Q Magazine calls them “the one truly vital voice of the ’80s”. The Smiths, driven by the lovesick, literary lyrics of Morrissey and the melodic, jangly guitar of Marr, were the first independant band to achieve major success. Widely critically acclaimed, the band paved the way for Madchester bands like James and the Stone Roses and the later Britpop scene of the 1990’s.
This fortnight’s album is 1986’s The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths.
Each fortnight Fran and Dave explore a new genre from the Music Tree by choosing an album to represent it. We write about the genre or artist during the fortnight, and post our reviews on Sunday. Want to join the musical adventure? Listen along with our Spotify playlist, and subscribe by clicking the link in the sidebar to get an email every time there’s a new post.