As well as producing some of the finest indie-rock of the 1980s, did you know Moz and co were a font of knowledge, too? Amongst the forefathers of the Madchester music scene, singing about comatose girlfriends, panic on the streets of Carlisle and just what a lovely thing death might be, The Smiths weren’t exactly the cheeriest bunch. But, with their music every bit as loved now as it was three decades ago, a peek into their songbook doesn’t just show doom and gloom but also great wisdom. Here, we look at the top 30 nuggets of knowledge from Manchester’s finest. (Images: Rex/AllStar)
The phenomenon known as Britpop took shape in 1993 after the success of Suede’s self-titled debut album. Twenty years later, we look back at the era’s best songs and speak with musicians who witnessed it firsthand.