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Morrissey - 100% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Spoken Word
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 - 55% match to The Smiths

Genres: Music Theme Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Spoken Word
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 - 38% match to The Smiths

Genres: Music Theme Pop / Rock 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

Echo & The Bunnymen - 36% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock 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

Talking Heads - 34% match to The Smiths

Genres: Music & Radio Pop / Rock 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 Stone Roses - 29% 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 - 28% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock 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

Johnny Marr - 26% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Psychedelic Furs - 26% 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

Blur - 25% match to The Smiths

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Spoken Word 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

Radiohead - 24% match to The Smiths

Genres: Documentaries Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock 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

Siouxsie & The Banshees - 24% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Siouxsie Sioux (Susan Janet Ballion, 27 May 1957, London, England, although she also uses Susan Dallion) was part of the notorious ‘Bromley contingent’, including her then boyfriend Steve Severin (b. Steven John Bailey, 25 September 1955, London, England), which followed the Sex Pistols in their early days. Siouxsie had also taken part in the 100 Club Punk Festival Read more

Pixies - 23% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Spoken Word
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

The Jesus and Mary Chain - 23% match to The Smiths

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in East Kilbride, Scotland, this indie quartet originally comprised William Reid (28 October 1958, Glasgow, Scotland; vocals/guitar), Jim Reid (b. 29 December 1961, Glasgow, Scotland; vocals/guitar), Douglas Hart (bass) and Murray Dalglish (drums). In the summer of 1984 they moved to London and signed to Alan McGee’s label, Creation Records. Their debut, ‘Up Read more

Chameleons (UK) - 22% 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


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