These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Americans Hate Tingle: Though they had a substantial cult that continues to this day, The Smiths were never as huge in America as they were in their native England. The American underground was already preoccupied with another jangly guitar outfit.
Growing the Beard: Their self-titled debut was well-received but noted as poorly produced. Meat is Murder had better production but also more filler and narm. The Queen is Dead had both good production and a consistently good tracklisting, and as such is considered by many to be their best.
"Paint A Vulgar Picture" just gets funnier and funnier (or sadder and sadder) with every compilation.
Johnny Marr changed his name to avoid confusion with John Maher, the Buzzcocks drummer. Mike Joyce later became the drummer for the Buzzcocks.
Ho Yay: Plenty of lyrics reference or allude to gay issues, as well as Morrissey and Johnny's interactions during the band's tenure. (Moz being Ambiguously Gay didn't hurt.)
Magnum Opus Dissonance: Critics claim The Queen is Dead as the band's best album, but Morrissey and Marr prefer Strangeways, Here We Come.
Narm: "Meat Is Murder", especially those synthesized animal death sounds and the cheesy pitch-manipulated backing vocals.
Nightmare Fuel: The creepy laughter in the middle of "Suffer Little Children". The subject matter of the song doesn't help in the slightest.
Sophomore Slump: Meat Is Murder, which - despite containing two of their best known songs, "How Soon is Now?" and "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" and fan favorites "The Headmaster Ritual", "Barbarism Begins at Home" and "Nowhere Fast" - is still considered their least enjoyable record due to the amount of filler surrounding those five songs. Still an excellent album and critically acclaimed.