April 6, 2016


The Smiths Have an Official Twitter Account: Is a Reunion in the Works?

Pete Cronin/Redferns
Pete Cronin/Redferns

UPDATE (4/6): Contrary to popular (not to mention, hopeful) belief, The Smiths joining Twitter doesn't seem to mean they're reuniting. The band account tweeted for the first time Wednesday morning revealing that its purpose is solely for celebration, not new material. Boo.

Original Story (4/5): The Smiths, a band with members that famously hate each other, haven't played a live show since 1986. But that hasn't stopped the U.K. branch of Warner Music Group from opening a Twitter account for the band today (April 5), which for anyone familiar with their tumultuous history, should prompt many a few question marks. 

Such as this screaming question: Is the band, actually, really getting back together? 

Probably not. In 2012, Morrissey's publicist denied rumors that The Smiths were getting back together to headline the UK's Glastonbury Festival, saying that the band is "never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever going to reunite ever." (Think he made himself clear?).

If Morrissey's PR-man's finger-wagging is credible—and given the band's history it probably is—The Smiths' Twitter account is most likely there to promote the band's reissued records and sprawling back catalog. Or the account will issue some of Morrissey's poetic musings on life and, um, human anatomy. Or it's another Morrissey-Twitter-hoax. You can never have too many of those. 

The Smiths' verified Twitter account, which is still yet to issue any tweets or prickly missives from the band's iconic singer, exists here.