The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey (vocals) and Johnny Marr (guitar), the band also included Andy Rourke (bass) and Mike Joyce (drums). Morrissey's lovelorn tales of alienation found an audience amongst youth culture bored by the ubiquitous synthesizer-pop bands of the early 1980s, while Marr's complex melodies helped return guitar-based music to popularity in Britain. Their albums include The Smiths, Meat is Murder, The Queen is Dead, and Strangeways Here We Come. Popular songs include This Charming Man, What Difference Does It Make?, Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, William It Was Really Nothing, How Soon is Now?, Shakespeare's Sister, That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore, The Boy with the Thorn in His Side, Bigmouth Strikes Again, Panic, Ask, Shoplifters of the World Unite, Sheila Take a Bow, Girlfriend in a Coma, I Started Something I Couldn't Finish, Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me, There is a Light That Never Goes Out.