In a weird way, it was minor miracle that three of the 1980s jangly-guitar bands all started at around the same time on three entirely different continents. I’m talking of course, about The Smiths, R.E.M. and The Church.
If you’ll allow me to get theoretical for a moment (and tough if you won’t, cos I’m gonna), while all three bands were definitely musically related, they all took their influences into completely different directions. R.E.M. initially went the direction of folk-rock; The Smiths towards Brit-pop, while The Church – who had two great guitarists as opposed to one world-changing guitar player – went deep into psychedelia.