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Doing a list of the best albums “of all time” is bound to be a disaster — EW tried it this past summer and not surprisingly the thing was a shitshow. But ranking the Top 500 Albums Of All Time is exactly the type of feature NME runs out there every few years, and they’ve… More »

For a band that lasted only five years and released only four official full-length albums, the Smiths’ catalog is a nightmare to untangle. The 70 or so songs the band eventually issued were consistently brilliant — an idiosyncratic amalgam of character studies, political insight, and life-changing anthems for the eternal outsider. In Britain, they were… More »

Johnny Marr is, without question, one of the nicest guys in rock and roll. He’s also, without question, one of the most talented guitar players of all time. As a founding member of the Smiths, Marr helped change the face of English rock music forever and created a signature guitar style that would influence an… More »

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Man Booker Prize Winner Marlon James Wrote A Tribute To The Smiths’ “I Know It’s Over”

Late last year, the Jamaican author Marlon James published the absolutely stunning novel A Brief History Of Seven Killings, a panoramic image of Jamaica in…
Tom Breihan | October 21, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Rock Hall 2016 Nominees Include The Smiths, NIN, N.W.A, Janet Jackson

Someone is getting in this year. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame have announced the nominations for next year's inductions, and the list has…
Tom Breihan | October 8, 2015 - 9:07 am

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg – “Reel Around The Fountain” (The Smiths Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg are strange bedfellows in many ways. They're two men who come from very different places but share an affinity for…
Caitlin White | August 19, 2015 - 9:58 am

New The Smiths x Tears For Fears Mashup Is Surprisingly Great

Ever wonder what it would sound like if the Smiths and Tears For Fears joined forces? Well, a surprisingly good new mashup of "Stop Me…
Caitlin White | July 29, 2015 - 12:25 pm

Watch Actor Michael Shannon Cover “The Queen Is Dead” At Smiths Tribute In Evanston

On Saturday night, actor Michael Shannon rounded up a group of Chicago-based musicians for a Smiths tribute concert at SPACE in Evanton, Illinois. His lineup…
James Rettig | June 8, 2015 - 2:13 pm

Michael Shannon, Jason Narducy, & Friends Will Cover The Queen Is Dead In Chicago

Michael Shannon is an actor (Revolutionary Road, Boardwalk Empire, Man Of Steel) and musician who is planning to helm a group of Chicago musicians to…
Caitlin White | April 17, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Watch Happyness Cover The Smiths’ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”

Happyness -- one of our esteemed Bands To Watch -- recently played a show for NME and, while there, performed a cover of the Smiths'…
James Rettig | February 10, 2015 - 9:36 am

Stars – “What Difference Does It Make?” (The Smiths Cover)

The Smiths have always loomed large in Stars' constellation of influences, and Stars' Torquil Campbell and Chris Seligman made that connection plain by performing an…
Chris DeVille | November 17, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Watch Johnny Marr Play “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” On Fallon

Johnny Marr was the musical guest on Jimmy Fallon last night. He trotted out the old Smiths track "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard…
James Rettig | November 12, 2014 - 10:38 am

Watch James Franco’s “This Charming Man” Video From His Smiths-Inspired Album/Film Let Me Get What I Want

Wrap your head around this one: James Franco and his fellow RISD conceptual art MFA student Tim O'Keefe have a band called Daddy, and they're…
Chris DeVille | November 11, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Watch Noel Gallagher Join Johnny Marr On Smiths & Iggy Pop Songs In London

Johnny Marr just released a new album, Playland, and Noel Gallagher just announced that he's got a new album due out in March 2015, Chasing
Michael Nelson | October 24, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Green Day Among Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2015 Nominees

Once a year, around this time, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announces a whole new class of inductees who might be inducted into…
Tom Breihan | October 9, 2014 - 9:27 am

30 Rock Stars Discuss Their Favorite Smiths Songs

By my count, the Smiths only recorded 74 songs during their brief, brilliant career, so the concept of choosing their 30 greatest seems kind of…
Michael Nelson | July 14, 2014 - 11:41 am

Cloud Boat – “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” (Smiths Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Cloud Boat are a production duo who will be putting out the new album Model Of You this summer; the album includes the recent single…
Miles Bowe | June 17, 2014 - 11:00 am

Hear Arcade Fire Cover The Smiths’ “London” In London

Last night Arcade Fire covered Echo And The Bunnymen at London's Earls Court. Tonight they played another show at the venue, and debuted another cover…
Scott Lapatine | June 7, 2014 - 7:05 pm

Watch Miley Cyrus Cover The Smiths

If I had to pick a "favorite song of all time," there's a pretty good chance I'd go with "There Is A Light That Never…
Michael Nelson | May 20, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Check Out The Smiths’ ’86 USA Tour Rider

When the Smiths were touring behind The Queen Is Dead in 1986, they were fueled largely by cheese sandwiches and booze. (Also, some of them…
Chris DeVille | May 8, 2014 - 10:48 am

Check Out These Lego Versions Of 20 Famous Bands

If you can't quite get your fix from The Lego Movie (which honestly, who could blame you) artist Adly Syairi Ramly has you covered with…
Miles Bowe | March 19, 2014 - 11:03 am

Twin Shadow (Feat. Samantha Urbani) – “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” (The Smiths Cover) Video

So far in Twin Shadow's UNDER THE CVRS series, we've heard George Lewis cover 10cc, Bruce Springsteen, Tori Amos, U2, and 112. His latest offering,…
Scott Lapatine | February 13, 2014 - 11:34 pm

Johnny Marr Plays Fallon, Plans Autobiography, Joins Spider-Man 2 Supergroup With Pharrell

Johnny Marr's headlining tour hits NY this weekend, and in advance of the concert he returned to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon yesterday to perform…
Scott Lapatine | November 16, 2013 - 7:24 pm
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