How Smiths' 'The Queen Is Dead' Married High Wit, Heavy Drama

The Eighties were a banner decade for British music, with one perma-classic after another – New Order's Technique, the Stone Roses' debut, the Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy, Echo and the Bunnymen's Ocean Rain – but the bellwether may have been the Smiths' The Queen is Dead, now marking its 30th anniversary. Rolling Stone

Morrissey live with the Smiths in Manchester on July 19th, 1986. Read why the band's hard-rocking, heavy-emoting 'The Queen Is Dead' sums up all their strengths. photo by Ian Tilton/Camera Press/Redux; via Rolling Stone

Morrissey live with the Smiths in Manchester on July 19th, 1986. Read why the band's hard-rocking, heavy-emoting 'The Queen Is Dead' sums up all their strengths. photo by Ian Tilton/Camera Press/Redux; via Rolling Stone