The Smiths are one of the most important and influential British bands of the 1980s. Their mix of punk, pop and rockabilly defined ‘indie music’, with the guitar and bass virtuosity of Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke respectively backing up the incredible voice and lyrics of Morrissey. They also had a fantastic drummer who more than held his own. Mike Joyce brought his love of punk to bear on The Smiths’ sound, developing with the others as they evolved on the road and in the studio over a hectic and prolific four years.
“It was a constant rollercoaster,” reveals Mike. “What’s the point of having time off when you’re doing something you’ve always wished you could do? It was pretty relentless all the time, but it wasn’t hard work.”
Mike talks about his style, influences and time in the band, plus his successful court case to get a fair share of the band’s royalties, in this month’s Rhythm.
Here’s Mike’s very funky drumming on ‘Barbarism Begins At Home’: