The Smiths: 30 years since the split and still the best British band ever? - Metro
By: Alice Wright.
"If we set out criteria for what makes not just a great band, but one of the best (in my heart I know they ARE the best) then this would be the checklist:
Which probably just about sums up The Smiths.
- Iconic songwriting partnership
- Revolutionary and original
- Era and generation defining
- Legendary live shows
- Controversial, divisive and memorable
- Passionate fans
- Musical longevity
- Life changing songs
- Something indefinable
Despite chart success and constant media attention they kept their ‘alternative’ tag – maybe because they were so very different to the glamorous, colourful mainstream 80s music happening at the time – but they were genuine one-offs."