There have been countless books and documentaries detailing the legendary Smiths – with each focusing either on the relationship between Morrissey and Marr, or solely on the reclusive singer himself.Inside The Smiths is different, as it tells The Smiths story from start to finish from the perspective of the often-sidelined rhythm section, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Here, for the first time, they describe with refreshing candour, their time in one of the most influential bands of all time.
The first thing that strikes you about these guys is how stripped of all ego they appear, often underplaying their own unique contributions to the band’s unique sound. Of course, there are plenty of mentions of Morrissey and Marr and their undoubted musical talents, but there is none of the gushing fanboy reverence found in other productions. These two men were there, through the highs and the lows, and they tell it exactly how it was.
Although clean for some time and still perfectly pleasant, Andy Rourke seems completely burnt out from his heroin addiction, while Mike Joyce appears to be a genuinely nice bloke – and a lot of the documentary’s lighter moments are down to his interviews.
The pride both men feel after being part of the group and the loyalty to their ex-bandmates is evident throughout, and even though not a single note of the band’s music is played on the soundtrack, this is an essential addition to any Smiths fan’s collection.
Buy it here boys and girls.