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==Formation==
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The Smiths were an English alternative rock band, formed in Manchester in 1982. Based on the song writing partnership of Morrissey (vocals) and Johnny Marr (guitar), the band also included Andy Rourke (bass) and Mike Joyce (drums). Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. The group was signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, on which they released four studio albums, several compilations, and numerous non-LP singles. Although they had limited commercial success outside the UK while they were still together, and never released a single that charted higher than number 10 in their home country, The Smiths won a significant following, and remain cult and commercial favourites. The band broke up in 1987 and have turned down several offers to reunite since then.<ref name="wthesmiths"/>
  
==1983-1987==
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== General Information ==
  
==Break-Up==
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Smiths The Smiths Wikipedia page]
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* [[:Category:The Smiths Discography | Discography]]
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* [[:Category:The Smiths Lyrics | Lyrics]]
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* [[The Smiths Live | Live History]]
  
==Post Careers==
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== Timeline ==
===Morrissey===
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See [[Morrissey#Timeline|Morrissey timeline]]
===Johnny Marr===
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After Marr left The Smiths, he was very briefly an official member of The Pretenders. In late 1987, he toured with the band and appeared on the single "Windows Of The World". He recorded and toured with The The from 1988 through 1994, recording two albums with the group while simultaneously forming Electronic with New Order's Bernard Sumner. Electronic were intermittently active throughout the 1990s, releasing their final album in 1999. Marr has also worked as a session musician and writing collaborator for artists including Oasis, Pet Shop Boys, Billy Bragg, Black Grape, Jane Birkin, The Talking Heads, and Beck. In 2000, Marr formed The Healers and their debut album ''Boomslang'' was released in 2003, with all lyrics and lead vocals by Marr. A second album was originally scheduled for release in April 2005, and a short tour was expected soon after, but Marr has since stated that the band is on the "side burner" for the time being. In 2011, Marr began performing with The Healers again, although with a completely new line-up and is currently writing and recording material for a new Healers album.
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In 2006, Marr began work with Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock on songs that eventually were featured on the band's 2007 release, ''We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank''. The band subsequently announced that Marr was a fully fledged member, and the line-up toured extensively throughout 2006–07. The album reached number one on the American Billboard charts in late March 2007, Marr's highest chart position before that was with Electronic, who made the Top 40 in the singles chart with "Getting Away With It". In January 2008, Marr began working with Wakefield indie group The Cribs. In 2009, Marr recorded an album with the band titled ''Ignore the Ignorant'', which was released on later that year. In April 2011, it was confirmed that Marr would no longer be part of the band.
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== References ==
 
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Marr played a large role in scoring the 2010 Christopher Nolan film ''Inception'' with composer Hanz Zimmer. Using a 12-string-guitar, he produced repetitive, simple melancholic tones that became a character theme for the protagonist, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. On 13 July 2010, Marr performed with an orchestra conducted by Zimmer for a live internet broadcast of the soundtrack. Marr also worked on the soundtrack for the film ''The Big Bang'' in 2011.
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<ref name="wthesmiths">{{cite | title=The Smiths Wikipedia page | url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Smiths| pub=Wikipedia | author= | date= | dom=Wikipedia.org | type=ext }}
 
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===Andy Rourke===
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Immediately after the break-up, Rourke and Joyce played with Sinéad O'Connor, with Rourke appearing on her 1990 album ''I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got''. Along with Craig Gannon, they provided the rhythm section for two 1989 singles by Morrissey – "[[Interesting Drug (single)|Interesting Drug]]" and "[[The Last Of the Famous International Playboys (single)|The Last Of The Famous International Playboys]]". Rourke also played bass on Morrissey's 1990 singles "[[November Spawned A Monster (single)|November Spawned A Monster]]" and "[[Piccadilly Palare (single)|Piccadilly Palare]]" and co-penned the songs "[[Yes, I Am Blind]]", "[[Girl Least Likely To]]" and "[[Get Off The Stage]]". Rourke has also played and recorded with The Pretenders, Killing Joke, Badly Drawn Boy (with whom Rourke toured for two years), Aziz Ibrahim (formerly of The Stone Roses), and ex-Oasis guitarist Bonehead as Moondog One, which also included Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon. Rourke also played bass for Ian Brown, both on tour and on Brown's album ''The World Is Yours''.
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Rourke, his then-manager Nova Rehman, his production company, Great Northern Productions, and others organized Manchester v Cancer, a series of concerts to benefit cancer research. The initiative was prompted when Rehman's father and sister were diagnosed with the disease. The first Manchester v Cancer concert took place in January 2006. It featured a reunion between Rourke and Johnny Marr, who performed one song together. The second Mancehster v Cancer concert took place in March 2007. Rourke performed with former Oasis guitarist Bonehead's band Elektrik Milk. Rourke was less involved in organizing the third concert in February 2008 or the fourth in December 2009.
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In 2007, Rourke formed Freebass with bass players Mani (ex-The Stone Roses) and Peter Hook (ex-New Order) and remained active in the group until August 2010. Early in 2009, he relocated to New York City, where he has a program on East Village Radio and works as a club DJ with Olé Koretsky under the name Jetlag.
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===Mike Joyce===
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Immediately after the break-up of the band, Joyce and Smiths bassist Andy Rourke played with Sinéad O'Connor. They, along with Craig Gannon, also provided the rhythm section for two singles by Smiths' singer Morrissey – "Interesting Drug" and "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" and their b-sides. Work with Suede, Buzzcocks, Public Image Limited, Julian Cope, P. P. Arnold and Pete Wylie followed throughout the 1990s.
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Joyce, Rourke, and Gannon reunited to work on a project with fellow Manchester musician Aziz Ibrahim (formerly of The Stone Roses), ex-Oasis guitarist Bonehead (as Moondog One), and Vinny Peculiar.
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In 1989, Joyce and Andy Rourke sued former Smiths' colleagues Johnny Marr and Steven Morrissey for an equal share of performance and recording royalties (see The Smiths for more detail). He won the case, recovering around £1 million from Morrissey and Marr. He was not invited to the Manchester v Cancer benefit concert organised by Andy Rourke in January 2006 because Johnny Marr was playing.
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In July 2007, Joyce along with former bandmate Andy Rourke released Inside The Smiths, a DVD which chronicled their experiences of being in the band. Both speak highly of both Morrissey and Marr in the film and convey how special they believed The Smiths were and still are to them.
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In October 2007 Joyce toured the UK playing drums for Vinny Peculiar with Bonehead on bass guitar.
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Joyce was a member of Manchester band Autokat. In February 2009, Joyce took his radio show Alternative Therapy to Manchester Radio online. In April 2010, the show moved to East Village Radio, as Mike Joyce's Coalition Chart Show.
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Mike has been working in FM/Internet radio broadcasting for the past 7 years, alongside his worldwide club djing career.
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His show ‘Alternative Therapy’ began broadcasting in 2006 on 96.2 The Revolution (along side Mani, Clint Boon and Martin Coogan. The station was taken over by Steve Penk in 2008 and Mike took his show to Manchester Radio Online, which achieved an audience of 5 figures.
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The success of Mike’s show caught the attention of Jon Tattersall from The Official Charts Company. (www.theofficialcharts.com), who approached him to present The Coalition Independent Chart Show.
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The chart features a whole host of bands Mike likes and has invited on for interviews/sessions but there was a lack of facilities at MRO. Then he was offered the facility to record interviews and sessions at Blueprint Studio’s in Manchester. After discussions, Mike decided to take the chart show to East Village Radio, New York’s hippest station.
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After 2 successful years at EVR, Mike was approached by Beatwolf Radio with a view to being the manager/content director of the station. Never shirking a challenge, Mike set about contacting music heads around the world to join him in the venture and Beatwolf Radio was born.
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As well as presenting, “Alternative Therapy” a show Mike has been presenting since 2005, Mike will be presenting, The Official Record Store Chart. This will reflect sales of albums from the just approaching 100 independent record retailers right across the country who participate in Record Store Day UK, including pioneering shops such as Rough Trade, Eastern Bloc, Rounder Records, Rise, Jumbo, Sound It Out and Avalanche.
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Every week Mike will be cherry picking great new releases from the top twenty singles and albums chart.
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He also DJs in clubs around the world.
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==Joyce v Morrissey/Marr==
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==Discography==
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===Studio Albums===
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File:The-smithsalbum.jpg | ''[[The Smiths (album)|The Smiths]]'' <br><br><br>(1984)
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File:Meatismurder_us.jpg | ''[[Meat Is Murder]]'' <br><br><br>(1985)
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File:Thequeenisdead.jpg | ''[[The Queen Is Dead]]'' <br><br><br>(1986)
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File:Strangewaysherewecome.jpg | ''[[Strangeways, Here We Come]]'' <br><br>(1987)
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===Compilations===
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File:Hatfulofhollow.jpg | ''[[Hatful Of Hollow]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1984)
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File:Worldwontlisten.jpg | ''[[The World Won't Listen]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1987)
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File:Louder-than-bombs.jpg | ''[[Louder Than Bombs]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1987)
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File:Best_I.jpg | ''[[Best...I]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1992)
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File:Best_ii.jpg | ''[[...Best II]]''<br><br><br><br> (1992)
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File:Smiths-singles.jpg | ''[[Singles]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1995)
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File:SmithsVeryBest.jpg | ''[[The Very Best Of The Smiths]]'' <br><br><br>(2001)
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File:Soundofsmiths1.png | ''[[The Sound Of The Smiths]]''<br><br><br><br> (2008)
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File:The_Smiths_Singles_Box_cover.jpg | ''[[The Smiths Singles Box]]''<br><br><br><br> (2008)
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File:Complete.jpg | ''[[Complete]]'' <br><br><br><br>(2011)
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===Live Albums===
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File:Rank.jpg | ''[[Rank]]'' <br><br><br>(1988)
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===Singles===
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File:HandInGlove.jpg | ''[[Hand In Glove (single)|Hand In Glove]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1983)
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File:ThisCharmingMan.jpg | ''[[This Charming Man (single)|This Charming Man]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1983)
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File:Whatdiff.jpg | ''[[What Difference Does It Make? (single)|What Difference Does It Make?]]'' <br><br><br>(1984)
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File:Heaven-Knows.jpg | ''[[Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (single)|Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now]]'' <br><br><br>(1984)
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File:William-It-Was.jpg | ''[[William, It Was Really Nothing (single)|William, It Was Really Nothing]]'' <br><br><br>(1984)
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File:How-Soon-Is-Now.jpg | ''[[How Soon Is Now? (single)|How Soon Is Now?]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1985)
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File:ShakespearesSist.jpg | ''[[Shakespeare's Sister (single)|Shakespeare's Sister]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1985)
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File:THAT_joke_isnt_funny_anymore.jpg | ''[[That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (single)|That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore]]'' <br><br><br>(1985)
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File:Boy_with_the_thorn.jpg | ''[[The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (single)|The Boy With The Thorn In His Side]]'' <br><br><br>(1985)
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File:Bigmouthstrikesagain.jpg | ''[[Bigmouth Strikes Again (single)|Bigmouth Strikes Again]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1986)
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File:Panic.jpg | ''[[Panic (single)|Panic]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1986)
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File:Ask.jpg  | ''[[Ask (single)|Ask]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1986)
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File:Shopliftersunite.jpg | ''[[Shoplifters Of The World Unite (single)|Shoplifters Of The World Unite]]'' <br><br><br>(1987)
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File:Sheila-Take-A-Bow.jpg | ''[[Sheila Take A Bow (single)|Sheila Take A Bow]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1987)
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File:Girlfriendinacoma.jpg | ''[[Girlfriend In A Coma (single)|Girlfriend In A Coma]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1987)
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File:I-Started-Something.jpg | ''[[I Started Something I Couldn't Finish (single)|I Started Something I Couldn't Finish]]'' <br><br><br>(1987)
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File:Last_night_i_dreamt_12.jpg | ''[[Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (single)|Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1987)
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File:Stop_me.jpg | ''[[Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before (single)|Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before]]'' <br><br><br>(1987)
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File:Headmasterritual1985.jpg | ''[[The Headmaster Ritual (single)|The Headmaster Ritual]]'' <br><br><br><br><br>(1988)
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File:Barbarism.jpg | ''[[Barbarism Begins At Home (single)|Barbarism Begins At Home]]'' <br><br><br><br><br>(1988)
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File:Thischarmingman1992.jpg | ''[[This Charming Man (single)|This Charming Man]]'' <br><br><br><br><br>(1992)
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File:Howsoon1992.jpg | ''[[How Soon Is Now? (single)|How Soon Is Now?]]'' <br><br><br><br><br>(1992)
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File:Thereisalight1992.jpg | ''[[There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (single)|There Is A Light That Never Goes Out]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1992)
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File:Ask.jpg | ''[[Ask (single)|Ask]]'' <br><br><br><br><br>(1995)
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File:Sweetandtender.jpeg | ''[[Sweet And Tender Hooligan (single)|Sweet And Tender Hooligan]]'' <br><br><br><br>(1995)
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File:Headmasterritual.jpg | ''[[The Headmaster Ritual (single)|The Headmaster Ritual]]'' <br><br><br><br><br>(2009)
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Latest revision as of 21:05, 21 September 2012

The Smiths (1987)
THE SMITHS
Members Morrissey
Johnny Marr
Andy Rourke
Mike Joyce
Past Members Dale Hibbert
Craig Gannon
Years Active 1982-1987
Record Labels Rough Trade Records (UK), Sire Records (US)
Associated Acts Sandie Shaw, Kirsty MacColl
Official Website Unknown

The Smiths were an English alternative rock band, formed in Manchester in 1982. Based on the song writing partnership of Morrissey (vocals) and Johnny Marr (guitar), the band also included Andy Rourke (bass) and Mike Joyce (drums). Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. The group was signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, on which they released four studio albums, several compilations, and numerous non-LP singles. Although they had limited commercial success outside the UK while they were still together, and never released a single that charted higher than number 10 in their home country, The Smiths won a significant following, and remain cult and commercial favourites. The band broke up in 1987 and have turned down several offers to reunite since then.[1]

General Information

Timeline

See Morrissey timeline

References

  1. The Smiths Wikipedia page. Wikipedia. Retrieved from Wikipedia.org.