Mike JoyceMike's first band was a punk outfit called The Hoax, they played a handful of gigs in and around Manchester in '79-'80 and released a 7"single "Only The Blind Can See In The Dark" and a 12" single “So What". Mike then went on to play with Irish band, "Victim" in '80-'81.
Mike joined The Smiths in 1982 and stayed with them until their demise in 1987.
Mike then toured the world with Sinead O'Connor with Andy Rourke on Bass. In late '88 and early '89 Mike played on two hit singles with Morrissey as a solo artist "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" and "Interesting Drug"
In 1990-1991 Mike toured the world and recorded a single with his punk heroes "Buzzcocks" 1992 saw Mike playing with another of his heroes, the mighty "Julian Cope"
A British and American tour with "Public Image Limited" followed in 1993, allowing Mike to meet and play with "John Lydon" and team up with ex-"Magazine"/"Souxsie And The Banshees" guitarist and all round good guy, "John McGeoch"
In 1995 Mike collaborated on a track with Soul Diva and beautiful person "P.P.Arnold"
1996 through to 1998 Mike played and recorded with Liverpool's Pete Wylie from "The Mighty Wah!" aka "Wah! Heat"
In 1998 Mike was invited by "Aziz" to play on his album with Andy Rourke. Mike is still playing with Aziz. Check out his website:www.aziz.co.ukfor up and coming gigs.
2001 saw Mike and Andy teaming up with Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs of Oasis fame in a band of his called "Moondog one"
In July 2007, Mike along with former band mate Andy Rourke released ‘Inside The Smiths’, a DVD which chronicled their experiences of being in the band. Both speak highly of both Morrissey and Marr in the film and convey how special they believed The Smiths were and still are to them.
In October 2007 Joyce toured the UK playing drums for Vinny Peculiar with Bonehead on bass guitar, and in 2008 was running a successful night at The Brickhouse in Manchester called 'Alternative Therapy', alongside his popular radio show
Mike has been working in FM/Internet radio broadcasting for the past 5 years, alongside his worldwide club djing career.
His show ‘Alternative Therapy’ began broadcasting in 2006 on 96.2 The Revolution (along side Mani, Clint Boon and Martin Coogan. The station was taken over by Steve Penk in 2008 and Mike took his show to Manchester Radio Online, which acheived an audience of 5 figures.
The success of Mike’s show caught the attention of Jon Tattersall from The Official Charts Company. (www.theofficialcharts.com), who approached him to present The Coalition Independent Chart Show.
The chart features a whole host of bands Mike likes and has invited on for interviews/sessions but there was a lack of facilities at MRO. Then he was offered the facility to record interviews and sessions at Blueprint Studio’s in Manchester. After discussions, Mike decided to take the chart show to East Village Radio, New York's hippest station. Mike also djs on BBC 6Music as their first stand in for Marc Riley, Radcliffe & Maconie and Guy GarveyThe strength ofMike Joyce’slegendary ex-Smith’sstatus has attracted bands likeThe Drums, The XX, Noah and The Whale, Girls, Ian Brown and Delphicwho have been in the studio forinterviews and exclusive sessions