The Smiths

Festive British Twitter Lampoonery in #FutureJohnLewisAds

As has been the tradition for the last few years, the retail outlet John Lewis has released their annual advert for Christmas, and once again it’s a heartwarming tale of unexpected love set to the soundtrack of a downbeat and ...

Five Great British Songs That Offer Romantic Advice

Valentine’s Day is one of those events that serves to teach us all an important lesson, namely that no two romantic entanglements (or the lack thereof) are the same. It might seem like everyone is all hearts and flowers all day ...

Morrissey: “I Almost Died”

Back in March, the British indie star and purse-lipped grump Morrissey was hospitalised with an ulcer, Barrett’s oesophagus and double-pneumonia. At the time, his representatives were keen to play down the situation, claiming that ...

Listen: Super-Rare Rehearsal Recordings Of The Smiths

What with Morrissey incapacitated by pneumonia and Johnny Marr rampantly striding the world’s stages as a solo act, it’s the perfect time to take a look back at the very beginning of their respective careers, with this ...

For The Last Time, World, The Smiths Have Split Up

Internet, I love you, but you’re starting to become irritating on certain topics: The way you encourage people to talk to each other for the first time as if they’ve been bitter enemies for years, for example, or the way you ...

The Brit List: 10 Stinging British Insults

I should start with a confession. When compiling this list, I assumed it would be a gadabout stone-skim along the top of the English language, each new bounce a perfectly formed (but firmly NSFW) gem.

The Brit List: Five Great British Songs About The Queen

*rubs hands together* Oh this’ll be an easy one. There must be hundreds of songs devoted to Queen Elizabeth II, especially as she has been ruling monarch since 1953, during which time Britain became an international songwriting ...

Kate Bush Week: Five Great British Literary Songs

Writing songs is hard. You might have an astonishing melody over a brilliant chord sequence set to the best groove in the whole world, but if you can’t find the words to fit, you’re stumped.

’80s Music Week: Five Great British Mopers

You’d imagine creating a career in which people fawn at your feet, and your every thought can recorded and polished and translated into actual vinyl (or CD, depending which end of the decade we’re talking about), would be ...

News Roundup: More Details Of ‘Bond 23,’ Now Called ‘Skyfall’

Part of the fun with a new James Bond film is finding out who will be playing the lothario super-spy’s love interest, and for the 23rd Bond film, which has now officially been titled Skyfall, that honour goes to the relatively ...