The Smiths

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The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. Q magazine's Simon Goddard argued in 2007 that The Smiths were "the one truly vital voice of the '80s", "the most influential British guitar group of the decade" and the "first indie outsiders to achieve mainstream success on their own terms". The NME named the Smiths the "most influential artist ever" in a 2002 poll, even topping the Beatles.

Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey and Marr, the group signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, on which they released four studio albums, The Smiths (1984), Meat Is Murder (1985), The Queen Is Dead (1986) and Strangeways, Here We Come (1987). Four of their albums (including three studio albums) appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. They have also released several compilations, and numerous non-LP singles.

The Smiths had several singles reach the UK top twenty and all four of their studio albums reached the UK top five, including one which topped the charts. They won a significant following and remain cult favourites, although they had limited commercial success outside the UK while they were still together. The band broke up in 1987 and have turned down several offers to reunite.

The band's focus on a guitar, bass, and drum sound, and their fusion of 1960s rock and post-punk, were a repudiation of synthesiser-based contemporary dance-pop – the style popular in the early 1980s. Marr's guitar-playing on his Rickenbacker often had a jangly sound reminiscent of Roger McGuinn of the Byrds. Marr's guitar-playing influenced later Manchester bands, including the Stone Roses and Oasis. Morrissey's lyrics combined themes about ordinary people with a mordant sense of humour.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
“Challah” Twins Samantha & Mark Ronson 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Now That’s What I Call Music II (UK) Various Artists 2.5 3
1987 Just Say Yes… Various Artists 5 1
1988 Indie Top 20, Volume 4: State of Independents Various Artists 2
1988 21 Years of Alternative Radio 1 Various Artists 1
1988 Indie City 2 Various Artists 1
1990 Talking Loud and Clear: A Kick Up the 80's, Volume 04 Various Artists 1
1990 A Constant Source of Interruption Various Artists 1
1990 A Kick Up the Eighties, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1990 Best of Peel Sessions par Bernard Lenoir Various Artists 1
1990 Manchester: So Much to Answer For Various Artists 1
1991 1x20 (Red) Music From British Independent Record Companies Various Artists 1
1991 A Kick Up the 80s, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
1991 New Season: The Peel Sessions Various Artists 2
1991 Ragazzi Bizarre Various Artists 1
1991 Rock & Pop Diamonds 1983 Various Artists 1
1992 Rock & Wave, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1993 Now That’s What I Call Music! 1984 (10th Anniversary) Various Artists 1
1993 Now That’s What I Call Music! 1986 (10th Anniversary) Various Artists 1
1994 Once in a Lifetime, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Tijdloze honderd, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1994 Totally 80s 5+6 Various Artists 1
1995 Into the Eighties Various Artists 1
1995 Shine Various Artists 1
1995 Drive Time 2 Various Artists 1
1995 The Best... In the World... Ever! Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Eighties: The Rolling Stone Collection 1983–1985 Various Artists 1
1995 The Best... Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 3
1995 Tijdloze honderd, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1995 Was het nu 70 of 80? Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1996 Untitled Various Artists 1
1996 Lost Property Various Artists 1
1996 The No. 1 Eighties Album Various Artists 1
1996 Untitled 2 Various Artists 1
1996 Hang the DJ: Modern Rock 1987 Various Artists 1
1996 The Best... Album in the World... Ever! Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1996 Britpop, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1996 Modern Rock 1986: Hang the DJ Various Artists 1
1996 Retro Night Various Artists 1
1996 Rock Anthems, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1996 The Spiral Tribe, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1996 This Is the 80's Various Artists 1
1997 Drive On: 36 Classics for the Open Road Various Artists 1
1997 The No. 1 Drive Album Various Artists 1
1997 18 New Wave Classics, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1997 The Best Anthems... Ever! Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1997 Classic Rock: Overdrive Various Artists 1
1997 Les Inrockuptibles: 10 ans/100 chansons Various Artists 1
1997 Los 100 mayores éxitos de los 80 Various Artists 1
1997 Once in a Lifetime Various Artists 1

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