The Smiths

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The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The group 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. In 2002, the NME named the Smiths "the artist to have had the most influence on the NME". In 2003, all four of their albums appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". The band broke up in 1987 due to internal tensions and have turned down several offers to reunite.
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ROUGH C 61 The Smiths - The Smiths album art The Smiths The Smiths (Album) Rough Trade ROUGH C 61 UK 1984 Sell This Version
CN 4563/S The Smiths - In Concert-354 album art The Smiths In Concert-354(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4563/S UK 1985 Sell This Version
TM/RT 81 The Smiths - Meat Is Murder album art The Smiths Meat Is Murder (Album) Rough Trade TM/RT 81 Portugal 1985 Sell This Version
ROUGH C96 The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead album art The Smiths The Queen Is Dead (Album, Comp) Rough Trade ROUGH C96 UK 1986 Sell This Version
EN-1903 The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come album art The Smiths Strangeways, Here We Come (Album) Rough Trade EN-1903 Saudi Arabia 1987 Sell This Version
CN 4890/S The Smiths - Rank album art The Smiths Rank (Album, Comp) Rough Trade CN 4890/S UK 1987 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RT 131 The Smiths - Hand In Glove album art The Smiths Hand In Glove (Single) Rough Trade, Rough Trade RT 131 UK 1983 Sell This Version
RTT 136 NY, RTT 136 (NY) The Smiths - This Charming Man album art The Smiths This Charming Man (Single, Maxi, MiniAlbum) Rough Trade RTT 136 NY, RTT 136 (NY) UK 1983 Sell This Version
RT 136 The Smiths - Reel Around The Fountain / Jeane album art The Smiths Reel Around The Fountain / Jeane(7", TP, W/Lbl) Rough Trade RT 136 UK 1983 Sell This Version
R 61 DJ The Smiths - Still Ill / You've Got Everything Now album art The Smiths Still Ill / You've Got Everything Now Rough Trade R 61 DJ UK 1984 Sell This Version
RTD 018T The Smiths - Still Ill album art The Smiths Still Ill (Single, Maxi) Rough Trade RTD 018T Germany 1984 Sell This Version
RT 146, RT146 The Smiths - What Difference Does It Make? album art The Smiths What Difference Does It Make? (Single, Maxi, MiniAlbum) Rough Trade, Rough Trade RT 146, RT146 Ireland 1984 Sell This Version
RT 166 The Smiths - William, It Was Really Nothing album art The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing (Single, Maxi) Rough Trade RT 166 UK 1984 Sell This Version
RTT 156 The Smiths - Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now album art The Smiths Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (Single, MiniAlbum, Maxi) Rough Trade RTT 156 UK 1984 Sell This Version
PRO-A-2136 The Smiths - Selections From The Smiths album art The Smiths Selections From The Smiths(12", Promo, Smplr) Sire PRO-A-2136 US 1984 Sell This Version
RT 186 The Smiths - Meat Is Murder album art The Smiths Meat Is Murder (EP) Rough Trade RT 186 UK 1985 Sell This Version
RTANZ 010 The Smiths - That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore album art The Smiths That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (Single, Maxi) Rough Trade RTANZ 010 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
7-29007 The Smiths - How Soon Is Now? / Shakespeare's Sister album art The Smiths How Soon Is Now? / Shakespeare's Sister (Single) Sire 7-29007 US 1985 Sell This Version
0-20284, 9 20284-0 A The Smiths - How Soon Is Now? album art The Smiths How Soon Is Now? (Single, Maxi) Rough Trade 0-20284, 9 20284-0 A US 1984 Sell This Version
RTT 181 The Smiths - Shakespeare's Sister album art The Smiths Shakespeare's Sister (Single, Maxi) Rough Trade RTT 181 UK 1985 Sell This Version
RTD 021 The Smiths - Barbarism Begins At Home / Shakespeare's Sister album art The Smiths Barbarism Begins At Home / Shakespeare's Sister (Single, Maxi) Rough Trade RTD 021 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
MD 5290, MD-5290 The Smiths - The Headmaster Ritual album art The Smiths The Headmaster Ritual (Single) Megadisc MD 5290, MD-5290 Benelux 1985 Sell This Version
RT 191 The Smiths - The Boy With The Thorn In His Side album art The Smiths The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (Single, MiniAlbum, Maxi) Rough Trade RT 191 UK 1985 Sell This Version
6.14656, 6.14656 AC The Smiths - Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others album art Smiths* Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (Single, Maxi) Zensor, TELDEC, Zensor, TELDEC 6.14656, 6.14656 AC Germany 1986 Sell This Version
RTT 192 The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again album art Smiths* Bigmouth Strikes Again (Single, Maxi) Rough Trade RTT 192 Portugal 1986 Sell This Version

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JQuick69

JQuick69

May 12, 2020
The only place I’m headed for is the boozer. Please stay in yr bedroom.
neilostos

neilostos

August 20, 2017
edited over 3 years ago
Rich C. Joy Division are 'a little known band' LOL. Thank's for telling us they were formed in Salford. The Clash are 'miles better' than the Smiths. LOL. Have 'these people' not heard of Led Zeppelin?. LOL. Joy Division 'influenced' Radiohead more than the Smiths. LOL. U2 were formed in 1976. How do you imagine that U2 would be influenced by either Joy Division (who released their first LP in 1979) or the Smiths (who released their first LP in 1984)? Maybe they went into the future in a time machine, listened to Unknown Pleasures and Meat Is Murder, went back to 1976 and formed a band? LOL. 'Guys like Jarvis Cocker' LOL. The Charlatans. LOL. On Morrissey's Lyrics. 'have a word most of his lyrics don't even make sense'. Super LOL. Kind of giving yourself away there Rich. Joe Strummer is a 'lyrical genius' because his lyrics are 'much better constructed' than Morrissey. LOL LOL. Johnny Marr as a guitarist is 'on a par with someone like Bernard Sumner' LOL LOL LOL. Finally... and LOL... THE STRANGLERS IS 'A BAND TO HEAD FOR'. Rich C you are a lyrical Genius. Keep it up.
gypsyxsteele

gypsyxsteele

July 13, 2017
The Smiths are one of the greatest English bands ever.
Rich.C

Rich.C

December 16, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
Arguably one of the most over-hyped, over-rated bands of all time alongside bands such as Oasis and Guns 'N' Roses, it does make me laugh reading some of the comments on these websites haha, im certainly not suggesting the smiths were shit they have written some very good songs and are still better than alot of the tripe which graces the charts these days, but i do have a beef with some of the following....best band of all time?...ok subjective, but have these people not heard of led Zeppelin, The Clash, they were miles better than these guys. Most influential band of all time....really? Beatles, Pink Floyd ring any bells, people mention how the Smiths influenced bands like radiohead, U2 etc, yes they did but a bigger influence came in the form of a little known Salford group called Joy Division, bands such as Oasis, Blur etc were more influenced by rock icons such as Paul Weller than they were Morrissey. Morrissey did influence guys like Jarvis Cocker but Oasis, Blur, Charlatans etc seem more akin to Ian Brown than Morrissey? Morrissey a lyrical genius...oh please, have a word most of his lyrics don't even make sense, especially in his solo material, you want lyrical geniuses then look no further than john lennon, ian curtis, bob dylan even guys like Joe Strummer and weller, their lyrics are much better constructed. Finally Johnny Marr an amazing guitarist...taking the piss right? better than hendrix, jimmy page and john squire i think not, he's on a par with someone like Bernard Sumner.
An average band at best, if you want good music led zeppelin, the clash, the stranglers, stone roses (who people could argue were influenced by the Smiths which ill accept), joy division, the jam, motorhead are the bands to head for
I'll probably get slated for the above but some people need correcting ;)
playbackwards

playbackwards

December 5, 2007
edited over 6 years ago
The Smiths are one of the greatest English bands ever, but their albums have not yet been remastered!
manchester

manchester

September 13, 2005
edited over 15 years ago
The greatest Indie/Rock band of all time in my opinion. A lyrical genius that spoke for a generation and in some ways still does & the greatest guitarist of his generation equals a match made in heaven. Four masterpiece studio albums. Countless classic singles and b sides. Three fantastic compilations of b sides and live versions. YOU NEED THEM ALL. They never sold out and they never compromised. They never went on and on past their sell by date, like so many other rockers. They have completely stood the test of time, for evidence just look at how many kids still get into The Smiths and buy their albums. Music to make you laugh, music to make you cry, music to make you feel wanted, music to make you feel part of something, music to rejoice to, music that speaks to you... Unique in every sense of the word, they have influenced countless bands, including Radiohead, Pulp, Oasis, Blur, Verve etc etc. The Smiths deserve the ultimate RESPECT - LEGENDS.
the-jaguar

the-jaguar

June 21, 2005
edited over 15 years ago
I think Johnny Marr knew exactly what he was after when choosing to collaborate with Morrissey in 1982. These songs would be absolute relics; the most cutting edge folk songs ever to have been composed. With such an inspiring word-smith, and a perfectly suited rhythm section of Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke, Marr dug effortlessy deep; producing tastefully-sparkling gems via outstanding guitar arrangements that mirrored Morrissey's unique slant on events and emotions.

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