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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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Morrissey Opens Up, Settles Scores In Autobiography

After some drama surrounding its publication, Morrissey has published his new memoir Autobiography through Penguin Classics, and it's out now in Europe. (He's doing a…
Tom Breihan | October 17, 2013 - 9:09 am

Universal Shuts Down Smiths/Peanuts Mashup Tumblr

UPDATE: Via True To You: Morrissey would like to stress that he has not been consulted over any takedown request to remove the Tumblr blog…
Miles Bowe | September 20, 2013 - 10:40 am

Watch Johnny Marr Play Fallon

Last night, Smiths guitar wizard Johnny Marr served as the musical guest on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. On the show proper, he played the…
Tom Breihan | May 2, 2013 - 10:42 am

Listen To A Rare, Early Smiths Rehearsal

In May 1983, the Smiths, not yet signed to Rough Trade, were getting ready to record their debut album when they recorded a rehearsal, just…
Tom Breihan | March 20, 2013 - 10:12 am

Watch Johnny Marr Play “How Soon Is Now?” With Ronnie Wood

A couple of weeks ago, we posted video of the Smiths guitar legend Johnny Marr playing "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," one of the many…
Tom Breihan | February 28, 2013 - 10:33 am

Stream Johnny Marr The Messenger

Smiths guitar wizard Johnny Marr has put in decades of work with a generous fistful of post-Smiths projects, but he’s somehow never released a proper…
Tom Breihan | February 19, 2013 - 10:19 am

Watch Johnny Marr Play “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” For The 1st Time In 25 Years

Well, we got the My Bloody Valentine album, so a Smiths reunion must be at least a thing that could happen, someday, right? Wrong? Still,…
Michael Nelson | February 14, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Johnny Marr – “The Right Right Thing”

Smiths guitar-god Johnny Marr will release his first-ever full-fledged solo LP The Messenger in a couple of months, and we’ve already seen his moody video
Tom Breihan | December 4, 2012 - 10:18 am

The Weeknd – “Enemy”

First of all, this new Weeknd song appropriates the Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" in lyric and in sample. And…
Amrit Singh | October 26, 2012 - 4:50 am

Moz Publicist: The Smiths Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together

Yesterday, we told you about how Coachella offered to go vegetarian in exchange for a Smiths reunion at the festival, and then we mentioned a…
Michael Nelson | October 2, 2012 - 2:20 pm

Strangeways, Here We Come Turns 25

The Smiths commenced recording their fourth (and ultimately final) full-length knowing the title of the album and little else. Still, the band possessed such a…
Brad Shoup | September 28, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Let’s Stay Not Together: The 10 Best Quotes About Bands Never Reuniting

Most of us go to work every day at jobs we find redundant, collaborating with people we don't like. And, generally speaking, the pay is…
Kenny Herzog | June 25, 2012 - 11:51 am

Watch Quicksand Reunite At Revelation Records 25th Anniversary

After Gorilla Biscuits broke up and before he formed Rival Schools, Walter Schreifels led the great New York post-hardcore band Quicksand. Quicksand mastered an emotive…
Tom Breihan | June 11, 2012 - 10:44 am

The 2012 Smiths/Morrissey Convention @ Avalon, Hollywood 4/29/12

Yesterday fans of the Smiths and Morrissey united at the Avalon in Hollywood to celebrate all things Moz. Plenty of pompadours and horn-rimmed glasses filled…
Andrew Youssef | April 30, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Watch Johnny Marr On Portlandia

Johnny Marr is the latest figure from the rock world to drop into this season of Portlandia, joining the ranks of Isaac Brock, Joanna Newsom,…
Corban Goble | March 5, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Morrissey Easter Egg Found In Google Earth

Well, somebody’s being cute. As the Verge reports, enterprising landscape architect Ste Allan has inserted a pixelated image of Morrissey, in classic Smiths-era recline, on…
Tom Breihan | January 3, 2012 - 10:29 am

Katy Goodman Covers The Smiths (Stereogum Premiere)

Katy Goodman is a red-haired human being who, as Kickball Katy, plays bass in the Vivian Girls, and who, as La Sera, also makes solo…
Tom Breihan | December 15, 2011 - 4:50 pm