FROM TEENAGE BEDROOMS to the other side, via sinister pedagogues, Victorian prisons and the smog-laden mysteries of the north, The Smiths songs covered a lot of ground.
And that’s just the lyrics. Creating entire worlds within three minutes with their intricate jangles and enveloping atmospheres, the partnership of Morrissey and Marr (keenly aided by rhythm twins Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke) was one of rock’n’roll’s truly special ones.
In the new issue of MOJO (August 2016 / #273), on sale in the UK from July 28, we celebrate The Smiths’ unique universe by presenting their 50 greatest songs.
Our writers delve deep into the mists and meanings behind the band’s singular vision to provide illuminating new commentaries on The Smiths’ back catalogue, aided by contributions from Elbow's Guy Garvey, Richard Hawley and The Decemberists, while there are also interviews with former band members, a look at Johnny Marr’s forthcoming memoir and an exclusive set report from the new Morrissey biopic (you heard it here first!).
Also our free CD celebrates the group’s indie legacy with 15 tracks of the finest independent music from 2016.
Get the new issue of MOJO for the full Hatful, but for now check out MOJO’s bare-bones rundown of The Smiths’ 50 Greatest Songs.