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“The Smiths’ most celebrated album, The Queen Is Dead, was recorded 20 years ago. Here, their celebrated guitarist reflects…”

“When Morrissey and I started The Smiths, we thought pop music was the most important thing in the world. It was almost a spiritual thing for us, and because of that, we knew what it meant to be a fan. Our relationship was very emotional, complex and deep. We were with each other constantly for five years.

We knew we had our best songs yet, but our way of writing had been the same as ever. “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”, “Frankly, Mr Shankly” and “I Know It’s Over” were done in one evening. “Cemetery Gates” I might have got the music for the night before.”

The Queen Is Dead — recorded 20 years ago