At least two important things happened in 1982. I graduated from high school, and some young musicians in Manchester, England, formed The Smiths.

The Smiths broke up about five years later, but by then the band’s profound impact on indie rock was already clear. Lead singer Morrissey has added to that vital legacy with his long solo career.


Ordinary Boys, which channels the sound and vibe of Morrissey and The Smiths, will perform on Dec. 1 at The Jinx. The tribute band was formed in 2010 by singer AJ Navarrete.

“We tried to do what Morrissey does with his band, where all of the guys in the band dress alike and then Morrissey dresses in a suit or in a completely different outfit than everybody else,” Navarrete told Do before the band’s spring show in Savannah. “Now it’s gotten to the point where everyone in the band takes their own individual style and runs with it.”

The Florida-based band takes its name from the song “The Ordinary Boys,” which appeared on Morrissey’s brilliant solo debut album “Viva Hate.”

Always unpredictable, Morrissey omitted “The Ordinary Boys” from a remastered edition of “Viva Hate” released in 2012.

For those of us of a certain age, The Smiths became part of the soundtrack of our lives, but I have to assume that the band’s provocative work will find new fans for decades to come.

Ordinary Boys tickets ($10) can be purchased via TicketFly. Doors open at 9 p.m.

You can read Joshua Peacock’s preview of the T. Hardy Morris show on Nov. 30 at El-Rocko Lounge elsewhere here in Do, but readers who want to support a good cause might want to show up extra early.


El-Rocko will host a special fundraiser for the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a $5 cover, drink specials, food from Sol Eir and music by the quartet Tocamos Mas.

Guests will then want to hang around for Morris, who always puts on a killer show.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged ( and hissing lawns ( Email