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Meat Is Murder

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Singer Morrissey's brittle wit and guitarist Johnny Marr's incisive guitar helped make the Smiths create both an entranced cult following and pop music of the highest order. The U.S. edition of the band's second album includes the bonus single "How Soon Is Now?" and while it's a welcome addition, the rest of the tracks stand ably on their own. The militant vegetarianism is heavy-handed, but the sly humor of "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" and "I Want the One I Can't Have" present proof of the band's scope, as do the anthemic "The Headmaster Ritual" and "Rusholme Ruffians." --Rob O'Connor

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Headmaster Ritual
  2. Rusholme Ruffians
  3. I Want The One I Can't Have
  4. What She Said
  5. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
  6. How Soon Is Now?
  7. Nowhere Fast
  8. Well I Wonder
  9. Barbarism Begins At Home
  10. Meat Is Murder


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire Records
  • ASIN: B000002L7J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Not widely considered to be the band's best but it does contain their biggest hit, "How Soon Is Now?". MIM contains the perfect mix of Smiths' style songs including both fast and slow, fun and political. I remember back in the 80's when 'Spin Magazine' had "How Soon Is Now?" ranked as the best single of all time. I also remember thinking, "You know, that isn't even one of my favorite Smiths' songs." Actually not even my fave from this album. To me HSIN had great lyrics and a cool sound but was generally not very Smiths-like. The song lacked the rawness and edge of their other material due to its high-gloss production... precisely NOT the point of the band. Still it's a wonderful song with a catchy, highly original melody and Mozz' sharp wit.
I've always been partial to the underappreciated songs from this album. The haunting "Well I Wonder" is dreamy and melancholy declaring "This is the fierce last stand of all I am." "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" is simply brilliant as we watch the knife of past words turn sharply against the protagonist. "What She Said" speeds up the pace but remains downbeat lyrically with its angst and sarcastic humor; Marr delivers an understated but excellent performance. On "I Want the One I Can't Have" the singer laments his inability to hide his emotions or capture the subject of his desire. And in "Nowhere Fast" Morrissey questions whether he has the capacity to experience life or emotionally progress at all (hence the name).
The title track is often clasified as over-the-top and may be many people's least favorite from this collection of songs. I beg to differ. Morrissey is entitled to his opinion on us meateaters and I have no issue with that.
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i got turned on to these guys when i was living in baton rouge, louisiana, by a black woman who was really into alternative music. then i got my best bud to make me a tape of this album and strangeways, here we come. both are excellent records. this one i really like alot because you really see morrissey's sense of sarcasm and humor coming into bloom.i have never skipped a track since i've started listening to it. best songs are: " the headmaster's ritual," " i want the one i cant have," meat is murder " which is noteworthy because it takes on the subject of animal cruelty, and "how soon is now," which is the ultimate whipped puppy's anthem. such a shame morrissey and marr didn't get along. but the output they created was enough
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Meat is Murder was one of my first forays into indie music as a 15 year old kid in 1987 and what a great place to start. Full of painful angst and alienation, Morrissey really bears himself... his wretched life lives all over these songs. Maybe it's a little dramatic, but it never seems faked and it always sounds fantastic.
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I think this album is really really good. A lot of the songs say things which are in my humble opinion critically important to humanity.
The song Meat Is Murder is powerful and frightening but also heartfelt, so I don't see why it is "over-the-top". Whilst I do believe in freedom of choice, Morrissey's opinion is being put forward, I think, in the interests of reducing suffering. Just because it is difficult to listen to doesn't make it over-the-top IMO. I don't normally make bold statements or submit reviews, but this was important to me.
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My ears are not the most robust in quality, but I do not remember being as impressed with "The Headmaster's Ritual" as heard on the 2012 remastered edition as I was on the 2008 THE SOUND OF THE SMITHS compilation. This 2006 Japan mini-LP edition does sound more in line with the crisp jangle I enjoyed on THE SOUND OF THE SMITHS. I used to think "The Headmaster's Ritual" was a song I did not like when I'd first heard it on one of those on-demand streaming services (i.e.: Spotify, except I never use Spotify specifically and they are by far the first of its kind, btw...)
The other songs sound good too, duh, and "How Soon Is Now", although omitted from the list of tracks shown on the back cover (since the original UK LP did not have that song on it and The Smiths are a UK band...), the song IS included on here at its usual spot of track #6.
People that don't share my view don't seem to "get" it, but I cannot stand it when a band opens an album with a song that I find detestable. The decision to open the album with "The Headmaster's Ritual" confused the heck out of me, especially seeing that The Smiths are not some deliberately difficult to listen to band i.e.: Sonic Youth. It never occurred to me that it was just lousy sound quality taking away from the power of the song. Don't get me wrong, THR still is not my favorite song by The Smiths. My favorites by them are never on the "hits" CDs, "Well I Wonder" and "This Night Has Opened My Eyes" + "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle"...
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