New Smiths single has “Trump Will Kill America” engraving

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Smiths fans have been reporting a surprise in their copies of the new 7-inch of The Boy With The Thorn In His Side from The Smiths—the thorn being a political message inscribed in the 45’s run-out groove: “Trump will kill America.” Political statements are nothing new for the likes of Morrissey and Marr, with Moz during his solo career directly calling out Margaret Thatcher …

Post-Punk street-art has been appearing in Manchester featuring song lyrics from The Smiths, Joy Division, and The Stone Roses

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“I’m not bloody Banksy, am I? He’s making a mint, I’m making nothing.” About 2 weeks ago a street artist going by only his instagram user name alshepmcr was interviewed by the UK’s Press Association via the Bury Times newspaper about why through the use of his stencil kit he has owned for 20 years, he is placing song lyrics from legendary Manchester bands …

Listen to The The’s ‘We Can’t Stop What’s Coming’, their first single in 10 years—featuring Johnny Marr

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The The’s Matt Johnson debuted his first new single under his band’s moniker in a decade. You can listen to it on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music show. Johnson phoned in to the program introducing the song “We Can’t Stop What’s Coming,” which was a loving tribute to his late brother Andrew Johnson who passed away in January of 2016. The record will be released as …

The Smiths to issue unreleased ‘Boy With The Thorn In His Side’ single for Record Store Day

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Last year via Morrissey fan-site True to you, it was announced that two previously unreleased alternate versions of The Smiths The Boy With the Thorn in His Side and Rubber Ring  were scheduled to be released on a new 7” single with this cover art featuring Salford actor Albert Finney. The single has finally had its release date announced for this year’s Record Store Day on April …

Post-Punk bassists Peter Hook and Andy Rourke talk Manchester, New Order, The Smiths, and more

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Two Post-Punk bassists have appeared in a recent Talkhouse podcast. Old friends and Fellow Mancunians Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order and Andy Rourke of The Smiths have a 25-minute conversation where the pair reminisce about how they met, along with their respective legal troubles with former bandmates and more. Peter Hook appears on the podcast in promotion of his recently …

Watch an assortment of documentaries on The Smiths

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Share Tweet Share Share Email Manchester heroes The Smiths were one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed post-punk bands, setting the template for indie-rock for decades to come. despite this—not unlike their local contemporaries Joy Division—the band had only been in existence for less than 5 years, disbanding before their final album Strangeways Here We Come could be released. …