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Viva Hate

MorrisseyAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known primarily as Morrissey, is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the alternative rock band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the UK but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom on ten occasions. ... Read more in Amazon's Morrissey Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: March 22, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LDQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Alsatian Cousin
2. Little Man, What Now?
3. Everyday Is Like Sunday
4. Bengali In Platforms
5. Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together
6. Late Night, Maudlin Street
7. Suedehead
8. Break Up The Family
9. Hairdresser On Fire
10. The Ordinary Boys
11. I Don't Mind If You Forget Me
12. Dial-A-Cliche
13. Margaret On The Guillotine

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Certified gold by the RIAA. (11/93)

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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Viva Morrissey. October 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
"Viva Hate" isn't my favorite Morrissey solo album. There, I said it. I'm going against the grain of public opinion amongst Morrissey fans, but not without reason. Don't get me wrong, the album is an impressive solo debut (even more so considering that it was released within 6 months following "Strangeways, Here We Come," the final album of his former band the Smiths). But I just don't think it deserves to be on such a high pedestal. Producer Stephen Street replaces former Smith Johnny Marr as his music collaborator on "Viva Hate," and while Street doesn't match Marr's skills, he compliments Morrissey nicely on this disc. There's the lush orchestral arrangements on "Hairdresser on Fire," the gloomy "Everyday is Like Sunday," and the soaring "Angel, Angel Down We Go Together." Mozzer hasn't lost much of touch as a lyricist, either. He tells a tale of unrequited love in the excellent "Suedehead," addresses racism in the semi-controversial "Bengali in Platforms," and delivers a scathing commentary on Thatcherism in the chilling "Margaret on the Guillotine." As much as I like "Viva Hate," my personal favorite Morrissey albums are the tough-as-nails, glam-flavored "Your Arsenal" and "Vauxhall & I." Still this is a respectable and solid debut.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing and timeless June 23, 2005
By Yrk
Format:Audio CD
My favorite Morrissey record, although "You Are The Quarry" is superb as well. I have fond memories of listening to this album at my best friend's house in a small farming town in northern Utah while on a trampoline, surrounded by fall leaves and discovering that I was in love with a certain girl that lived down the street and around the corner (now my wife). That was over fifteen years ago. A little strange, yes, but that's the point. Nobody else would understand. This album is as charming and lovable as it was back then, and it will always be in my record collection.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Miguel
Format:Audio CD
Thus opens this, one of the finest examples of late 80s britpop ever to come out. Rash, straight-forward, poetic and cunning. Utterly devastating.
Morrissey took a big step by releasing this record, just a few months after the demise of The Smiths... obviously, the style is pretty much there and it evolved through the years with a lot of hits and a lot o misses, too.
The two pièces-de-resistance of this album are the very well known "Suedehead" and "Everyday is like Sunday", both perfectly ochestrated and composed brilliantly to an effect of pain in the right place... also there is the share of political controversy and even a couple of lame songs ("Margaret..." and "Dial a Cliché")... but the real centerpieces taht show the juxtaposition of Moz's vision, of the most tender and the most convulsedly gothic is present in "Alsatian Cousin" (a brutal and at the same time tender gay love story) and "Break up the family" , quite possibly the only hopeful song he has ever written.
In fact... a good, solid record you will spin, and spin and spin...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Solo Effort Far Exceeds Expectations December 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I can't understand those critics/reviewers who nitpick at the album's alleged shortcomings i.e. its supposed shallow lyrics and lack of melodies. Sixteen years of listening, I find the album holds up quite well. First Stephen Street, the producer, gives the album a bright, clean sound that was never matched on subsequent Morrissey efforts. Second, there are plenty of strong singles here, including Suedhead, Everday Is Like Sunday, and Bengali in Platforms. While some of the songs are too long like Margaret on the Guillotine, overall the songs are Morrissey at his pop music best, the songs full of melancholy, angst, irony, all packaged in a wall of guitar sound to soothe those of us who would surely miss the jangling aching guitar sound of Johnny Marr.

If you like the melancholy wall of guitar sound, you might also check out another album that came out two years later, "Cake," by the Trash Can Sinatras.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VIVA HATE : a good place to start May 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Morrissey's career thus far has been full of incredible highs and some rather confusing lows, but overall, he's proven himself to be a songwriter and lyricist of unique talent and an undefineable charm. this was his first album after The Smiths disbanded and it shows him in fine form. classic songs such as "Everyday Is Like Sunday", "Hairdresser On Fire" and the quintessential "Suedehead" are all career-defining moments and snapshots of genuine pop genius. elsewhere on the album, things get a little darker and moodier with the orchestral snippet of "Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together", the haunting ambience of "Late Night, Maudlin Street," and the scathing "Alsatian Cousin." Viva Hate may not be the most solid solo record from Morrissey, but it's a fine album and a bright start of more great things to come.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrissey's finest hour August 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Chris Heath, you are a dolt. You're probably the kind of guy that listens to Britney Spears at full volume in his New Beetle. Granted, Morrissey's a preening, self-indulgent, self-involved lout, but if that's what it takes to make music like this, then so be it. Maybe in your little Chrissy world the big blue sky's full of topiary clouds and fake-breasted pop starlets, but in THIS world, there's often an unspeakable darkness to contend with. No one gives voice to the sadness quite like Morrissey on 'Viva Hate', his familiarity with inner torture rendering my own quite livable by comparison. No, this isn't music for a Saturday afternoon barbecue, but when your crystalline head is full of bittersweet melancholia, there's no better companion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This CD
I had this way back in the days of cassette's and replaced it with cd after all these years. I like every song on this
Published 1 month ago by 1forestdweller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just the best!
Published 2 months ago by Francisco Arcos A.
4.0 out of 5 stars ah...takes me back 2 the summer of '92
Yeah, I know this came out like in '88, but, I was turned on to this in '92. I am not like a diehard Smiths/Morrisey fan but Suedehead is a timeless eighties song if there ever was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by robb sososikwitit
5.0 out of 5 stars By far MORRISSEYs best solo album
This album is the only great album Morrissey came out with post Smiths. It made you think that Morrissey would continue the magic of The Smiths even without Marr but, alas, he did... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Manzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Probably his best CD.
This CD contains a great list of songs for any Morrissey fan.
It brings back many memories from back in the day.
Published 6 months ago by DavyMac
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Morrissey!
As always (and forever)..I'm simply a fan of whatever Morrissey (and The Smiths) have done. It's great to have in my collection.
Published 8 months ago by Lainie Bianco
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
Morrissey's first solo album came out before I even knew the Smiths were no more, but that can be forgiven because I had just purchased "Strangeways" when it came out and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by dancinhomer
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, captivating piece!
One of my favorites, and all time classic. Really captures the rockabilly sound! A must have in your collection. Viva Hate, rock on!!
Published 17 months ago by P. Pantea
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Morrissey.
I really, really love Morrissey. I love Morrissey. I love Morrissey. I love Morrissey. I love Morrissey. I love Morrissey. I love Morrissey. I love Morrissey. I love Morrissey. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Vidalina P. Arthur-snead
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Moz albums ...
Every song on this album fits into my life somewhere and thats why we listen to morrissey in the first place ... moz knows how to make grown men cry ... Read more
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