21 Bands We Love Who Love The Smiths (And Morrissey)

February 20, 2014 by Philip Obenschain

21 Bands We Love Who Love The Smiths (And Morrissey)

The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

Anberlin - “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” [from The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead; 1986]

A bonus track from Anberlin’s 2007 special edition of Cities, the band’s stab at this Smiths classic is spot-on, mimicking every production detail and showcasing a Morrissey-esque inflection Stephen Christian rarely displays.

Citizen - “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” [from The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead; 1986]
Despite the fact that Citizen’s sound doesn’t suggest a strong Smiths’ influence, the emotional depth of the band’s 2012 acoustic cover of “There Is A Light…” is so perfectly simple, vulnerable and true to the original, that it’s clear the group harbor a sincere love for Moz and co.

Who played it better? Citizen or Anberlin?

Belle And Sebastian - “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” [from The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead; 1986]
Belle And Sebastian’s rendition of one of the Smiths’ most famous singles is a perfect example of how a band can apply their own style and sensibilities to a cover without uprooting the soul of what made the song work so well in the first place

J Mascis / Dinosaur Jr. - “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” [from the Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead; 1986]
A staple in both his solo sets and performances with his band, Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis’ cover of “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” practically gives the original a run for its money. Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr seems to agree, recently appearing alongside Dinosaur Jr. for a guest performance of the track.

Who played it better? J Mascis or Belle & Sebastian?

Placebo - “Bigmouth Strikes Again” [from The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead; 1986]

Though Placebo frontman Brian Molko’s singing style is incredibly distinctive, and a stark contrast to Morrissey’s, the alt-rockers pulled off a fairly faithful rendition of “Bigmouth Strikes Again” on their 2003 Covers album.

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