The Smiths were the ultimate British indie rock band of the 1980s, marking the end of synth-driven new wave and the beginning of the guitar rock that dominated English rock into the 1990s. Sonically, the group was indebted to the British Invasion, crafting ringing, melodic three minute pop singles, even for their album tracks. However, their scope was far broader than that of a revivalist band. The group’s core members, vocalist Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, were obsessive rock fans inspired by the DIY ethics of punk but they also had a fondness for girl groups, pop and rockabilly. Morrissey and Marr also represented one of the strangest teams of collaborators in rock history. Marr was the rock traditionalist, looking like an elegant version of Keith Richards during the Smiths’ heyday and meticulously layering his guitar tracks in the studio. Morrissey, on the other hand, broke from rock tradition by singing in a keening, self-absorbed croon, embracing the forlorn, romantic poetry of Oscar Wilde, publicly declaring his celibacy and making no secret of his disgust for most of his peers. While it eventually led to the Smiths’ early demise, the friction between Morrissey and Marr resulted in a flurry of singles and albums over the course of three years that provided the blueprint for British guitar rock in the following decade.
Lissome Art Studio are proud to introduce a range of stylish limited edition art prints dedicated to The Smiths. Each typography poster is individually signed and numbered featuring song titles and lyrics from The Smiths albums and most notable recordings.