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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 a… More »

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New Freebass – “I Envy Us”

So looks like Freebass, the bass-y trio of New Order four-stringer Peter Hook, the Smith’s low-end man Andy Rourke, and ex-Stone Roses/current-Primal Scream thunder-sticker Gary “Mani” Mounfield are slapping ‘n’ picking their way closer to a debut. Hook recently told Billboard to possibly expect it before Christmas: Guess he has more time since New Order… More »

By: Stereogum / September 7, 2007 - 7:13 pm

Separate Ways, Here We Come

One from the archives! There’s a lot going on in this shaky clip of the Smiths at London’s Brixton Academy in 1986. A fan pop onto the stage, Morrissey flails, Johnny manages to never lose a precariously dangling cigarette. More interesting — it captures the band performing their last song ever. Any idea how these… More »

By: Stereogum / August 3, 2007 - 3:50 pm

New Mark Ronson (Feat. Daniel Merriweather) Video – “Stop Me”

Though most artists looking for something to cover are best advised to steer clear of the Smiths songbook, we’ve always felt Mark Ronson’s horny gamble on “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” is a winner (turns out Moz and Marr do, too). But this new, international version of the vid for… More »

By: Stereogum / June 12, 2007 - 5:06 pm

Jeff Buckley Covers The Smiths

Few artists could sustain the sort of rarity scrounging posthumous repackaging treatment Jeff gets — but naturally we’ve bought just about every boxed set/live show/remastered demo release mom Mary Guibert’s put together (and then some she hasn’t). But the tenth anniversary of Jeff’s death approaches, a natural time for reflection on his tragically brief recording… More »

By: Stereogum / May 2, 2007 - 6:43 pm

The Smiths Approve Of Ronson’s “Stop Me”

Mark Ronson’s been taking heat for his awesome cover of “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before,” but Moz and Marr are on board. He wrote on MySpace (via NME):when i recorded the original demo of “stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before” with my friend (the singer) daniel… More »

By: Stereogum / April 10, 2007 - 11:51 am

More Moz Dates For The States

We’d load this post up with tons of Morrissey puns, but that joke isn’t funny anymore. So instead, we spread the good news posted by Morrissey zine True To You that Moz has added dates to his U.S. tour. The chest-baring trek begins in California late next month, making its way across the country before… More »

By: Stereogum / March 22, 2007 - 12:15 pm

Strange Grave, Here He Comes

Maladjusted to the vagaries of life, Morrissey has given deep thought to the cemetery gates that house his ultimate resting spot. Via Metro:The 48-year-old star wants a spot at the celebrity cemetery Hollywood Forever, near his home in Los Angeles, the Daily Express reports.

And not just that, but the former Smiths frontman also… More »

By: Stereogum / February 8, 2007 - 9:19 am

Reel Big Fish Cover The Smiths

OK, not everybody thinks it’s OK to like ska, but for those that do, cover masters Reel big Fish are a pretty good reason. Maybe not for their original material, but the Fish have a reel knack for bringing palm-muted guits and skanked-out horns to some of our favorite tracks and acceptably ska-ifying them. And… More »

By: Stereogum / February 1, 2007 - 4:15 pm

Malkmus On Shins, Smiths, Thermals, Mullets

Stephen had a chat with Seattle’s The Stranger, touching on northwestern bands, cities, and fashion styles. Some thoughts on the region’s music (via LHB):What about Portland’s music scene?
There’s stuff going on, you know. There’s all varieties. I’m not totally privileged to know. There’s the Kingdom and the Get Hustle. I like this band, the… More »

By: Stereogum / January 18, 2007 - 12:34 pm

New Lily Allen – “Smile (Version II Revisited)”

Or should we say “New Mark Ronson”? The producer/wedding DJ put together a glockenspiel-and-Motown remix of Lily’s cut for his forthcoming full-length Version. (P4K assumes it’s the same version that’ll be one of two bonus tracks on the US release of Alright, Still.) And Mark recently did the Authentic Shit show on East Village Radio,… More »

By: Stereogum / January 11, 2007 - 11:41 am

The Dears Diva-nize Morrissey

Until this year’s Gang Of Losers (their best effort yet), The Dears were never mentioned without a passing reference to The Smiths, and it?s a tagline they’ve usually embraced (while pointing to other references like Serge Gainsbourg along the way). But the Canadian indie rockers had a chance to share a bill with Morrissey, and… More »

By: Stereogum / October 25, 2006 - 10:21 am

Dance To Joy Division, Or To JoJo?

Now that we know what Brits wanna hear when they’re dead, we’re curious what the living are listening to. The busy pollsters at NME contacted a cross-section of the UK’s student body in an effort to uncover their “favourite” dancefloor anthems. Here’s the Top Ten:1. “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” – Arctic… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 2, 2006 - 4:38 pm

The World’s Worst MP3 Blog Would Look Like This

We know this is old news, but for the five of you who haven’t read it yet … hilarious:August 7th, 2006
Mash-up in the house, y’all! Some bedroom producer from Norway who calls himself Calvin Johnsven just sent me this fantastic song (OK, I guess it’s more like a sound collage) of UK superstar Lily… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 20, 2006 - 2:58 pm

Nor-wave Goodbye To Oslo: Stereogum @ Øya 2006

One thing to know about Oslo: Most people are honest (except cabbies), friendly (except customs agents), extremely beautiful (no exceptions), and obsessed with the export of their arts. So Øya is ostensibly an international festival, drawing on credible, on-the-rise indie acts (Cold War Kids, The Knife, Midlake) and legendary industry stalwarts (Morrissey, Yoko Ono, Beck)… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 15, 2006 - 9:06 pm

Johnny Marr Joins Modest Mouse

Rolling Stone has a update on the ex-Smiths axeman’s ongoing collaboration with Modest Mouse: it’s become a full time gig!According to Brock, Marr?s membership is so unequivocal, he will tour with MM in support of their next record, tentatively titled We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank and tentatively due this fall. ?He made… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 3, 2006 - 6:12 pm

Magic Numbers Cover The Smiths

There has never been a Smiths cover better than the original. Yet, I always look forward to hearing new versions of “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.” Here, from the new Q CD, is the latest addition to my collection courtesy of our favorite hirsuite siblings.

The Magic Numbers – “There IsMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 23, 2006 - 11:45 am

Jesus Sings The Smiths

On YouTube: BBC3 interprets the story of Easter using tunes by Manchester bands. Jesus (Darren Morfitt) performs “Love Will Tear Us Apart” at the last supper. Tim Booth plays Judas.

In this other clip, Jesus sings “You’re Gonna Need Someone On Your Side” until Judas betrays him, launching into “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 17, 2006 - 7:08 am

Found Found Found

No, not Jerry Garcia’s toilet (sadly still MIA).

But rather I’m referring to Morrissey’s sex drive, last seen in the dorm room of William (though, allegedly, it was really nothing). Lyrics on the singer’s new album have listeners once again speculating about the sexual proclivities of their bedsit hero.

When we first spied… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 10, 2006 - 2:51 pm

Stream The New Morrissey

Hear Ringleader Of The Tormentors at MozSpace. He’s sorry about those Arctic Monkeys comments, noting the band’s meteoritic rise is “just like the Smiths.” Or just like Oasis, if you ask Noel Gallagher.

“Morrissey has 27389 friends.” And he’s still moping. And that’s why we love him. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 22, 2006 - 3:01 pm