The Smiths. I liked 'em when their first album came out, then decided they were lame. But all that was a long time ago. I've always been a fan of Johnny Marr.
Now revisiting The Smiths on a Friday afternoon. They are worth revisiting. Morrissey, the singer, has a talent for melody and phrasing. Decent lyricist, very emotional.
Johnny Marr, the guitarist, is one of the most innovative guitarists of the 80s and did great things with tone and layering.
The Smiths - This Charming Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGnjrTkv1gs
Listen to the first five seconds carefully to get a feel for Marr. I think this was their first single, and it's a good intro.
They were also really very strange at times. This song is really a masterpiece of guitar work, and showcases Morrissey's distinctive cadence. I have never understood what it's about, other than a general sense of being the "other," which is what a lot of their stuff is about.
The Smiths - Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A17Qj0D9 ... ure=fvwrel
"Bigger" is also a good place to start with the Smiths.
What do you think -- enduring, or musical footnote?