The Interactive Sound of The Smiths

1982 - 1987
Explore the interactive world of The Smiths and discover the complete discography of one of the most influential British groups of a generation
Early

Johnny Marr and Steven Morrissey form The Smiths with bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce

Together they release 17 UK singles and 4 studio albums, becoming one of the most influential bands of the 1980s

October

The Smiths perform their first gig at The Ritz in Manchester, England

Songs Performed

23 March

The band play their first ever London show at The Rock Garden

May

Debut single 'Hand In Glove' is released

Hand In Glove

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  1. 1. Hand in Glove
  2. 2. Handsome Devil (Live Manchester Hacienda, 4/2/83)
Hand in glove
We can go wherever we please
And everything depends upon
How near you stand to me
Released through independent record label Rough Trade, Hand In Glove peaked at number 3 in the UK Indie Chart.
October

'This Charming Man' single becomes The Smiths' first Top 30 UK hit

This Charming Man

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The song peaks at No 25 in the UK
January

Single 'What Difference Does It Make?' is released

What Difference Does It Make?

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February

The group release their self titled debut album 'The Smiths'

The Smiths

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  1. 1. Reel Around the Fountain
  2. 2. You've Got Everything Now
  3. 3. Miserable Lie
  4. 4. Pretty Girls Make Graves
  5. 5. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
  6. 6. Still Ill
  7. 7. Hand in Glove
  8. 8. What Difference Does It Make?
  9. 9. I Don't Owe You Anything
  10. 10. Suffer Little Children
‘This album defined northern British pop in a manner not unlike the Beatles had two decades earlier.’ Daryl Easlea - 2007
The album reached No 2 in the UK
May

'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now' is the group’s first Top 10 single

Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

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In my life
Why do I give valuable time
To people who don't care if I live or die?
August

The single 'William, It Was Really Nothing' is released

William, It Was Really Nothing

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  1. 1. William, It Was Really Nothing
  2. 2. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine ranked the single at #425 within their 500 greatest songs of all time Rolling Stone Magazine
November

The singles and b-sides compilation 'Hatful Of Hollow' is released

Hatful of Hollow

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  1. 1. William, It Was Really Nothing
  2. 2. What Difference Does It Make?
  3. 3. These Things Take Time
  4. 4. This Charming Man
  5. 5. How Soon Is Now
  6. 6. Handsome Devil
  7. 7. Hand in Glove
  8. 8. Still Ill
  9. 9. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
  10. 10. This Night Has Opened My Eyes
  11. 11. You've Got Everything Now
  12. 12. Accept Yourself
  13. 13. Girl Afraid
  14. 14. Back to the Old House
  15. 15. Reel Around the Fountain
  16. 16. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
February

'How Soon Is Now?' single released

How Soon Is Now?

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Possibly our most enduring record. It's most people's favourite, I think. Johnny Marr, Uncut Magazine, 2007
The single originally appeared as a B-side on 'William, It Was Really Nothing'.
February

The group release their second studio album 'Meat Is Murder'

Meat Is Murder

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  1. 1. The Headmaster Ritual
  2. 2. Rusholme Ruffians
  3. 3. I Want the One I Can't Have
  4. 4. What She Said
  5. 5. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
  6. 6. Nowhere Fast
  7. 7. Well I Wonder
  8. 8. Barbarism Begins at Home
  9. 9. Meat Is Murder
The sleeve features a 1967 photograph from the Vietnam War, with the wording on a soldier’s helmet changed from 'Make War Not Love' to 'Meat Is Murder'.
The album reached No 1 in the UK
March

The band release non-album single 'Shakespeare's Sister'

Shakespeare’s Sister

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  1. 1. Shakespeare's Sister
  2. 2. What She Said
July

'That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore' is released, the only single to be released from 'Meat Is Murder'

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore

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  1. 1. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
  2. 2. Meat is Murder (Live)
September

'The Boy with the Thorn in His Side' single released

The Boy with the Thorn in His Side

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October

The iconic 'The Queen Is Dead' photoshoot takes place at The Salford Lads Club

May

'Bigmouth Strikes Again' single released

Bigmouth Strikes Again

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  1. 1. Bigmouth Strikes Again
  2. 2. Money Changes Everything
The song was the lead single from their third album The Queen Is Dead
June

'The Queen Is Dead' enters the UK Album chart at No 2

The Queen Is Dead

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  1. 1. The Queen Is DeadPlay The Queen Is Dead
  2. 2. Frankly, Mr. Shankly
  3. 3. I Know It's Over
  4. 4. Never Had No One Ever
  5. 5. Cemetry Gates
  6. 6. Bigmouth Strikes Again
  7. 7. The Boy with the Thorn in His Side
  8. 8. Vicar in a Tutu
  9. 9. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
  10. 10. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
‘It’s easy to see why the album is held in such high esteem by Smiths fanatics and why, a decade later, it became a key influence for all things Britpop.’ Alistair Beech, Clash Magazine, June 2011
July

The single ‘Panic’ is released

Panic

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Because the music that they constantly play
It says nothing to me about my life
October

The single ‘Ask’ is released

Ask

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December

The Smiths play their final live gig at London’s Brixton Academy

Early

The Smiths begin to break-up

January

‘Shop Lifters Of The World Unite’ is released

Shop Lifters Of The World Unite

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February

The singles and b-sides compilation album ‘The World Won’t Listen’ is released

The World Won’t Listen

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  1. 1. Panic
  2. 2. Ask
  3. 3. London
  4. 4. Bigmouth Strikes Again
  5. 5. Shakespeare's Sister
  6. 6. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
  7. 7. Shoplifters of the World Unite
  8. 8. The Boy With the Thorn in His Side
  9. 9. Asleep
  10. 10. Unloveable
  11. 11. Half a Person
  12. 12. Stretch Out and Wait
  13. 13. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
  14. 14. Oscillate Wildly
  15. 15. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby
  16. 16. Rubber Ring
March

The singles and b-sides compilation album ‘Louder Than Bombs’ is released

Louder Than Bombs

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  1. 1. Is It Really So Strange?
  2. 2. Sheila Take a Bow
  3. 3. Shoplifters of the World Unite
  4. 4. Sweet and Tender Hooligan
  5. 5. Half a Person
  6. 6. London
  7. 7. Panic
  8. 8. Girl Afraid
  9. 9. Shakespeare's Sister
  10. 10. William, It Was Really Nothing
  11. 11. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby
  12. 12. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
  13. 13. Ask
  14. 14. Golden Lights
  15. 15. Oscillate Wildly
  16. 16. These Things Take Time
  17. 17. Rubber Ring
  18. 18. Back to the Old House
  19. 19. Hand in Glove
  20. 20. Stretch Out and Wait
  21. 21. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
  22. 22. This Night Has Opened My Eyes
  23. 23. Unloveable
  24. 24. Asleep
April

The single ‘Sheila Take a Bow’ is released

Sheila Take a Bow

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August

The single ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’ is released

Girlfriend in a Coma

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September

The final album 'Strangeways, Here We Come' is released

Strangeways, Here We Come

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  1. 1. A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours
  2. 2. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
  3. 3. Death of a Disco Dancer
  4. 4. Girlfriend in a Coma
  5. 5. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One BeforePlay Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
  6. 6. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
  7. 7. Unhappy Birthday
  8. 8. Paint a Vulgar Picture
  9. 9. Death at One's Elbow
  10. 10. I Won't Share You
‘The last seconds of Strangeways, Here We Come are still enough to make me teary over the loss of one of the most distinctive and beautiful bands in all music, so God knows how it felt for besotted fans when they first heard it in 1987.’ Jamie Gill, Huffington Post, September 2012
Strangeways was the final studio album that The Smiths ever recorded
September

The Smiths officially disband

November

The single ‘I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish’ is released

I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish

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  1. 1. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
  2. 2. Pretty Girls Make Graves
December

The Smiths' final single 'Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me'

Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

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  1. 1. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
  2. 2. Rusholme Ruffians
Last night I dreamt
That somebody loved me
No hope, no harm
Just another false alarm
October

Live album, 'Rank', is released one year after their final studio album

Rank (Live Album)

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  1. 1. The Queen Is Dead
  2. 2. Panic
  3. 3. Vicar In A Tutu
  4. 4. Ask
  5. 5. His Latest Flame/Rusholme Ruffians (Medley)
  6. 6. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
  7. 7. Rubber Ring/What She Said (Medley)
  8. 8. Is It Really So Strange?
  9. 9. Cemetry Gates
  10. 10. London
  11. 11. I Know It's Over
  12. 12. The Draize Train
  13. 13. Still Ill
  14. 14. Bigmouth Strikes Again
November

The compilation album ‘The Sound of The Smiths’ is released

The Sound Of The Smiths

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  1. 1. Hand in Glove
  2. 2. This Charming Man
  3. 3. What Difference Does It Make? (Peel sessions version)
  4. 4. Still Ill
  5. 5. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
  6. 6. William, It Was Really Nothing
  7. 7. How Soon Is Now
  8. 8. Nowhere Fast
  9. 9. Shakespeare's Sister
  10. 10. Barbarism Begins at Home (7" version)
  11. 11. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
  12. 12. The Headmaster Ritual
  13. 13. The Boy With the Thorn in His Side
  14. 14. Bigmouth Strikes Again
  15. 15. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
  16. 16. Panic
  17. 17. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby
  18. 18. Ask
  19. 19. Shoplifters of the World Unite
  20. 20. Sheila Take a Bow
  21. 21. Girlfriend in a Coma
  22. 22. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
  23. 23. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
  24. 24. Jeane
  25. 25. Handsome Devil (live)
  26. 26. This Charming Man (New York Vocal)
  27. 27. Wonderful Woman
  28. 28. Back to the Old House
  29. 29. These Things Take Time
  30. 30. Girl Afraid
  31. 31. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
  32. 32. Stretch Out and Wait
  33. 33. Oscillate Wildly
  34. 34. Meat Is Murder (live)
  35. 35. Asleep
  36. 36. Money Changes Everything
  37. 37. The Queen Is Dead / Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty (medley)
  38. 38. Vicar in a Tutu
  39. 39. Cemetary Gates
  40. 40. Half a Person
  41. 41. Sweet and Tender Hooligan (BBC version)
  42. 42. Pretty Girls Make Graves (Troy Tate demo)
  43. 43. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
  44. 44. What's the World? (live)
  45. 45. London (live)
September

The compilation album ‘The Smiths Complete’ is released

The Smiths Complete

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  1. 1. Reel Around the Fountain
  2. 2. You've Got Everything Now
  3. 3. Miserable Lie
  4. 4. Pretty Girls Make Graves
  5. 5. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
  6. 6. This Charming Man
  7. 7. Still Ill
  8. 8. Hand in Glove
  9. 9. What Difference Does It Make?
  10. 10. I Don't Owe You Anything
  11. 11. Suffer Little Children
  12. 12. The Headmaster Ritual
  13. 13. Rusholme Ruffians
  14. 14. I Want the One I Can't Have
  15. 15. What She Said
  16. 16. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
  17. 17. Nowhere Fast
  18. 18. Well I Wonder
  19. 19. Barbarism Begins at Home
  20. 20. Meat Is Murder
  21. 21. The Queen Is Dead
  22. 22. Frankly, Mr. Shankly
  23. 23. I Know It's Over
  24. 24. Never Had No One Ever
  25. 25. Cemetry Gates
  26. 26. Bigmouth Strikes Again
  27. 27. The Boy With the Thorn in His Side
  28. 28. Vicar in a Tutu
  29. 29. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
  30. 30. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
  31. 31. A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours
  32. 32. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
  33. 33. Death of a Disco Dancer
  34. 34. Girlfriend in a Coma
  35. 35. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
  36. 36. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
  37. 37. Unhappy Birthday
  38. 38. Painting a Vulgar Picture
  39. 39. Death at One's Elbow
  40. 40. I Won't Share You
  41. 41. Panic
  42. 42. Ask
  43. 43. His Latest Flame / Rusholme Ruffians (Medley)
  44. 44. Rubber Ring / What She Said
  45. 45. Is It Really So Strange?
  46. 46. London
  47. 47. The Draize Train
  48. 48. William, It Was Really Nothing
  49. 49. These Things Take Time
  50. 50. How Soon Is Now
  51. 51. Handsome Devil
Present-day

NME name The Queen Is Dead the “greatest album of all time”.

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