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Is the Smiths a good band?

Is the Smiths a good band?

Yes, they are a great, great band. The stars were aligned when Johnny Marr formed a songwriting partnership with Morrissey. The result of that partnership is a large catalog of melodically-beautiful and lyrically-rich pop gems. Indeed they were.

What made the Smiths so great?

They sounded original. They were a guitar band, which gave them heaps more credibility than, say, Tears for Fears, OMD, or even The Human League. Post-punk at the time The Smiths released their first recordings had evolved into synth-heavy New Wave, and critics were eager to champion guitar music again.

Are Beatles the best band?

Even 50 years after their breakup, the Beatles still hold the distinction of “greatest band ever” for IPR’s Mark Simmet. Here’s why. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison formed the Beatles in 1960, with various changes of personnel resulting in Ringo Starr completing the quartet in 1962.

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Who should I listen to if I like the Smiths?

Similar To

  • Kirsty MacColl.
  • Orange Juice.
  • R.E.M.
  • The Cure.
  • The Go-Betweens.
  • The Housemartins.
  • Billy Bragg.
  • Bradford.

Are the Smiths still a band?

The indie pop icons were officially together for just five short years, from 1982-87. Guitarist Johnny Marr recently decided to revisit the past and remaster the Smiths’ archive. The Smiths disbanded in 1987 due to tension within the group, specifically between Marr and frontman Morrissey.

Who wrote the Smiths songs?

The majority of the Smiths’ songs were written by the songwriting partnership of Morrissey and Johnny Marr. Throughout their career, their songs differed from the traditional synth-pop British sound of the early 1980s, instead fusing together 1960s rock and post-punk.

What kind of band is the Smiths?

Indie rock

The Smiths
Genres Indie rock jangle pop post-punk alternative rock
Years active 1982–1987
Labels Rough Trade Sire
Associated acts The Pretenders D.A.R.K. The Adult Net
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Are Smiths New Wave?

The Smiths were the definitive British indie rock band of the ’80s, marking the end of synth-driven new wave and the beginning of the guitar rock that dominated English rock into the ’90s.

Are the Smiths as important as the Beatles?

Yes. Culturally and for longevity and for credibilty, and words like that, I think you can put them up there. I think the British have gotten into a mind-set where the Smiths are as important as the Beatles. You can’t really make that argument; it doesn’t hold up in court.

Why are the Smiths still so popular?

“And it’s true: the Smiths helped many an American youth of the 1980s through the growing pains of high school and college in lieu of (and occasionally, for those lucky couples who bonded over the band, in the company of) a boyfriend or girlfriend. Crucially they continue to do so.”

How many songs did the Smiths have?

The terrific British music writer Tony Fletcher has just published the definitive biography of the group, “A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths,” taking almost 700 pages to tell the story of just 70 songs and this essential slice of the 1980s.

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Did the Smiths have a breadth like the cure?

Yes, The Smiths did have breadth, but not to the same degree as The Cure (e.g. “Same Deep Water as You” vs “Love Cats” vs “Siamese Twins” vs “Why Can’t I Be You” vs….) And Morrissey might have been lyrically brilliant, but there are multiple Cure albums I’ll sit all the way through.