Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Do You Remember ?

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Do You Remember ?

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The Smiths Formed in 1982, The Smiths are undoubtedly one of the greatest bands to emerge from Manchester.

Consisting of singer Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce, the band first performed live in Manchester at The Ritz in October 1982. A gig at the iconic Hacienda followed in February, 1983.

Their alternative sound and defiant attitude gained them a loyal following, particularly around Manchester.

The band signed with record label Rough Trade Records in 1983 and they released their self-titled debut album in February 1984 which reached number two in the album chart.

Their second album - Meat is Murder - was released in 1985, followed by The Queen is Dead in 1986.

Tensions ultimately began to form within the band despite their growing success. This resulted in their split in 1987 prior to the release of their fourth studio album Strangeways Here We Come. …

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