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- Adorkable: Morrissey, especially with his Nerd Glasses.
- Americans Hate Tingle: Though they had a substantial cult that continues to this day, The Smiths were never as huge in America as they were in their native England. The American underground was already preoccupied with another jangly guitar outfit.
- Anvilicious: The title track from Meat Is Murder.
- Crowning Music of Awesome For critics, The Queen is Dead. For Morrissey and Marr, and a large percentage of the fan base, Strangeways, Here We Come.
- Epileptic Trees: Morrissey predicted the death of Princess Diana.
- Face of the Band: Shockingly enough, there were two other guys in the band besides Morrissey and Johnny Marr.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The Smiths are still the most popular band on the East Side of Los Angeles.
- Growing the Beard: The Queen is Dead.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: "Paint A Vulgar Picture" just gets funnier and funnier with every compilation.
- Narm: "Meat Is Murder", especially those synthesized animal death sounds and the cheesy pitch-manipulated backing vocals.
- Nightmare Fuel: The creepy laughter in the middle of "Suffer Little Children". The subject matter of the song doesn't help in the slightest.
- Sophomore Slump: Meat Is Murder, which - despite containing two of their best known songs, "How Soon is Now?" and "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" and fan favorites "The Headmaster Ritual", "Barbarism Begins at Home" and "Nowhere Fast" - is still considered their least enjoyable record due to the amount of filler surrounding those five songs. Still an excellent album and critically acclaimed.
- However, while the album filler is still enjoyable, the title track is absolute shit. The whole album is nearly ruined by that ridiculous ending.
- Unfortunate Implications: The repeated phrase "Hang the DJ" in "Panic".
- Wangst: While some of their songs are definitely angst-ridden, this has been seriously exaggerated by people who miss the humor in Moz's lyrics.
- Electronic (Johnny's next band) took some pot shots at this in their song "Getting Away With It".