Eligible since: 2008 (The 2009 Induction Ceremony)
Previously Considered? Yes what's this?
Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2009 (ranked #87) .
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|This Charming Man (1983)||☆||♫||☊|
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|Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (1984)||☆||♫||☊|
|What Difference Does It Make? (1984)||☆||♫||☊|
|There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (1986)||☆||♫||☊|
|I Know It's Over (1986)||☆||♫||☊|
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I hope there's not a bias against bands that were not popular in the US. However, the Smiths were very important in Europe and elsewhere around the world. The Smiths most certainly belong with the strange mesh of Morrissey's excellent lyrics and the amazing melodies provided by Johnny Marr. If all of the members show for the ceremony, it will probably make a more awkward scene than Blondie last year, as all the lawsuits about percentages between Mike Joyce and the others. All in all, though, it would be a travesty if they did not get inducted.
Posted by Ryan on Sunday, 09.10.06 @ 18:27pm
The Smiths are, in my opinion, among rock's unsung heroes. They deserve way more recognition than they get.
Posted by Mike on Friday, 12.1.06 @ 13:37pm
The Smiths were regarded well critically and their influence can definitely be heard in any number of emo and indie bands out there. Both Morrissey and Marr are spoken in reverential terms by fans and critics. They had only respectable sales in America, however, and that might not be enough to get them in on the first try. They were largely a college radio act in America during their existence. They will have in their favor that several acts (U2, REM, Patti Smith) that were college radio acts for at the least the beginning of their careers will likely be in (U2 is there already). Don't know if they have enough clout with voters to get in on the first try, however.
Posted by TJWood59 on Wednesday, 12.20.06 @ 23:40pm
They're shoe-ins, don't worry. Put "How Soon Is Now" on the nominees disc and every ballot will have their box checked.
Posted by Casper on Wednesday, 01.10.07 @ 04:54am
The Smiths were titans. This year marks the 20th anniverary of their break up, and,if anything they've only grown in prominence, standing and influence among rock's cognesceti. And rightly so. Just like The Beatles, The Kinks and The Who, The Smiths were true British originals. And just like those three bands, The Smiths have influenced countless others. Like The Clash, The Smiths were around just five years and, like The Clash, their body of work is largely perfect. Out of their some 95 songs, The Smiths only delivered a handful of klunkers. Everything was very good; much of it was truly great. Their sound crossed a lot of categories; it's far too simplistic to say they were "emo" or "indie" originals. They were interesting. The lyrics were tragic-comic; the guitar always melodic. Not since Lennon/McCartney has a been operated as a singles band; no one commanded the 2:30 single like The Smiths. Pop. Orchestral pop. Hard-edged post-punk. "Psycodelia". The Smiths did it all, and brilliantly. Morrissey and Marr were a brilliant combination who were far better and -- again -- more interesting than other partnerhsips of their era, namely Bono and The Edge. They were far more witty, more melodic and, yes, better vocally. The Smiths belong in the pantheon of rock/pop acts. Ian Keller
Can anyone imagine the pandamonium created by a potential combination of Morrissey/Marr at the induction ceremony belting out "There is a Light that Never goes out"? It would be mystical....
Posted by Chris on Tuesday, 01.16.07 @ 18:40pm
in my opinion the smiths are an automatic inductee and i find it strange that it is even a question that needs to be pondered by anyone. i might be a bit biased, since they are hands down my favorite band, but seriously they were a brilliant band and they influenced generations of bands. just the thought of morrissey being on the same stage as mike joyce is too juicy. how awkward, if there is a god, it must happen!
Posted by bob c on Wednesday, 01.17.07 @ 13:21pm
smiths deserve anything this country has to offer in terms of recognition, awards, merits and what nots. As far as music world is concerned, smiths left an indelible mark on how to write lyrics, compose melodies and produce fan love in a way that nobody ever did in english music and in the world. Their body of work overshadows and is superior to almost any other band. what they have done is intrinsic, directly and inderectly, to any other english rock band, apart for electronic music.
Posted by stefano on Thursday, 01.18.07 @ 03:38am
the smiths should and must be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. their music is still felt in so many indie bands today ... most of which state themselves the inclusion of smiths influence into their music genre, so many popular bands to mention. morrissey, marr, rourke & joyce were the good smiths we constantly play on our mp3 players to date after 20 wholly years!!
Every teenager should be well-versed in The Smiths. They wrote your life before you could live it.
Posted by Kit on Friday, 01.26.07 @ 19:50pm
I'm sure Morrissey would consider it a great insult being invited to a "hall of fame"
Posted by Dave on Friday, 02.9.07 @ 07:34am
The smiths should get in but for us fans we could care less. Getting into the hall is like winning an oscar (who really cares?) They're one of the greatest bands ever with the greatest guitarist ever. The real question is: will they reunite and play together for the induction?! C'mon morrissey, C'mon Marr! You guys can do it!!!
Posted by Ryan on Monday, 02.19.07 @ 11:15am
The Smiths should be in. Innovation and Influence are two things that they shine with...
Posted by King Leer on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 14:58pm
THE SMITHS THE BEST OF THE BEST
Posted by KEN on Wednesday, 03.14.07 @ 08:14am
The Smiths should have already been inducted! They are an innovative and creative musical expirence that should not be overlooked. In addition, The Smiths were a fighting force in devloping and bringing indie rock to a broader audience. Marr's guitar parts are anything but dull. Joyce's drum lines are enticing compared to many modern drummers, Rouke's moving bass lines are purely intelluctal and Morrissey's vocals are unparralled. the Smiths are endeed worthy of enduction.
Posted by boysdontcry67 on Thursday, 03.22.07 @ 17:56pm
This is probably the only act eligible this year that will get in on the first go. Their innovation and influence are undeniable. Then only things that might work against them are:
Posted by NFB on Wednesday, 04.4.07 @ 10:17am
Truly , the only unique, never aging, sound that came from the nineteen hate-ees!
Posted by ruben on Thursday, 04.26.07 @ 22:42pm
There is not a snowballs chance in hell that they'll reform for this show. I would LOVE to see them reform and would personally go into massive debt just to see them play live again just once but its just not gonna happen. Joyce ruined everything.
Posted by Truculant on Saturday, 04.28.07 @ 15:57pm
The Smiths were a great band and should be in the hall. I do believe that they were very influential in rock music
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 05.6.07 @ 11:54am
The Smiths should be a lock. If innovation, influence and artistry are truly the backbone of the election process then there's really no way to keep them out.
Posted by Nicky on Thursday, 07.12.07 @ 09:49am
quite simply put this is one of the most infleuntial bands EVER.
Posted by liam on Friday, 08.31.07 @ 11:32am
list of artists influenced by the smith:
Posted by liam on Wednesday, 09.5.07 @ 13:23pm
It would boggle the mind if The Smiths didn't make it in. Take this from a guy who grew up on Mowtown and rap music.
Posted by Lance on Sunday, 09.9.07 @ 04:09am
Dude, nobody born in the US before 1960 cares about the Smiths. I should note that I don't think they deserve to get in - it would take me pages to explain why. Still, I think if they ever do get in it won't be for at least 7 or 8 years, or when the nominating commitee is comprised of people young enough to have felt their influence. Oh, and RUN-DMC are a lock - if not for 2008 then certainly by 2009 - no matter what this site predicts.
Posted by Ben on Tuesday, 09.11.07 @ 14:31pm
Ben, what the Fuck do you know about the Smiths?
Posted by liam on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 13:55pm
"Morissey always was a lively quote."
Posted by liam on Saturday, 09.22.07 @ 14:10pm
Born in 1958 and proudly proclaim myself a fan of the Smiths. I doubt if they will get voted in their first year, but they will get there. How great would it be if they get in the sametime as the NY Dolls, one of Morrissey's biggest influences.
Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 11.24.07 @ 18:33pm
Maybe Brandon Flowers can do some good for music (hint hint...)
Posted by liam on Sunday, 12.16.07 @ 07:28am
I think they are one of the more important bands out there that needs to be inducted mainly for their influence on rock music.
Posted by Matzo Ball on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 17:13pm
Absolutely no chance at first induction. If they were to be nominated, they would be giving us a foot-in-the-door to push the late 70s/all 80s alternative groups (I'm thinking of Joy Division, The Cure, Replacements, GoF, New Order etc.) into the Hall.
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 09:50am
If the Smiths don't get in... the RRHF should just shut down!!! It's bad enough, that The Cure, INXS and Joy Divison didn't get in, but if The Smiths get snubbed that would be the ULTIMATE travesty ever, by far the pioneers of brit rock and "modern" rock such a great influence!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Rickey on Saturday, 03.15.08 @ 08:35am
For my money, Joy Division is the true link between punk & new wave, which is pretty significant considering the popularity of both. They should go in first.
Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.15.08 @ 09:26am
The Smiths should be able to get in based on huge universal acclaim on their 4 albums and their influence on so many whos who of alternative bands
Posted by timmay on Saturday, 03.29.08 @ 21:17pm
Great Great band!! Stated by the fact that there are no unreleased Smiths songs.Everything they wrote was tremendous. Even tho only together 5 years their music just continues to sell. Morrissey and MArr are truly one of the greatest writing partnerships ever. They should be shoe-ins but with the Hall you never know....see the Replacements and the JAM.
Posted by Kevin on Tuesday, 04.1.08 @ 15:25pm
I said yes, although I'm unsure of it. Why? Because the RnRHoF are snobs.
Posted by aquadonia on Wednesday, 05.7.08 @ 03:21am
It just bloody annoys me how Madonna gets in there when she was nothing but a sexualised pop-diva but The Smiths can't get in. Morrissey wrote some of the greatest lyrics ever and they go so deep and Marr just wrote the most amazing and beautiful tunes of the eighties and yet they are brushed aside for Madonna. I can't imagine teen-age life without the Smiths and I am 15. The Smiths inlfuenced and were a spokesband for generations of people, losers, loners and the popular. What did Madonna do though, she taught girls to dress like sluts and now girls are often just stupid except for a few of course. Without the Smiths, Oasis, the Verve, Radiohead and The Killers would be non-existant. They have got my vote and have for ages.
Posted by steve on Friday, 05.16.08 @ 23:51pm
The Smiths have to be inducted. they are the most influential band to come out of the 80's. Their music has meaning and depth. They deserve it more than most of the band that have already been inducted.
Posted by Amanda on Tuesday, 05.27.08 @ 12:09pm
Their music has meaning and depth. - Amanda
Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 05.27.08 @ 15:17pm
I don't see any real argument for them being considered THE most influential '80s group. They're up there for sure, but the likes of R.E.M. and Husker Du pip them to the post.
Posted by Liam on Wednesday, 05.28.08 @ 04:52am
Quality alone should give them strong consideration. I would say Johnny Marr is clearly the best post-punk, non-virtuoso guitarist. The abusrdity of Morrisey's lyrics combined with Marr's beautiful song structures is something we've never heard before or since.
Posted by Stephen C. Salinas on Saturday, 06.28.08 @ 23:35pm
If you're a true Smiths fan you wouldn't want them in the hall anyways
Posted by Mr. Shankly on Thursday, 07.24.08 @ 11:36am
The smiths, despite being not hard rock or "heavy", have even influenced heavy metal bands for gods sakes. Phil Anselmo of Pantera plus System of a Down have both mentioned The Smiths as a major influence. How a british alternative 80's band influenced 2 heavy metal bands, hmmm... GREAT MUSIC and GREAT INFLUENCE!
Posted by smithsfan on Saturday, 08.9.08 @ 09:18am
Can't argue with The Smiths
Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 08.9.08 @ 10:23am
If the HoF has the slightest sense of realism, they should at least be nominated this year, but no, Bon Jovi are more important...
Posted by denyo on Wednesday, 08.27.08 @ 15:33pm
The Hall of Fame are just a bunch of people from the United States of America, do you actually think they are capable of making decisions and ending up with good choices. Reasons why the Smiths should be inducted, hmmm...? Maybe because they are the only band with a close to perfect repetoire and they have one of the greatest lyricists of all time, maybe because they have one of the greatest guitarists of all time and maybe because when those two got together they wrote some of the greatest songs of all time. All fact not fiction by the way. Maybe because even though they are an English Indie band, they somehow still managed to influence Pantera and System of a Down, two heavy metal bands. They also influenced The Killers, No Doubt and Blink 182. Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, The Verve, Oasis... For gods sakes Marrs music is way more complex and articulated than anything McCartney and Lennon wrote, fact not fiction. They are also one of the most innovative bands with "How Soon is Now?" Fact not Fiction.
Posted by anothersmithsfan on Tuesday, 10.21.08 @ 17:33pm
Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 10.21.08 @ 20:41pm
anothersmithsfan...no fact, just opinion (and not one shared by most).How is "How Soon Is Now" so innovative? Ever listen to "Crimson & Clover"...recorded about 25 years earlier?
Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 10.21.08 @ 21:03pm
(First, if all The Smiths did was pave the way for Emo, they should be cast into the fires of hell. Fortunately this isn't the case. Despite Emo bands voicing approval of them and writing occasionally..."witty"...lyrics, it isn't a by-product of The Smiths.)
Posted by Jonas on Tuesday, 12.16.08 @ 03:29am
Hey Gitarzan, that "Crimson and Clover" is a pretty good song but "How Soon Is Now" is totally different because not even Marr himself has been able to re-duplicate what he did on "How Soon Is Now", whereas in "Crimson and Clover" all they have done is used an effect pedal with basic chords. The whole "How Soon Is Now" song is very unique, not just the constant chord that is played, and the melody is original. Ahhh mrxyz, what are you talking about? How has George Martin or John Poter got anything to do with this? I didn't even mention them. Seriously what are you on about?
Posted by someone on Thursday, 01.8.09 @ 00:18am
The rock and roll hall of fame is an institution. 'You've earned your right to enter this club'. You have to have been very famous and have sold lots of records. It is not about music itself it is for fame and mainstream conformism. I would hate to see the Smiths accept inclusion into the hall of 'fame'. What is the point of this club? as though you know that you have finally made it because you can now mingle equally among the likes of bono?
Posted by Patrick on Sunday, 02.1.09 @ 18:20pm
"You have to have been very famous and have sold lots of records. It is not about music itself it is for fame and mainstream conformism."
Posted by The_Claw on Monday, 02.2.09 @ 03:45am
Another example of the Hall bias against the most influential British bands. If the Smiths and Roxy Music can't get in - what is the use of the American Rockhall?
Posted by M Rourke on Sunday, 05.3.09 @ 21:04pm
How is the Hall prejudiced against British Bands when they have inducted more than half of the whole British Invasion. I agree with you that Roxy Music, The Smiths and several other Brit bands need to receive their just due with the Hall a/s/a/p. But so do many other bands from America as well.
Posted by Dameon on Monday, 05.4.09 @ 09:32am
It pisses me off how the Rock Hall bases their winners on album sales at all. Any respectable rock star knows that it is about the music.
Posted by someone on Tuesday, 09.15.09 @ 03:20am
Greatest band of the last 30 years! Morrissey = genius!
Posted by Steven Patrick on Wednesday, 10.28.09 @ 15:28pm
The Smiths seem to be a slam dunk. They were original and left fans wanting more. The music hasn't become dated. It will be more interesting to see if Morrissey will be inducted as a solo artist.
Posted by Now is Now on Wednesday, 12.16.09 @ 11:58am
Absolutely. I'm not that big a fan, but if there's any doubt in your mind watch Episode 7 of the BBC's Seven Ages of Rock (the British Indie section.) They defined indie by being allowed to work without interference. They decided what artwork would be used, they decided what songs would be the singles. The Madchester scene probably wouldn't have existed without the groundwork the Smiths laid, and Noel Gallagher has said without The Stone Roses (leaders of Madchester) there wouldn't have been Oasis. It may take a while but they will get in; they are, in fact, critically acclaimed in the U.S. as well.
Posted by Sam on Friday, 02.5.10 @ 17:01pm
Morrissey's lyrics alone make them deserve the honor.
Posted by Matt Love on Monday, 03.22.10 @ 18:46pm
The Smiths are the only band that matters. They have 1 not so good song out of their whole playlist..and its not even their own song, its a cover! Every single song is witty and beautiful, not to mention they had the most talented and musically gifted band backing the greatest lyricist ever. They were able to be one of the most influential bands without ever becoming sell outs and in such a short time. They are absolutely timeless. Now..if they would ever be in the same room with each other again..yeah its doubtful.
Posted by Kelly on Thursday, 04.29.10 @ 10:13am
I'm a bit worried. Two years without even being considered. If they go without being nominated this year I'll be confused. If they're not even considered this year then... I guess I'll be angry.
Posted by Sam on Thursday, 04.29.10 @ 18:55pm
The Smiths aren't my favorite band (Oasis are), so I'm not biased. However,the Smiths are within my top 5 favorite bands, easily.
Posted by Joe the Plumber on Sunday, 07.18.10 @ 23:00pm
I'm actually not that fond of The Smiths. I recognize they're good at what they do, but Morrissey just goes over my head a lot of times (I wasn't around back then and I'm from a different bit of the UK.) Like Joe there, I like Oasis. Having said that, there probably wouldn't be an Oasis without The Smiths, who are undeniably one of the most influential bands of the last 30 years. Perhaps they'll be inducted this year (I hope so, because The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays stand no chance.) Many of The Smiths' contemporaries deserve induction as well, Joe the Plumber: New Order, Joy Division, The Cure, Gang of Four... that's just for starters. Inexcusable snubs, and at least two of them should've been inducted by now. Check out those bands if you're not familiar with them (and I'd put The Smiths either last or fourth in line as far as being in conversation with those bands.)
Posted by Sam on Monday, 07.19.10 @ 20:36pm
I simply cannot stand Morrissey as an individual but i have to admit that Johnny Marr is one hell of a guitarist. The Smiths deserve a nod based on his fine work alone. Also the fact that they stopped while they were ahead, there is something about a band that knows when to call it quits and not fall into mediocrity 10 years or so down the line (U2, REM, Cure). As for whether or not they will be inducted, its hard to say but i do agree that their lack of big chart success in the US may hurt their chances, also i'm not sure if people will agree (and if you dont, please dont go apeshit on me) but like Blur, maybe they were a bit too British sounding?
Posted by Paul on Thursday, 11.11.10 @ 19:38pm
"but like Blur, maybe they were a bit too British sounding?"
Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 11.16.10 @ 06:46am
The Smiths were as important a voice to young people of the 80's as The Stones, Beatles or Kinks were in the 60's and 70's. The Marr and Morrissey duo should be remembered as one of rock n roll's best singer/songwriter partnerships and the combination of Morrissey's on stage charisma and Marr's guitar genius can't be denied. Clearly the best testiment to their importance though is the fact that both are still an influence to new songwriters/musicians and both still make contributions to the industry through solo work or band membership. They deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.
Posted by hopkins on Monday, 01.10.11 @ 12:58pm
LOL now that is to funny,,What planet are you on? Also check your orbit.. George Martin.. is light years in front of the Smiths.They are good but please, please GET REAL.!!!!!! John Poter or any of the Smiths are no George Martin..
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 03.27.11 @ 07:31am
Yes! I could have not said it any better hopkins!
Posted by Brian on Saturday, 04.2.11 @ 01:38am
The only thing to be said to these idiots who choose the inductees is,
Posted by Hania on Wednesday, 04.27.11 @ 08:11am
They wrote "I know it's over"
Posted by mikhail on Saturday, 07.7.12 @ 20:03pm
The Smiths not being already in is kinda disgusting.
Posted by GFW on Monday, 07.29.13 @ 15:16pm
There's a pattern here: The Smiths, Joy Division, The Cure... C'mon! They ae MAJOR ROCK INFLENCES AND INNOVATORS! AND GREAT MUSICIANS!
Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 22:43pm
The Smiths are at the top of the list (#1) on the FUTURE ROCK LEGENDS site, but are near the bottom (#12). If all you Smiths fans want to see the band inducted, you better place your votes there instead of here! Here, the list doesn't matter.
Posted by Barry on Monday, 11.24.14 @ 10:27am
The Smith's NOT inducted?...! This is beyond criminal. Perhaps a REAl RRHOF needs to be established, and we can leave the Lawrence Welk gang behind
Posted by tgreen on Tuesday, 12.22.15 @ 15:09pm
I want to see them in, too. Posts like this do nothing to help the cause, though.
Posted by DarinRG on Tuesday, 12.22.15 @ 18:32pm
There appears to be a lot of bias in the selections over the years. Red Flag 1# Chic being nominated. Flag 2# Run DMC, ect.....
Posted by One Trick Pony on Monday, 01.4.16 @ 19:26pm
Yeah, let's not drag the Smiths, Joy Division and Kraftwerk into a lowbrow rockist argument.
Posted by DarinRG on Monday, 01.4.16 @ 19:44pm
I had no idea until tonight that Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr playing together live is a thing. Seems that it's been happening for a few years now.
Posted by DarinRG on Tuesday, 05.17.16 @ 05:03am
This just in, the Smiths are (were) a fantastic band. Hall or no hall, they made some of the best and original music of all-time.
Posted by Classic Rock on Friday, 09.16.16 @ 23:09pm
Absolutely - best band of the '80s!!
Posted by Tim on Saturday, 01.21.17 @ 11:56am
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