The Smiths, how do I start, ohhhhhhhhh my favorite band, the lyrics, the rhythm, that sexy, sultry voice, how could you not love Morrissey and the amazing teen angst beat that cam along with it. I’ve never heard death and misery, and agony spoken soooooo melodramatic and lovely.

The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester  in 1982. Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. The group were signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records  for whom they released four studio albums and several compilations, as well as numerous non-LP singles. Although they had limited commercial success outside the UK while they were still together, and never released a single that charted higher than number 10 in their home country, The Smiths won a growing following, and remain cult and commercial favorites. The band broke up in 1987 amid disagreements between Morrissey and Marr and have turned down several offers to reunite since then.

That was a little history tid-bit from wikipedia because I didn’t know the history but I wish I was alive then when they were still together, awww that would’ve been awesome if I could see one of their concerts.

Morrissey has such an amazing voice I need to marry someone with those vocal cords!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

I saw a recent picture of him 2 years ago at some awards show or whatever and  he looks pretty good for someone who’s 50 something.

The Smiths would be the band that helped me through the really annoying years of High School, the very cliche that people can place on this band but whatever, it’s not like I’m some hipster pretending to be poor an miserable. The Smiths were and will always be the perfect music for generations and generations, it is perfect.

In February 1984, the group released their debut album The Smiths, which reached number two on the UK Album charts Both “Reel Around the Fountain” and “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” met with controversy, with some tabloid newspapers alleging the songs were suggestive of paedophilia, a claim strongly denied by the group.

The album was followed the same year by the non-album singles “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” and “William, Really It Was Nothing”, which featured “How Soon is Now?” on its b-side. Securing the band’s first Top Ten placing, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” was also significant for marking the beginning of engineer and producer Stephens Streets long-term working relationship with the band

More controversy followed when ” Suffer Little Children, the b-side to “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” touched on the theme of the Moors Murders. This caused an uproar after the grandfather of one of the murdered children heard the song on a pub jukebox and felt the band was trying to commercialize the murders. After meeting with Morrissey, he accepted that the song was a sincere exploration of the impact of the murders. Morrissey subsequently established a friendship with Ann West, the mother of victim Lesley Ann Downey, who is mentioned by name in the song.

The year ended with the compilation album “Hatful Of Hollow” This collected singles, B-sides and the versions of songs that had been recorded throughout the previous year for the Peel and Jensen shows.

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