On the 35th anniversary of its debut, drummer Mike Joyce stated that The Smiths’ final album was their favorite despite having a “strange-sounding” composition.
Months after the Manchester band split up amicably, Strangeways, Here We Come was released on September 28, 1987.
It eventually peaked at number two on the UK charts and became the band’s most popular album in the US.
Joyce stated that even though the band had broken up before the album was released, it had been “a terrific experience recording that album.”
One of the most significant and influential bands from Manchester is The Smiths, who have four studio albums to their credit.
Joyce, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke, and vocalist Morrissey have all enjoyed long-lasting recognition as a result of their global success during their five years of collaboration.
Early in 1987, the band Strangeways, Here We Come—whose name is derived from the Manchester prison—started recording the album, but before it could be published, Marr and Morrissey’s arguments caused the band to break up.
Despite what had occurred, it had been “quite comfortable for all of us in the studio,” Joyce told BBC North West Tonight.
He said, “Recording that album was a terrific experience.
He said that the collection was substantially different from the three that came before it and called it “a tale album.”
I just think it’s an odd-sounding CD,” he stated.
The album we ended up with, as opposed to individual songs, “pips it for me” in terms of the quality of the songs on the other albums.
He recalled how much of the material was created during the recording sessions.
It was written in the studio a lot, he admitted.
I am aware that Johnny had a tonne of ideas ready to go, but the album was composed in the recording studio.
He claimed that, upon reflection, he felt as though the album had only recently been completed.
Regarding the sounds, he commented, “It’s pretty timeless.”
“Really, you couldn’t put it in any decade.”
At the time, he acknowledged that it had seemed unusual to release an album after the band disbanded, but “the material had already been created.”
Every band must break up at some point, and he said, “What a way to go out.”
Joyce is giving away the silver disc he was given to signify the sale of 60,000 copies of the album in order to commemorate the anniversary and collect money for the neighborhood organization Back on Track.
Although this is mainly about raising money, he added he would prefer it to “go to a Smiths fan.”
He declared, “This organization actually saves lives.
It aids those who are seeking to emerge from that deep pit of hopelessness and reintegrate into society.
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