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Ten acts that clearly worship the Smiths

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6. Belle & Sebastian At this point, it's safe to say that Glasgow's Belle & Sebastian are legends in their own right. The hazy days of the late '90s now seem like something you'd see on Game of Thrones. However, there was a time when B&S were new kids on the block, wearing their love of the Smiths on the sleeves of their cable-knit sweaters. "Seymour Stein" -- a scathing ode to the VP of Warner Bros. and the music industry as a whole -- features the lines, "I heard dinner went well/You liked Chris' jacket/It reminded you of Johnny/Before he went Electronic," referring to Johnny Marr's early-'90s collaboration with members of New Order and the Pet Shop Boys. Talk about damning with faint praise.

5. Low Low -- sad indie bastards from Minnesota -- took their admiration for the Smiths from the aural into the visual realm. In 2001, they recorded a cover of "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" and released it as a single packaged in a sleeve that mimicked Morrissey's trademark style: Take a still from an old, sad movie you like, put the band or song name in one corner and sit alone in your small apartment. The track list on the back cover even used the font from the Smiths' self-titled debut. It's Copperplate Gothic, if you must know.

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