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The Smiths

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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




Post Careers


Johnny Marr

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.

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.

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.

Andy Rourke

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" and "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys". Rourke also played bass on Morrissey's 1990 singles "November Spawned A Monster" and "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.

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.

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.

Mike Joyce

Immediately after the break-up of the band, Joyce and Rourke played with Sinéad O'Connor. They, along with Craig Gannon, also provided the rhythm section for two 1989 singles by Morrissey – "Interesting Drug" and "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" and their b-sides. Session work with Suede, Buzzcocks, Public Image Limited, Julian Cope, P. P. Arnold and Pete Wylie followed throughout the 1990s. 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.

In July 2007, Joyce along with Rourke released Inside The Smiths, a film which chronicled their experiences of being in the band. Both speak highly of Morrissey and Marr in the film and convey how special they believed The Smiths were and still are to them. In October 2007 Joyce toured the UK playing drums for Vinny Peculiar with Bonehead on bass guitar.

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. Joyce has been working in FM/Internet radio broadcasting for the past several years, alongside his worldwide club djing career. His show ‘Alternative Therapy’ began broadcasting in 2006 on 96.2 The Revolution. The station was taken over by Steve Penk in 2008 and Joyce took his show to Manchester Radio Online, which achieved an audience of 5 figures. The success of Joyce’s show caught the attention of Jon Tattersall from The Official Charts Company, who approached him to present The Coalition Independent Chart Show. After discussions, Joyce decided to take the chart show to East Village Radio. After 2 successful years at EVR, Joyce was approached by Beatwolf Radio with the offer of content director of the station, which he accepted. As well as hosting, “Alternative Therapy”, Joyce will also host 'The Official Record Store Chart', which features new releases from the top twenty singles and albums chart.

Joyce v Morrissey/Marr


Studio Albums


Live Albums