The Smiths were an English indie rock band who formed in 1982. The band was made up of Morrissey (vocals), Johnny Marr (guitar), Andy Bourke (bass) Mike Joyce (drums) and Craig Gannon (rhythm guitar, for a time). They had a unique sound, and Morrissey’s voice is so versatile and dreamy IMO. I think I might feel that way because I love English accents though….
The songs that the band produced were often quite cutting and witty about social issues happening in England in the 1980’s. I don’t think I have heard a band whose music is depressing and strangely uplifting at the same time. But that’s how I feel about The Smiths.
The band created several albums including The Smiths (self titled), Meat is Murder, The Queen is Dead, Strangeways, Here We Come & Rank. Some of the titles were designed to be provocative and controversial, which I think added to the bands ‘fuck society’ attitude. This attitude was also reflected in their songs, both through the lyrics and jarring guitar riffs. The Smiths had a unique sound, unlike anything preceding them. They paved the way for other similar bands during and after that time.
The Smiths did not stay together long due to internal tensions and disbanded before the end of the 80’s. However, during their short time together they created music that will stay with myself and many others well into the future.
Tough, but these are my top picks:
1. Hand In Glove (1983)
2. This Charming Man (1983)
3. What Difference Does It Make? (1984)
4. How Soon Is Now (1985)
5. Panic (1986)
Let me know what you guys think of this musical series! Next up, The Church or INXS, not sure yet.