The Smirks was a British rock band that garnered some success in the 1970s. They played their first concerts in Manchester in late 1977, but by January 1978 they were spotted at the Stiff Records talent show. The band quickly picked up a management deal, and recorded a session for the John Peel programme in April 1978. By then, they had signed up to Beserkley Records, and before long they released their first single, "OK - UK" (often known by other names such as "O.K. U.K." and the like). Whether a U.