THE SMITHS Released Highly Praised ‘THE QUEEN IS DEAD’ Album 35 Years Ago Today

16 June 2021

Band: THE SMITHS (Manchester)
Active: 1982–1987 / 4 studio albums

Album: THE QUEEN IS DEAD – 4th LP
Released: 16 June 1986 – 35 years ago today

AllMusic/Stephen Thomas Erlewine: “‘Meat Is Murder’ may have been a holding pattern, but The Queen Is Dead is the Smiths’ great leap forward, taking the band to new musical and lyrical heights. Opening with the storming title track, The Queen Is Dead is a harder-rocking record than anything the Smiths had attempted before, but that’s only on a relative scale — although the backbeat is more pronounced, the group certainly doesn’t rock in a conventional sense… The rich musical bed provides Morrissey with the support for his finest set of lyrics. Shattering the myth that he is a self-pitying sap, Morrissey delivers a devastating set of clever, witty satires of British social mores, intellectualism, class, and even himself.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: I’m a Johnny Marr fan. Unique fabricator of sticky melodies and a great personality. I never was a big fan of Morrissey’s moaning voice and I’m definitely not a fan of his nationalistic quotes/thoughts/bullshit but regarding the album, I can’t but say that this was their best one.

Singles: The Boy with the Thorn in His Side / Bigmouth Strikes Again /
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out

– THE BOY WITH THE TORN IN HIS SIDE –

– BIGMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN –

– THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT –

Full album…

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THE SMITHS: All Albums

Happy Birthday To Legendary Smith… JOHNNY MARR

Memorable live performances…

To celebrate John Martin Maher aka Johnny Marr‘s 54 birthday – born 31 October 1963 – here’s a dazzling 2013 live version of HOW SOON IS NOW performed at the KRCW Studios in Los Angeles. The ex-Smith shows what a legendary guitar hero is all about…

JOHNNY MARR: Website – Facebook – Twitter


A year later ‘The Messenger’ played that same classic and several solo crackers in Belgium…