'Why pamper life's complexities?'
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Amid the ascent and ubiquity of dance music in the early 1990s, The Smiths-who had disbanded acrimoniously in 1987, appeared to have become deeply unfashionable. The fading reputation of The Smiths during the 1990s might, therefore, be attributed to the actions of fans and critics alike. The advent of the twenty-first century has signalled a remarkable reversal in the fortunes of The Smiths. The resurgence of guitar-based music, heralded by bands like The Strokes and The Libertines, has ensured that the Manchester group is now deeply fashionable, even more so perhaps than in their 1980s heyday. The increasing influence of The Smiths has stretched of course well beyond the parameters of popular music. When invited on the long-running BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs, David Cameron selected 'This Charming Man' as one of his indispensable recordings.

Why pamper life's complexities?

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