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Even in an era of radical post-punk, The Smiths is an utterly unique debut. From the woozy charms of “Reel Around the Fountain”, Morrissey’s fragile croon commences its love affair with Johnny Marr’s twinkling guitar. The band brings fire to “You’ve Got Everything Now” and “This Charming Man”, a Motown dance beat embroidered with slippery guitar. Gentle in its rage, “Hand in Glove” takes on child abuse as no other band could, whilst the group’s singular allure glows within the dreamy licks of “I Don’t Owe You Anything”.

Biography

Formed: 1982 in Manchester, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

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. Sonically, the group was indebted to the British Invasion, crafting ringing, melodic three-minute pop singles, even for their album tracks. But their scope was far broader than that of a revivalist band. The group's core members, vocalist Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, were obsessive rock fans inspired by...
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