The Smiths , one of the most popular and critically acclaimed English bands of the s. The original members were lead singer Morrissey original name Steven Patrick Morrissey; b. October 31, , Manchester , bassist Andy Rourke b. June 1, , Manchester. Prime exponents of British alternative rock , the Smiths were based around the unlikely partnership of singer-lyricist Morrissey a reclusive bookworm inspired as much by Oscar Wilde as by his glam-rock heroes the New York Dolls and budding guitar hero Marr.
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The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in Consisting of vocalist Morrissey , guitarist Johnny Marr , bassist Andy Rourke , and drummer Mike Joyce , critics consider the band one of the most important to emerge from the British independent music scene of the s. Internal tensions led to their break up in and subsequent offers to reunite have been refused.
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The Smiths, circa The band would break up two years later in August The hits. The flops.