Mike Joyce (musician)

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Mike Joyce
Birth name Michael Adrian Paul Joyce
Born (1963-06-01) 1 June 1963 (age 51)
Origin Fallowfield, Manchester
Genres Alternative rock, indie pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1982-present
Associated acts The Smiths
Morrissey
Sinéad O'Connor
The Buzzcocks
Julian Cope
Public Image Limited
John Lydon
John Mcgeoch
Soul Diva
Aziz
Vinny Peculiar
AutoKat
Website mikejoyce.com
Notable instruments
Drums

Mike Joyce (born Michael Joyce, 1 June 1963) is an English drummer. He is best known as the drummer for The Smiths,[1] an English Rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Joyce. Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.[2] Q magazine's Simon Goddard argued in 2007 that The Smiths were "the one truly vital voice of the '80s", "the most influential British guitar group of the decade" and the "first indie outsiders to achieve mainstream success on their own terms".[3] The NME named the Smiths the "most influential artist ever" in a 2002 poll, even topping the Beatles.[4]

The Smiths had several singles reach the UK top twenty and all four of their albums reached the UK top five, including one which topped the charts. The band broke up in 1987 and have turned down several offers to reunite. The band's focus on a guitar, bass, and drum sound, and their fusion of 1960s rock and post-punk, were a repudiation of synthesiser-based contemporary dance pop – the style popular in the early 1980s.

He is married to Christina Riley – Joyce with who he has had three children; Faye, Olivia and Francis.

Life and career[edit]

Joyce was born in Manchester to Irish parents. Attended St Gregory's Grammar School, Manchester.

While The Smiths provided Joyce with his first taste of success, he had previously drummed for Manchester band The Hoax and Irish punks Victim. Joyce was a member of The Smiths throughout the band's existence (1982–1987).

Immediately after the break-up of the band, Joyce and Smiths bassist Andy Rourke played with Sinéad O'Connor. They, along with Craig Gannon, also provided the rhythm section for two singles by Smiths' singer Morrissey – "Interesting Drug" and "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" and their b-sides. Work with Suede, Buzzcocks, Public Image Limited, Julian Cope, P. P. Arnold and Pete Wylie followed throughout the 1990s.

Joyce, Rourke, and Gannon reunited to work on a project with fellow Manchester musician Aziz Ibrahim (formerly of The Stone Roses and Simply Red), ex-Oasis guitarist Bonehead (as Moondog One), and Vinny Peculiar.

In 1996, Joyce sued former Smiths' colleagues Johnny Marr and Morrissey for an equal share of performance and recording royalties. Joyce won the case and was awarded damages of around one million pounds from Morrissey and Marr.[5] He was not invited to the Manchester v Cancer benefit concert organised by Andy Rourke in January 2006 because of Johnny Marr's involvement in the event.

In July 2007, Joyce along with former bandmate Andy Rourke released Inside The Smiths, a DVD which chronicled their experiences of being in the band.

In October 2007, Joyce toured the UK playing drums for Vinny Peculiar with Bonehead on bass guitar, and in 2008 ran a successful night at The Brickhouse in Manchester called 'Alternative Therapy'.

In parallel to his music career, Joyce also works as a DJ and broadcaster, including occasional appearances on BBC 6 Music.

Discography[edit]

The Smiths[edit]

Morrissey[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: The Smiths". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Simon Reynolds, Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984 (London: Penguin, 2005), p. 392; and Stephen Thomas Erlewine, "The Smiths: Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  3. ^ Simon Goddard. "The Last Rites", Q. No. 250, May 2007.
  4. ^ "The Smiths: most influential artist ever—NME". Morrissey-Solo. 15 April 2002. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Morrissey's final appeal to overturn 1996 Mike Joyce verdict dismissed". Retrieved 13 November 2012. 

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