Did you know…

…that the Smiths were not a real band, but a tongue-in-cheek side-project by Queen, in which each member took on a new identity to play in a ‘fake’ band. As with XTC’s alter-egos the Dukes of Stratosphear, the ‘made-up’ band threatened to overshadow the work of the real one, and so ‘The Smiths’ was knocked on the head after four surprisingly successful albums. The death of Freddie Mercury meant that the project seemed unlikely to ever be resurrected, although it is rumoured that ‘The Smiths’ may soon tour again with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company taking on the role of ‘Morrissey’. Brian May was unavailable for comment as he is currently on tour with Modest Mouse.

Same band.

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