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The Smiths

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How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 06:46
This Charming Man The Smiths 02:43
Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want The Smiths 01:52
Bigmouth Strikes Again The Smiths 03:11
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out The Smiths 04:05
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now The Smiths 03:36
Back to the Old House The Smiths 03:06
This Night Has Opened My Eyes The Smiths 03:41
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before The Smiths 03:35
I Know It's Over The Smiths 05:49

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The Queen Is Dead
Frankly, Mr. Shankly
I Know It's Over
Never Had No One Ever

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When budding guitarist Johnny Marr knocked on the door of alienated writer Stephen Morrissey to see if he fancied starting a band, one of the most important partnerships in British rock history was born. Flouncing dramatically around the stage, waving gladioli at the crowd, Morrissey's crooning, awkward charisma, barbed outsider persona and sexual ambiguity inspired an obsessive following. While Marr's chiming, layered melodies made him one of the most innovative guitarists of his generation. Mixing everyday working class grime with poetic romanticism and a genuine love of classic 60s pop, singles This Charming Man, How Soon Is Now? and Panic turned the band into legendary indie icons - their influence still resonating today. Albums The Smiths (1984), The Queen Is Dead (1986) and Strangeways Here We Come (1987) all made it to Number 2 in the UK charts with Meat Is Murder (1985) giving them their only Number 1. Amid clashing egos and bitter rows over royalties, the band split in 1987 with Morrissey going on to have a successful solo career. Marr contributed to several bands and both Rourke and Joyce became radio DJs in Manchester.