Editors’ Notes With their jangling guitars and arch lyrics, The Smiths defined the UK's indie sound for most of the ‘80s. The band's music was the product of two unique and inimitable talents. Johnny Marr's concision as a guitarist belied an encyclopedic knowledge of songcraft as he concocted some of the most memorable riffs of the decade. Morrissey proved to be one of the most witheringly funny lyricists in rock history, especially when he took aim at his own pretensions. Thanks to the devotion of their cult, The Smiths' immeasurable contributions to modern rock remain a subject of awe and inspiration.