(Original post by glousck)
I will always hold a very special place in my music heart for The Smiths - my favourite band and I can't see any other artist ever topping them for me personally.
Apart from 1 awful song (Golden Lights, which both Marr and Morrissey admit to being their worst song) I absolutely love their entire back catalogue. For me, it's impossible to choose a favourite album let alone song :P I love Morrissey's voice - even without his incredible lyrics, sometimes even his moaning (e.g. consecutively for over 2 minutes on Barbarism Begins at Home) says a thousand words. I love Marr's unique jangly guitar sound that helped to inspire many great guitarists of the 90's and still to this day. The rythm section of Rourke and Joyce was also superb. The fact that they were the first ever band to have an album reach number 1 by promoting it in interviews and live shows alone (no marketing or advertising by the record company) is an incredible achievement. Despite the endless number of bands that have tried to be the new Smiths, there will never be another Smiths, they could only have happened when they did. I think when people first listen to the Smiths they might come to the assumption that they are depressing but for me there is nothing more uplifting than listening to songs where you feel like some-one else feels just as **** as you do in that moment. Also, there are some uplifting, jubilant or just fun songs - Hand In Glove, Handsome Devil, London, What Difference Does It Make, William, Panic, Bigmouth Strikes Again, The Queen Is Dead, Sweet and Tender Hooligan, What She Said, Barbarism Begins at Home, Shakespeare's Sister and This Charming Man are just a bunch off the top of my head.
Sorry, bit of a poorly written fangirl post but I just needed to get my love of the Smiths out there.