The Smiths Biography (Wikipedia)
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 one of the most important bands to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. NME named the Smiths the "most influential artist ever" in a 2002 poll. In 2003, four of the band's albums appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
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). They have also released several compilations, and numerous non-album singles. They had several singles reach the top twenty of the UK Singles Chart and all four of their studio albums reached the top five of the UK Albums Chart, including Meat Is Murder which hit number one. They won a significant following and remain cult favourites. The band broke up in 1987 due to internal tensions and have turned down several offers to reunite.
- 'I was a good judge of character' Johnny Marr on the close relationships during the early days of The Smithshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04dy7wr.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04dy7wr.jpg2016-11-02T11:02:00.000ZJohnny Marr chats to Simon Mayo about his autobiography 'Set The Boy Free'.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04dy2r2
'I was a good judge of character' Johnny Marr on the close relationships during the early days of The Smiths
- The Smithshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04b1vy0.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04b1vy0.jpg2016-10-05T13:30:16.000ZThe Smiths fan Raju reminisces on the time when he received the bands set-list and had all members sign it.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04b1rtp
- Arriba Mexrrissey!https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p037hfm7.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p037hfm7.jpg2015-11-08T17:23:00.000ZCamilo Lara and Ceci Bastida talk about Mexrrisey, a live covers project that celebrates the affinity between Mexican pop culture and the songs of Steven Patrick Morrissey.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p037hfpl
- The Smiths: How Soon Is Now?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p025fzs3.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p025fzs3.jpg2014-08-25T15:00:00.000ZJohnny Marr recollects how he created the iconic riff to How Soon Is Now?https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p025fzsf
The Smiths: How Soon Is Now?
- Mike Joyce from The Smiths at the 6 Music Fringe Festivalhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tbsjn.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tbsjn.jpg2014-03-05T19:09:00.000ZMike Joyce from The Smiths emotionally recalls playing livehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01tbslx
Mike Joyce from The Smiths at the 6 Music Fringe Festival
- Mike Joyce: How To Improve your Rhythmhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01p9mkz.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01p9mkz.jpg2014-01-04T09:30:00.000ZSmith's drummer Mike Joyce pops in to give us all a drumming lesson.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01p9ml7
Mike Joyce: How To Improve your Rhythm
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