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Morrissey - 100% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Steven Patrick Morrissey, 22 May 1959, Davyhulme, Manchester, England. Morrissey began his career with the vague intention of succeeding as a music journalist. Unemployed in Manchester during the late 70s, he frequently wrote letters to the music press and was eventually taken on by Record Mirror as a freelance local reviewer. During this period, he also ran a New York Dolls Read more

Joy Division - 33% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally known as Warsaw, this Manchester post-punk outfit is widely regarded as one of the most important bands of their era. Joy Division comprised Ian Curtis (15 July 1956, Manchester, England, d. 18 May 1980, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England; vocals), Bernard Sumner (b. Bernard Dicken, 4 January 1956, Salford, Lancashire, England; guitar/vocals), Peter Hook (b. 13 Febru Read more

New Order - 22% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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When Joy Division’s Ian Curtis committed suicide in May 1980 the three remaining members, Bernard Sumner (Bernard Dicken, 4 January 1956, Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, England; guitar/vocals), Peter Hook (b. 13 February 1956, Salford, Lancashire, England; bass) and Stephen Morris (b. 28 October 1957, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England; drums) continued under the name New Read more

Johnny Marr - 19% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Cure - 17% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1976 as the Easy Cure, this UK band originally comprised Robert Smith (21 April 1959, Blackpool, Lancashire, England; guitar/vocals), Michael Dempsey (b. 29 November 1958, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia; bass) and Laurence ‘Lol’ Tolhurst (b. 3 February 1959, Horley, Surrey, England; drums, later switching to keyboards). After struggling to find a niche duri Read more

The Stone Roses - 17% match to The Smiths

Genres: Documentaries Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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A classic case of an overnight success stretched over half a decade, the UK band Stone Roses evolved through a motley collection of Manchester-based non-starters such as the Mill, the Patrol, and English Rose before settling down as Stone Roses at the start of 1984. Acclaimed for their early warehouse gigs, at this time the line-up comprised Ian Brown (20 February 1963, Warr Read more

Pulp - 15% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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UK indie pop troupe headed up by the inimitable Jarvis Cocker (Jarvis Cocker, 19 September 1963, Intake, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England). Cocker’s mocking humour and cantankerous nature helped establish Pulp as one of the most interesting and original UK bands to break into the charts during the mid-90s.Originally based in Sheffield, England, Cock Read more

The Libertines - 15% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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One of the UK’s most fêted bands of the early 00s turned out to be the Libertines, an outfit whose sound was comparable to early punk purveyors such as the Clash and the Jam. The Libertines story began when leaders Pete Doherty (12 March 1979, Hexham, Northumberland, England; guitar/vocals) and Carl Barât (b. Carlos Barât, 6 June 1978, Basingstoke, Ham Read more

Echo & The Bunnymen - 14% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The origins of this renowned Liverpool, England-based band can be traced back to the spring of 1977 when vocalist Ian McCulloch (5 May 1959, Liverpool, England) was a member of the short-lived Crucial Three with Julian Cope and Pete Wylie. While the latter two later emerged in the Teardrop Explodes and Wah!, respectively, McCulloch put together his major band at the end of Read more

The Drums - 14% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Radiohead - 13% match to The Smiths

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The five members of Radiohead first met at a private boys school in Abingdon, a small, picturesque town on the outskirts of Oxford. Thom Yorke (Thomas Edward Yorke, 7 October 1968, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England; vocals/guitar) had been given his first instrument, a Spanish guitar, at the age of eight by his mother. He formed his first band two years later, then j Read more

Suede - 13% match to The Smiths

Genres: Folk Music Videos & Concerts Vocals
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Blur - 12% match to The Smiths

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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‘When our third album comes out our position as the quintessential English band of the 90s will be assured.’ A typical bullish statement that could have been made by any number of UK indie bands in 1990 - but from the mouth of Damon Albarn of Blur it amounted to prophecy. Blur were formed in London while Albarn (23 March 1968, Whitechapel, London, England; vocals), Read more

The Clash - 12% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Clash at first tucked in snugly behind punk’s loudest noise, the Sex Pistols (whom they supported on ‘the Anarchy tour’), but later became a much more consistent and intriguing force as possibly the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of the late 70s and early 80s. Guitarist Mick Jones (Michael Geoffrey Jones, 26 June 1955, Brixton, London, England) had Read more

The Jesus And Mary Chain - 12% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
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