Mike Joyce (musician)

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Mike Joyce
Birth name Michael Adrian Paul Joyce
Born (1963-06-01) 1 June 1963 (age 50)
Origin Fallowfield, Manchester
Genres Alternative rock, indie pop
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 38
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]

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.

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.[2] 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. ^ "Morrissey's final appeal to overturn 1996 Mike Joyce verdict dismissed". Retrieved 13 November 2012. 

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