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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...


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...


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...


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 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...


Left of the Dial: The Best of Eighties College Rock

May 27, 2014

They came from places like Athens, Georgia, and Manchester, England: Bookish (and often brooding) alt-rock savants whose snarling attitude and sharp wits soon found a home among cool-kid radio stations across the land.


10 New Wave Secrets Finally Revealed

April 16, 2014

If you miss the days when the world was made of mesh and lace, you'll want to check out Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s. The hugely entertaining book, by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein, includes interviews...


Morrissey: Nobody 'Wants a Smiths Reunion'

February 27, 2014

Morrissey once again dashed fans' hopes for a Smiths reunion in a new interview with Billboard, tossing off the idea with a cheeky, "I don't know a single person who wants a Smiths reunion!" But while the impossible dream may still be just that, Morrissey...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Morrissey Shares New Single, 'World Peace Is None of Your Business'

May 13, 2014

Morrissey has offered up the first taste of his long-awaited new album, World Peace Is None of Your Business, sharing the title track and a new spoken-word video, both of which you can check out on iTunes. The album is also expected to see release on...


The Smiths Release Interactive Career Timeline

March 4, 2014

In just five years, the Smiths went from an indie pop outfit puttering around Manchester to one of the UK's most successful, significant acts – and then, just like that, they were gone. Short as their time was together, the Smiths' output was...