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Fucking none. It's amazing.
(Mind Bomb era)
or to be more precise John McGeoch. Listen to the very end of "Spellbound", that's the birth of The Smiths right there (guitar).
Always thought there were some uncanny parallels...same era, both kinda subvert their nations musical traditions via their unique vocalists of ambiguous sexuality, both accessible and populist but strangely "other".
But yeah, the smiths are a special case in musical history. One of the best.
I genuinely was confused about this.
gently humming Happy Hour
WhiteLightWhiteCity already said there are none. End of thread.
him / her / MPBH wrong.
Get the fuck outta my thread
McCarhy, Red House Painters.
In the sense of 'sounding a bit like them'. No bands that sound a bit like The Smiths are anywhere near as good as them.
no one close to matching their aesthetic, in spite of being influenced by them.
Obviously none of them in the same league as The Smiths - noone is - but all clearly in debt to them.
that they were one of those very rare bands where you couldn't tell what records they'd been listening to.
A lot of bands have a Smiths-type song though, Interpol's Say Hello To The Angels and The Decemberists' The Sporting Life etc.
Only The Smiths managed to repeatedly pedal that one idea to boring teenagers though.
Don't know how I forgot about them. Probably the Smithsiest of all the post-Smiths bands.
Moz has even covered this one himself.
Pretty much The Smiths with a female singer.
Real Estate - only heard these for the first time a few weeks ago and was really struck y how much they sounded like the Smiths.
Saw them live a few weeks back and whilst I quite like their records, they were piss poor. Really don't get this comparison at all.
so I'd vote for them.
lots of those bands sound kinda smithsy
The jangle and the voice anyway.
albeit without a brilliant guitarist. But great songs in a variety of styles, recognizable voice of the lead singer and a bit weird image.
compare this (from The Smiths in 1985):
to this (from The Housemartins in 1986):