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The Smiths was an English rock band formed 1982 in Manchester by vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them one of the most important bands to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. In 2002, NME named the Smiths "the artist to have had the most influence on the NME" and In 2003 four of the band's albums appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". The band's focus on a guitar, bass, and drum sound and their fusion of 1960s rock and post-punk, were a rejection of the then-popular, synthesiser-based dance-pop and new wave styles. Marr's guitar work, using a Rickenbacker, had a jangle pop sound reminiscent of Roger McGuinn of The Byrds. Morrissey's complex, literate lyrics combined themes about ordinary people with mordant humour. Signed to Rough Trade records, The Smiths released four studio albums, one collection of early singles, and one live album, in addition to EPs and Singles. All the albums are superb: The Smiths, Hatful of Hollow (compilation), Meat is Murder, The Queen is Dead and Strangeways, Here We Come. Other outstanding releases include the live album Rank, The Peel Sessions EP, and the excellent archival release Complete from 2011. After The Smiths breakup in 1987, the two main players Morrissey and Johnny Marr pursued solo careers, Johnny Marr also worked with The Pretenders and Electronic.
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