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4. The Smiths

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The next group is a band that has been considered one of the most important groups of the 1980’s. Although, The Smiths were a far bigger deal in their native England than they were on the other side of the Atlantic; though finding many passionate fans of The Smiths in North America is far from difficult.

The backbone of The Smiths was the pairing of lead vocalist Morrissey whose haunting voice and eccentric lyrics combined with guitarist Johnny Marr’s complex melodies created a sound that took its listeners on an emotional journey.  Likely, this is why their fans were among the most loyal and passionate of the era. Historically speaking, The Smiths are credited with bridging synthesizer infused New Wave to the guitar driven music that was the staple of the British scene in the 90’s.  Though their run only spanned six years, their legacy will run infinitely longer. They have a solid shot an enshrinement considering that they never hit it big in the United States.

The Smiths (Tribute Site)



The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #9
    2011: #9
    2012: #9
    2013: #6
    2014: #4
    2015: #5
    2016: #5
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 2008
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Manchester, England)
  • Why they will get in: They are critically revered and the cited as influential by many successful artists.
  • Why they won't get in: Their greatest success did not occur in the States. Also the fact that Marr and Morrissey are not on speaking terms render any appearance for any possible induction unlikely.
  • Nominated in: 2015, 2016
  • Essential Albums: The Smiths (1984)
    Meat is Murder (1985)
    The Queen is Dead (1986)
    Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: This Charming Man (Single, 1983)
    William, it was Really Nothing (Single, 1984)
    Big Mouth Strikes Again (From The Queen is Dead, 1986)
    There is a Light That Never Goes Out (From The Queen is Dead, 1986)
    Shoplifters of the World Unite, (Single, 1987)

Should The Smiths be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 84.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.6%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 6.2%
Last modified on Saturday, 22 May 2021 17:25