There are several bands with this name. The UK group The Smoke consisted of Mick Rowley on vocals, Mal Luker on guitar, Zeke Lund on bass and Geoff Gill on drums. They released a handful of singles from 1967 - 1970, with their biggest hit 'My Friend Jack' reaching no. 2 in Germany and no. 45 in the UK. See The Smoke (UK). However the singles 'Sweet Spanish' and 'Defeat Retreat' are by the Australian band The Smoke, taken from the 2009 album 'Blood Orange'. See: The Smoke (Oz)
The Playground is what For Our Hero was formerly called before getting more members. They have several videos on YouTube, of songs they never released, and performances on Australian TV shows and Syn Radio.
The Playground on Last.fm.
The Oracle is a narrative, epic, progressive atmospheric metal band with black/ambient undertones, from Georgetown, Ontario. Formed in early 2006, as a Progressive rock/metal outfit, the Oracle has evolved and explored many genres through its brief career, ranging from progressive, expressionist, neo-romantic, ambient and electronic soundscapes to brutal death and black metal atmospheres. The full-length conceptual album, Tragedy in Twilight: The Apotheosis of the Mad, was fully recorded at Limehouse Sound Studios.
Faris Badwan, frontman for UK indie rockers The Horrors, has a new project: Cat's Eyes, a duo with the Canadian opera soprano and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira. The group specializes in a glassy, symphonic take on girl-group pop, and they played their first show in December in a pretty unusual place: St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, during an afternoon mass "attended by seven high-ranking cardinals," according to a press release. Webpage: http://www.catseyesmusic.com/