Smith was a band in the late 60's/early 70's. Interestingly a precursor to this band was "The Smiths" which, you know, isn't the same as The Smiths you're thinking of. But they had had this interesting non-hit "Now I Taste the Tears" before they picked up their vocalist Gayle McCormick.
You know, one thing to hold against that sort of record-store hipsterism embodied by the "I knew that band back before they were well-known" attitude is that back in the day, knowing about music that wasn't on the radio was very expensive. Nowadays it's cheap, you can go through Spotify and Bandcamp all day long without shelling out money for singles and albums to listen to music.
But that weren't always the case. Indeed, the hipster attitude about pop music was essentially a class distinction: are you rich enough to buy a bunch of albums by groups you never heard of? Oh. Then you're cool. Do you only listen to music free on the radio? Oh, then you're not cool.