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Noor Hannosh

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It is about time that I wrote about The Smiths. The Manchester band have been my favorite since at least the summer before my junior year of high school. I listen to them all the time, they are great for when you are sad and just want to mope in it and they are good when you just want some good tunes.

The band consisted of Morrissey (vocalist), Johnny Marr (guitarist), Andy Rourke (bassist), and Mike Joyce (Drummer). They broke up in 1987 because Marr was expected to manage the band so he quit, shortly after the rest of the band fell out. Regardless, it is probably a good thing that they split up when they did because now the only music that we have by The Smiths is amazing.

The Smiths released a total of four studio albums throughout their career: “The Smiths‰” (1984), “Meat is Murder‰” (1985), “The Queen is Dead‰” (1986), and “Strangeways, Here We Come‰” (1987).

My favorite out of all of these is “The Queen is Dead‰Û, the record received critical acclaim and was recently reissued in a limited edition box set. This record has a lot of my favorite Smiths songs like “There is a light that never goes out‰” and “The Boy With the Thorn in His Side‰Û.

I am a fan of a lot of their more sad music, these songs are comparable to songs from bands like The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen‰Û. Songs like “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want‰Û, “Unloveable‰Û, “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me‰Û, and “Heaven Knows I‰’m Miserable Now‰” are some of my go to songs when I am sad, they are on so many of my moody music playlists. Basically you get it, they can make sad music, but that is the the thing that I love most about The Smiths, it is how well they convey emotions through their music. Aside from the musical composition, the lyrics really make the song; combining the lyrics with the usually melancholy tunes is what made The Smiths so great.

Bands like “The XX‰Û, “The Killers‰Û, and “modest Mouse‰” have been noted to have been inspired by some way with what The Smiths have done with music and lyrics.

Morrissey has had a solo career since the band split and the rest of the band have done some solo work too. A reunion of The Smiths is very unlikely.

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