The Smiths hadn’t yet enlisted Andy Rourke, but on 4 October 1982, the band staged their debut live show at Manchester’s Ritz ballroom.
Mike Joyce of The Smiths has spoken about the band's final album, Strangeways, Here We Come, to mark its 35th anniversary.
Marrying evocative music with a nuanced lyric, That Isn’t Funny Anymore became one of The Smiths’ most beguiling songs.
Though it was given a limited single release, Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others remains one of The Smiths’ landmark songs.
Laying the foundation for a stellar career, The Smiths’ Hand In Glove immediately slipped into indie fans’ hearts.
They didn’t know it at the time but, following the release of Sheila Take A Bow, The Smiths would make their last public performance.
Effervescent, erudite and widely influential, This Charming Man kicked off a stellar run of Top 40 hits for The Smiths.
Where overdue respect is concerned, The Smiths’ lone live album, ‘Rank’, has more than earned it by now, baby.
Melancholic, yet truly life-affirming, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side is the sound of The Smiths – and indie-pop – at their most sublime.
Think you know everything about indie-pop’s most charming men? Here are ten surprising Smiths facts which may change your mind…
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