The Smiths discography

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The Smiths discography
A composite picture of two men. The left image is a head and shoulder photograph of a man wearing a suit and the right image is a head and shoulder photograph of a man wearing a leather jacket.
Morrissey (left) and Johnny Marr (right) post-The Smiths
Releases
Studio albums 4
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 10
EPs 1
Singles 20
Video albums 1
Music videos 14

The English alternative rock band The Smiths released four studio albums, one extended play (EP), one live album, ten compilation albums, twenty singles, one video album and fourteen music videos on the Rough Trade, Sire and WEA record labels. The band was formed in 1982 in Manchester by vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bass player Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.[1]

The Smiths's debut single was "Hand in Glove" (May 1983); it failed to chart. Its follow-up, "This Charming Man" (October 1983), met with critical approval and reached number twenty-five on the UK Singles Chart.[2] In 1984 the band reached number twelve in the UK with the single "What Difference Does It Make?" and went to number two on the UK Albums Chart with their debut album, The Smiths. Their next three singles all went into the top twenty of the charts in the UK, helping to consolidate their previous chart success. The next studio album, Meat Is Murder (1985), reached the top of the British charts; the only single to be released from the album, "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" (1985), failed to break into the UK Top 40. The Smiths' next six singles all went to higher than number thirty in the UK, and their third album, The Queen Is Dead (1986), climbed to number two in the UK.[3]

Despite The Smiths's chart success, Marr left the group in August 1987 because of a strained relationship with Morrissey.[4] Failing to find a replacement, The Smiths disbanded by the time of the release of their final studio album, Strangeways, Here We Come, in September that year. Strangeways, Here We Come climbed to number two in the UK and became the band's highest-charting release in the United States when it reached number fifty-five on the Billboard 200. In early 1992 WEA acquired the entire back catalogue of The Smiths and produced two compilations – Best... I and ...Best II – the first of which went to the top of the UK Albums Chart. WEA released two further singles compilations in 1995 and 2001, with a further compilation, The Sound of The Smiths, released in November 2008.[3]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[5]
US
[6]
AUS
[7]
CAN GER
[8]
NL
[9]
NZ
[10]
SWE
[11]
1984 The Smiths 2 150 77 65
[12]
28 9 44 UK: Gold[13]
1985 Meat Is Murder 1 110 58 40
[14]
45 39 13 27 UK: Gold[13]
1986 The Queen Is Dead 2 70 30 29
[15]
45 11 17 39 UK: Platinum[13]

US: Gold[16]

1987 Strangeways, Here We Come 2 55 28 27
[17]
33 20 14 13 UK: Gold[13]

US: Gold[16]

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[5]
US
[6]
AUS
[7]
CAN
[18]
GER
[8]
NL
[9]
NZ
[10]
SWE
[11]
1988 Rank 2 77 30 82 47 42 25 32 UK: Gold[13]

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[3]
US
[6]
AUS
[7]
CAN GER
[8]
IRE
[19]
NL
[9]
NZ
[10]
NOR
[20]
SWE
[11]
1984 Hatful of Hollow
  • Released: 12 November 1984
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
7 91
[21]
21 28 UK: Platinum[13]
1987 The World Won't Listen
  • Released: 23 February 1987
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
2 25 41 15 16 17 19 UK: Gold[13]
1987 Louder Than Bombs
  • Released: 30 March 1987
  • Labels: Rough Trade, Sire
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
38 62 29
[22]
UK: Gold[13]

US: Gold[16]

1992 Best... I
  • Released: 17 August 1992
  • Label: WEA
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
1 139 46 38
[23]
56 74 15 35 45 UK: Gold[13]
1992 ...Best II
  • Released: 2 November 1992
  • Label: WEA
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
29 UK: Gold[13]
1995 Singles
  • Released: 20 February 1995
  • Label: WEA
  • Format: CD
5 26 UK: Platinum[13]
2001 The Very Best of The Smiths
  • Released: 4 June 2001
  • Label: WEA
  • Format: CD
30 34 UK: Platinum[13]
2008 The Sound of The Smiths
  • Released: 10 November 2008
  • Label: WEA
  • Format: CD
21
[24]
98 28 UK: Platinum[13]
2008 The Smiths Singles Box
  • Released: 8 December 2008
  • Label: WEA
  • Formats: 12 × 7" vinyl, 12 × CD
2011 Complete
  • Released: 26 September 2011
    3 October 2011
  • Label: Rhino
  • Formats: 8 × CD, 8 × LP, 8 x CD + 8 x LP + 25 x 7" vinyl + DVD
63 75
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Year EP details Ref.
1984 GIV 1 [25]
[26]
1988 The Peel Sessions [5]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[27]
US Dance
[28]
IRE
[29]
AUS
[7]
1983 "Hand in Glove" 124 Non-album single
1983 "This Charming Man" 25 52 Non-album single
1984 "What Difference Does It Make?" 12 12 The Smiths
1984 "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" 10 11 Non-album single
1984 "William, It Was Really Nothing" 17 8 Non-album single
1985 "How Soon Is Now?" 24 36 5 Non-album single
1985 "Shakespeare's Sister" 26 11 Non-album single
1985 "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" 49 20 Meat Is Murder
1985 "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" 23 49 15 The Queen Is Dead
1986 "Bigmouth Strikes Again" 26 The Queen Is Dead
1986 "Panic" 11 7 Non-album single
1986 "Ask" 14 9 Non-album single
1987 "Shoplifters of the World Unite" 12 7 Non-album single
1987 "Sheila Take a Bow" 10 3 Non-album single
1987 "Girlfriend in a Coma" 13 12 Strangeways, Here We Come
1987 "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" 23 13 Strangeways, Here We Come
1987 "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" 30 17 Strangeways, Here We Come
1987 "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" 91 Strangeways, Here We Come
1992 "This Charming Man" 8 9 Best... I
1992 "How Soon Is Now?" 16 Best... I
1992 "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" 25 22 ...Best II
1995 "Ask" 62 Non-album single
1995 "Sweet and Tender Hooligan" Non-album single

Video albums[edit]

Year Album details Ref.
1992 The Complete Picture [31]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Notes Ref.
1985 "How Soon Is Now?" Paula Grief and Richard Levine [32]
1985 "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" Ken O'Neill [33]
1986 "The Queen Is Dead"/"Panic"/"There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" Derek Jarman A short film made for the 1986 Edinburgh Festival. [34]
1986 "Panic" Derek Jarman A promo video for the "Panic" single was made using a mixture of concert footage and footage from Jarman's film. [34]
1986 "Ask" Derek Jarman [34]
1986 "Shoplifters of the World Unite" Tamra Davis Combines footage of The Smiths on The Tube in April 1987 with footage from the film A Place In the Sun. [33]
1986 "Sheila Take a Bow" Tamra Davis [35]
1986 "Girlfriend in a Coma" Tim Broad [36]
1986 "Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before" Tim Broad Video produced for a single whose release was cancelled. [37]
1986 "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" Tim Broad Promo video released after The Smiths had split, which recycles footage from the "Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before" video. [38]
1988 "Ask" (live) Peter Fowler Promo video produced to promote the Rank live album. [39]
1992 "This Charming Man" Unknown Uses footage originally shot for the Tyne Tees Television show The Tube in 1983. [33]
1992 "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" Tim Broad Recycles footage from the "Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before" promo video. [40]

References[edit]

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  23. ^ "RPM100 Albums". RPM 56 (20). 14 November 1992. Retrieved 29 October 2008. 
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  25. ^ Rogan 1993, p. 307.
  26. ^ Goddard 2002, p. 129.
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  29. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irish Recorded Music Association. 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2008. 
  30. ^ Jones, Alan (21 November 2011). "Music Week – UK Singles Chart Analysis: Rihanna equals Adele record". Music Week. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  31. ^ Larkin 2011, p. 2964.
  32. ^ Bessman, Jim (31 May 1986). "Docu-Clips Show Avant-Garde Influence". Billboard 98 (22): 45. 
  33. ^ a b c Fletcher 2012, p. 461.
  34. ^ a b c Goddard 2009, p. 198.
  35. ^ Fletcher 2012, pp. 593–94.
  36. ^ Fletcher 2012, p. 623.
  37. ^ Zuberi 2001, p. 48.
  38. ^ Fletcher 2012, pp. 623–24.
  39. ^ Goddard 2009, p. 196.
  40. ^ Fletcher 2012, p. 465.

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