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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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Morrissey Descends Upon Hammerstein Ballroom

Really wish we had legs that felt fully recovered from CMJ, but you know, these things take time. That hasn't stopped fellow Moz-freaks from making…
Stereogum | October 24, 2007 - 3:42 pm
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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…
Stereogum | September 7, 2007 - 7:13 pm
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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 po…
Stereogum | August 3, 2007 - 3:50 pm
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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…
Stereogum | June 12, 2007 - 5:06 pm
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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…
Stereogum | May 2, 2007 - 6:43 pm
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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…
Stereogum | April 10, 2007 - 11:51 am
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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…
Stereogum | March 22, 2007 - 12:15 pm
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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…
Stereogum | February 8, 2007 - 9:19 am
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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…
Stereogum | February 1, 2007 - 4:15 pm
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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
Stereogum | January 18, 2007 - 12:34 pm
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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 assume…
Stereogum | January 11, 2007 - 11:41 am
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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…
Stereogum | October 25, 2006 - 10:21 am
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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…
Amrit Singh | October 2, 2006 - 4:38 pm
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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,…
Scott Lapatine | September 20, 2006 - 2:58 pm
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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…
Amrit Singh | August 15, 2006 - 9:06 pm
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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 membershi…
Scott Lapatine | August 3, 2006 - 6:12 pm
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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…
Scott Lapatine | May 23, 2006 - 11:45 am
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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…
Scott Lapatine | April 17, 2006 - 7:08 am
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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,…
Scott Lapatine | April 10, 2006 - 2:51 pm
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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…
Scott Lapatine | March 22, 2006 - 3:01 pm
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