The Smiths get a Twitter account

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It'll be run by the label - will it be just marketing?

Warner Music have set up a new Twitter account for The Smiths, and got it verified.

The account has yet to Tweet, and seems most likely to be used to promote existing records, but the existence of a new Twitter account for the Morrissey fronted band almost 30 years after their demise in 1987 could be worth keeping an eye on.

The Smiths have never come particularly close to a reunion since their split, with Johnny Marr telling XFM in 2009: “I think we were offered 50 million dollars for three … possibly five shows.”

Rare tracks by the band appeared a few months ago on a fan site, including an early demo of ‘Never Had No One Ever’.

The songs appeared on the website Morrissey-solo.com. Among the collection were an early demo of ‘Never Had No One Ever’, from a 1986 recording session for ‘The Queen Is Dead’.

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Salford Gallery The Lowry revealed plans to celebrate thirty years of ‘The Queen Is Dead’ last week, displaying rare photographs and playing the band’s music as a backdrop to interviews with ordinary people named Smith.

‘The Queen Is Dead’ was released in June 1986, and features an image of The Smiths taken outside Salford Lads Club on the inside gatefold cover of the vinyl. While the album was recorded in Farnham in Surrey, Morrissey is known to be particularly fond of the Queen Is Dead image, and the Salford site remains something of a pilgrimage site for fans of the Mancunians.

Stephen Wright – who took the Lads Club image – is to hold an exhibition at the Lowry, featuring the famous image alongside some other ‘seldom seen’ images in a show that opens on April 9.
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