Rock fans have often defined themselves by which side of a popular debate they're on: The Beatles or The Stones? Blur or Oasis? The Smiths or The Cure? At least, that was the debate here in the U.S. But after reading Tony Fletcher's new book about the Smiths, A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths, it seems that in the UK, there was no contest between the two.
With their self-proclaimed, celibate lead-singer, Morrissey, and their evil genius of the guitar, Johnny Marr, The Smiths remain, 25 years after their breakup, one of the most popular and influential bands ever to hit the British scene. Fletcher joins us to discuss his 700-page take on group.