The Smiths were a
British rock band from Manchester, and although their
success was primarily confined to the UK and Ireland,
they did make it onto the US Dance charts in 1985.
They formed back in 1982 and are considered by some to
be one of the most important alternative rock bands of
the early 80's. They chose the name of the band to
purposely be simple, in sharp contrast to many of
the other pretentious bands of the day.
The Smiths had a hit single in 1983 with
the song "This Charming Man", and they subsequently
in 1984. Some of you may remember the UK hit song
"What Difference Does It Make?" from this album.
There were another couple of non-album UK hit songs from
1984 as well: "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now",
"William, It Was Really Nothing", "How Soon is Now?",
and "Shakespeare's Sister". "How Soon is Now?"
also charted on the US Dance charts in the top 40.
As the 80's rolled on, The Smiths had ton
more hits in the UK even as they became more and more
political. You may remember songs like "Panic",
"Ask", "Shoplifters of the World Unite", "Sheila Take a
Bow", "Girlfriend in a Coma", and many more. They
broke up in the late 80's due to the stress of constant
touring and their inability to breakout internationally,
but were back to produce a few more albums in the
1990's. Although there has been rumors of a
reunion and handsome offers, at the time of this
writing, there was no reunion in the near future.
The Smiths Discography is as follows:1984: The Smiths
1985: Meat Is Murder
1986: The Queen Is Dead
1987: Strangeways, Here We Come
1988: The Peel Sessions
1984: Hatful of Hollow
1987: The World Won't Listen
1987: "Louder Than Bombs"
1992: ...Best II
2001: The Very Best of The Smiths
2008: The Sound of The Smiths
2008: The Smiths Singles Box
2011: The Smiths Complete
[starts] Punctured bicycle,
On a hillside desolate, Will nature make a man
of me yet?
When in this charming car,
This charming man, Why pamper life's complexity,
When the leather runs smooth, On the passenger
Meat is Murder