Mike Joyce (musician)
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|Birth name||Michael Adrian Paul Joyce|
|Born||1 June 1963|
|Genres||Alternative rock, indie pop|
|Associated acts||The Smiths
Morrissey The Hoax
Public Image Limited
Mike Joyce (born Michael Joyce, 1 June 1963) is an English drummer. He is best known as the drummer for The Smiths. Parents emigrated from Ireland in the '40's. Dad is from Shrule, Co.Galway and Mam is from Portarlington.
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 Steven 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. 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'.
Alongside his popular radio show, Mike has been working in FM / Internet radio for the past 5 years, also his worldwide DJ career.
His show, ‘Alternative Therapy’ began broadcasting in 2006 on 96.2 The Revolution (along side Mani, Clint Boon and Martin Coogan).
The station was taken over by Steve Penk in 2008, Mike took his show to Manchester Radio Online, which achieved an audience of 5 figures. The success of Mike’s show caught the attention of Jon Tattersall, from The Official Charts Company (www.theofficialcharts.com), who asked him to present The Coalition Independent Chart Show. The chart featured bands Mike likes and has invited on for interviews / sessions.
After discussions, Mike decided to take the chart show to East Village Radio, New York's hippest station. Mike also guests on BBC 6 Music as their first stand in for Marc Riley, Radcliffe & Maconie and Guy Garvey.
The strength of Mike Joyce’s legendary ex-Smith’s status has attracted bands like The Drums, The XX, Noah and The Whale, Girls, Ian Brown and Delphic who have been in the studio for interviews and exclusive sessions.
Mike Joyce now has a monthly DJ residency on the first Thursday of every month at the intimate surroundings of The Drawing Room, West Didsbury, Manchester.
Stop. Look. Listen. features lost classics, new music and exclusive session tracks recorded for his show on East Village Radio ~ The Blueprint Sessions.
- Bona Drag (1990)
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: The Smiths". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
- "Morrissey's final appeal to overturn 1996 Mike Joyce verdict dismissed". Retrieved 13 November 2012.