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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 - 40% match to The Smiths

Genres: Music Theme 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

The Cure - 37% 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

New Order - 34% match to The Smiths

Genres: Christian & Gospel Electronic & Ambient 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

Echo & The Bunnymen - 32% 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 Stone Roses - 27% 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

Psychedelic Furs - 24% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Talking Heads - 24% match to The Smiths

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the post-punk era, Talking Heads pursued an idiosyncratic path of (often) uncompromising brilliance up to their acrimonious break-up in 1991. The band was formed by ex-Rhode Island School of Design, students David Byrne (14 May 1952, Dumbarton, Scotland; vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz (b. Charlton Christopher Frantz, 8 May 1951, F Read more

The Psychedelic Furs - 24% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Until the recruitment of a drummer (Vince Ely) in 1979, Richard Butler (5 June 1956, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England; vocals), Roger Morris (guitar), John Ashton (b. 30 November 1957; guitar, ex-Photon), Duncan Kilburn (woodwinds) and Tim Butler (b. 7 December 1958; bass) had difficulties finding work. The band was also dogged by an unprepossessing sullenness in interv Read more

Jesus And Mary Chain - 21% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Johnny Marr - 21% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Jesus and Mary Chain - 21% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Chameleons (UK) - 20% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1981 in Middleton, Manchester, England this highly promising but ill-fated band was formed by Mark Burgess (vocals, bass), Reg Smithies (guitar), Dave Fielding (guitar) and Brian Schofield (drums), although the latter was soon replaced by John Lever. After some successful BBC radio sessions, the band was signed to the CBS Records subsidiary Epic and released ‘In Read more

Pixies - 20% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This highly influential alternative rock band was formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, by university students Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV (6 April 1965, Long Beach, California, USA; vocals/guitar) and Joey Santiago (b. Joseph Alberto Santiago, 11 June 1965, Manila, the Philippines; guitar). A newspaper advertisement, requiring applicants for a ‘ H&uum Read more

Radiohead - 20% 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


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