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The Smiths
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Past Group Members Morrissey
Johnny Marr
Mike Joyce
Andy Rourke
Craig Gannon
Music Genre (Text) Alternative rock
indie pop
Origin Manchester, England
Year(s) Active 1982–1987
Record Label Rough Trade
Sire
Official Websites officialsmiths.co.uk
Associated Acts The Pretenders
Jetlag
The Adult Net
Moondog One
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The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. Q magazine's Simon Goddard argued in 2007 that The Smiths were "the one truly vital voice of the '80s", "the most influential British guitar group of the decade" and the "first indie outsiders to achieve mainstream success on their own terms". The NME named the Smiths the "most influential artist ever" in a 2002 poll.

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