How Smiths' 'The Queen Is Dead' Mixed High Wit, Heavy Drama

June 16, 2016

The Eighties were a banner decade for British music, with one perma-classic after another – New Order's Technique, the Stone Roses' debut, the Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy, Echo and the Bunnymen's Ocean Rain – but the bellwether may...


Smiths Photographer on Witnessing Band at Their Peak

June 13, 2016

Nalinee Darmrong was a teenager living in Washington, D.C., in 1984, when a friend gave her a cassette tape containing the music of a then-emerging British band called the Smiths. About a year later, she went to see the Smiths perform in D.C. during the...


Watch Jon Hamm Defend Bad Taste in Music to Chris Gethard

June 1, 2016

“I have the worst taste in music in the world,” actor Jon Hamm says to comedian Chris Gethard ahead of the Season Two finale of The Chris Gethard Show. Rolling Stone asked the duo backstage what kind of music is on their regular...


Johnny Marr Announces Autobiography Details

April 21, 2016

The Smiths co-founder Johnny Marr has inked a book deal with Dey Street Books. The autobiography, titled Set the Boy Free, is due out November 3rd, 2016. "I wanted to convey a feeling of breaking free, that has been a constant throughout my life,"...


See Video for Jeff Buckley's Smiths Cover 'I Know It's Over'

February 11, 2016

You and I, a new compilation featuring 10 unreleased Jeff Buckley recordings, arrives on March 11th. Featured on the collection is the late singer's delicate, emotional rendition of the Smiths' "I Know It's Over," one of a handful of covers...


Joe Manganiello Producing Morrissey-Approved Smiths Movie

May 4, 2016

Actor Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, Sabotage) is producing a film with his company 359 Inc. about rock legends the Smiths, Pitchfork reports. The film, called Shoplifters of the World, is inspired by Smiths legend of a crazed fan...


The Smiths' Andy Rourke, Cranberries Singer Team for Album

March 24, 2016

Former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and the Cranberries' singer Dolores O'Riordan have teamed up for a new band called D.A.R.K., which includes songwriter, producer and DJ Olé Koretsky. Their 10-song debut album, Science Agrees, will be released...


Readers' Poll: 10 Rock Bands You Hope to See Reunite

January 13, 2016

LCD Soundsystem and Guns N' Roses may be back together, but there's still a very long list of bands that remain split. Some ended by mutual decision after decades on the road, while others imploded just a few years after reforming and haven't even...



Flashback: The Smiths Play an Epic 'How Soon Is Now?'

December 8, 2015

"How Soon Is Now?" was the Smiths hit that never quite was. Their U.K. record company buried it on a B-side in 1985 because they thought the track – built around a swooping tremolo attack on a single F-sharp chord that sounded like guitarist Johnny...


Ryan Adams Recording Covers LP of Taylor Swift's '1989'

August 6, 2015

Ryan Adams is a master of stripped-down, emotional covers, but he's taking that mastery to a new level as he records covers of Taylor Swift's smash album 1989 in its entirety and in the style of the Smiths. "Guaranteed saddest version of...


Flashback: Morrissey Declares 'The Queen Is Dead' in 2007

February 3, 2015

Morrissey is a tough guy to please. He changes managers and record labels like most people change their socks, cancels an absurd amount of concerts and hates so many things that the shows that do happen sometimes begin with Big Hard Excellent Fish's 1990...


Hall of Fame: Janet Jackson, N.W.A, NIN, Smiths Lead Noms

October 8, 2015

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 are in, and the list includes Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, the Cars, Janet Jackson, N.W.A, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths and Yes. The rest of this year's hopefuls...


Johnny Marr Preps Autobiography: 'The Time Has Come'

March 23, 2015

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr says the "time has come to tell my story" in a new autobiography scheduled for release in Autumn 2016 through publisher Century, The Book Seller reports. The as-yet-untitled book will be come out in hardback...



James Franco's Art School Duo Daddy Prep Smiths-Inspired LP

November 11, 2014

Proving once again there's no artistic medium he won't dabble in, James Franco is prepping for the release of Let Me Get What I Want, the new Smiths-inspired album from Daddy, his art school project with producer-composer Tim O'Keefe. While the LP, which...


Green Day, NIN, Smiths Nominated for Hall of Fame

October 9, 2014

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 are in, and the list includes Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Lou Reed and Sting. The rest of this year's hopefuls are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic,...


Arcade Fire Covers CCR's 'Hey Tonight'

July 31, 2014

Arcade Fire have added yet another cover to their growing repertoire, busting out Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Hey Tonight" during their Wednesday night show at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Via Pitchfork, multi-instrumetnalist...


20 Years of Morrissey's 'Vauxhall and I'

June 6, 2014

There once was a time when Morrissey cared very deeply about how the public's perception of his work had the potential to sink his solo career. "There's going to be some trouble/A whole house will need rebuilding," he sings in the opening lines of "Now...


See Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr Jam on Iggy Pop

October 24, 2014

Johnny Marr brought out Noel Gallagher to play a couple of songs during the encore of a recent concert at London's O2 Academy Brixton. When Marr introduced the former Oasis guitarist, he called him "one of the great songwriters for this country" and cheekily...


Morrissey Dropped by Record Label

August 10, 2014

Morrissey has once again been set adrift without a record label. True To You reports that Capitol Music and Harvest Records have ended their relationship with the singer, "as directed by label boss Steve Barnett." The news comes just...


Arcade Fire Cover the Smiths in London

June 8, 2014

Arcade Fire have continued their streak of canny cover songs as they've taken the Reflektor tour overseas. On Saturday night, for the encore of their second show at the Earl's Court Exhibition Centre in London, the band covered the Smiths' "London." The...