. 1: Best Of The Smiths (1992) Rank (1988) Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) Louder Than Bombs (1987) The World Won't Listen (1987) The Queen Is Dead (1986)

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Morrissey Agrees With Johnny Marr Over David Cameron

April 21, 2011
Morrissey has said he agrees with former Smiths band mate Johnny Marr after he told David Cameron to stop liking the band. The Prime Minister has spoken frequently about his admiration for The Smiths and Morrissey's music.   Read more 

The Smiths To Re-Release 'The Queen Is Dead' For Record Store Day

April 14, 2011
The Smiths are to re-release their third album 'The Queen Is Dead' for Record Store Day this Saturday (April 16). The album, originally pressed as a single-disc gatefold 12" vinyl in 1986, the new release has been re-worked onto 10" format.   Read more 

Johnny Marr Says 'Nothing Ever Over' Following Cribs Departure

April 12, 2011
Johnny Marr has hinted that he may work with The Cribs again following his departure from the group. On Monday (April 11), the former Smiths guitarist announced that he had left the Wakefield band to focus on his own solo work.   Read more 

Johnny Marr: David Cameron Can Like One Smiths Song After Forest Sale U-Turn

February 17, 2011
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has given David Cameron permission to “like” on of the band's songs following the government's decision to ditch plans to sell state-owned woodland. In December, Marr “forbid” the prime minister from listening to the band's music, despite Cameron's instance that he was a long-time fan.  Read more 

David Cameron Challenged Over The Smiths At Prime Minister's Questions

December 8, 2010
Prime Minister David Cameron has been asked about Morrissey and Johnny Marr's recent comments about his fondness for The Smiths. Last week, Marr “forbid” the conservative leader from listening to the band, prompting Morrissey to support his request.  Read more 

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