"The Smiths" were an English rock group active from 1982 to 1987. The group was based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey and Johnny Marr, and were signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records. Considered by critics to be the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British indie scene of the 1980s, the Smiths have had a major influence on subsequent alternative music, including the Britpop movement and bands such as The Stone Roses, Gene, Radiohead, Blur, Suede, Oasis, The Libertines, and Doves. At the time, the group was notable in particular for two things: Morrissey's unusual, witty and controversial lyrics, and Marr's music, which helped return guitar-based music to popularity after it fell out of favour in the UK charts. The group released a total of four studio albums and several compilations in less than five years, as well as numerous singles.
Although not commercially successful outside the UK while they were still together, the Smiths won a growing following both at home and overseas in the closing years of the twentieth century and remain cult and commercial favourites to this day.
The group was formed in early 1982...
|music genre||Alternative rock|
|current members||Morrissey (1982-1987, singing|
|past members|| Dale Hibbert (1982, bass guitar)|
Craig Gannon (1986, rhythm guitar)