1. THE SMITHS
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The 15 Greatest Manchester Bands Of All Time
15. 1. THE SMITHS
For a long time it looked like Stretford’s Steven Morrissey would make a living as a writer or poet, but pop stardom was always on the agenda and when he met young guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr, the stage was set for one of Britain’s greatest pop bands. Together with bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce, they created an idiosyncratic collection of music across four classic albums and over a dozen excellent singles. They split in 1987 and rumours of a reunion continue to circulate.