The Smiths – The Queen is Dead

      The Queen Is Dead is the third studio album by the English rock band The Smiths. It was released on 16 June 1986 in the United Kingdom by Rough Trade Records. The Smiths – The Queen is Dead spent twenty-two weeks on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at No. 2. The album cover, designed by Morrissey, features Alain Delon from the 1964 film L’Insoumis. In 2013 The Queen Is Dead was ranked the greatest record of all time on NME Greatest Albums of All Time list. “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side” was, according to Marr, “an effortless piece of music”, and was written on tour in the spring of 1985. The song’s lyrics refer allegorically to the band’s experience of the music industry that failed to appreciate it. In 2003, Morrissey named this as his favourite Smiths song. ‘ Stephen Thomas Erlewine’ 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. He also crafts some of his finest, most affecting songs, particularly in the wistful “The Boy With the Thorn in His Side” and the epic “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out,” two masterpieces that provide the foundation for a remarkable album. At Rolling Stone, Gavin Edwards gave a contemporary retrospective review to the album rating it a perfect five stars, writing that “he made one of the funniest rock albums ever”, and if even the queen was not pleased with the album “then she was the only one.

Morrissey – vocals
Johnny Marr – guitars, harmonium, synthesised string instruments and flute arrangements
Andy Rourke – bass
Mike Joyce – drums



The Smiths – The Queen is Dead Tracklist

  1. 00:00 – “The Queen is Dead”
  2. 06:24 -“Frankly, Mr. Shankly”
  3. 08:41 -“I Know It’s Over”
  4. 14:26 -“Never Had No One Ever”
  5. 18:04 -“Cemetry Gates”
  6. 20:46 -“Bigmouth Strikes Again”
  7. 23:58 -“The Boy with the Thorn in His Side”
  8. 27:22-“Vicar in a Tutu”
  9. 29:45 -“There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”
  10. 33:41-“Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others”

The Smiths - The Queen is Dead

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