Mike Joyce, born 1 June 1963 in Fallowfield Manchester, was The drummer drummer for the duration of the all too short-lived band The Smiths (1982–1987).
Based on the song writing partnership of Morrissey and Johnny Marr the band also included Andy Rourke on bass. The classic British band released four studio albums, several compilations, and numerous singles which were not attached to studio albums.
Since the split there have been bitter legal wranglings over royalties payments which in 1989 culminated with Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke suing former Smiths' colleagues Johnny Marr and Steven Morrissey for an equal share of performance and recording royalties. Joyce won the case being paid £1 million from Morrissey and Marr.
Immediately after the break-up of the band, Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke played with Sinéad O'Connor. They, along with Craig Gannon, also provided the rhythm section for two singles by Smiths' singer Morrissey – "Interesting Drug" and "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" and their b-sides. Work with Suede, Buzzcocks, Public Image Limited, Julian Cope, P. P. Arnold and Pete Wylie followed.
Joyce, Rourke, and Gannon reunited to work on a project with fellow Manchester musician Aziz Ibrahim (The Stone Roses), ex-Oasis guitarist Bonehead (as Moondog One), and Vinny Peculiar.
Joyce has been working in FM/Internet radio broadcasting for the past 7 years with his ‘Alternative Therapy’ show alongside his worldwide club djing career.
Music-News.com was lucky enough to grab some time with the lovely chap just prior to his DJ slot at Proud in Camden for ‘Panic! A Live Homage to The Smiths’ along with All Night Long Promotions to talk reunion rumours, birthdays and life after The Smiths.