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Mike Joyce The Smiths on ‘Unusual’ ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’

Mike Joyce from The Smiths spoke about the band’s latest album, ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’, on the band’s 35th anniversary.

The fourth studio LP from the legendary Manchester quartet was released on September 28, 1987, a few months after the band split.

Speaking to BBC News to celebrate her birthday, Joyce said that recording that album was “a great experience”, adding that it differentiates it from the band’s previous records because it is “a story album ” it.

Joyce added: “I think it’s an unusual acoustic album. There are some great songs on the others, but this one strikes me as the best, in terms of what we had as an album and as a whole, rather than individual songs. .”

Recalling the recording process for the album, Joyce said, “A lot of it was written in the studio. I know Johnny had a lot of ideas, but it was an album that was written in the studio.”

Joyce went on to talk about how the album is “quite timeless in terms of sounds” and that it feels like it was recorded “five years ago”.

“Every band has to end at some point and some way out.”

Joyce is breaking her cash record to celebrate 60,000 sales of “Strangeways, Here We Come” to raise money for the charity Back On Track, which supports people who are homeless or have mental health problems.

Although she wants the record to “go to Smiths fans,” Joyce said that “ultimately it’s about fundraising.”

“This charity literally saves lives. It helps people who want to escape that deep pit of despair and get back into society.”

Earlier this year, Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr vowed not to work with his old band Morrissey again following the latest feud between the two musicians.

Speaking to BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright, Marr said there was “zero” chance of resuming a personal or professional relationship with Morrissey. He said the last time they spoke was “18 or maybe 15” years ago.

The latest conflict between the two began when Morrissey asked Marr to stop quoting while giving an interview, referring to an interview Marr gave to Uncut.

Morrissey published a long open letter asking Marr: “Could you please talk about your own career, your endless solo achievements, and your own music? If you can, could you please leave me out please?”

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