February 1985. The Smiths second album Meat is Murder is released on vinyl. The only album of The Smiths to reach No. 1 in the album charts. Not their best album and not Morrissey’s or Marr’s favourite either. If you had to rank the four albums would this really beat Strangeways? Queen is dead? I don’t think so. Not to detract from how good this album is though. It’s been ranked as number 295 on the Rolling Stones magazines Top 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. So why is this album so popular? It has to be its strong political themes. Touching on corporal punishment, vegetarianism, the monarchy and Thatcher’s administration. It was and is an album for the people by the people.
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.
1)Nowhere Fast 2)Well I Wonder 3)Barbarism Begins At Home 12) Meat Is Murder.
The cover art is a photograph of Marine Cpl. Michael Wynn in the Vietnam War. The original image though had the wording "Make War Not Love" which the band changed to "Meat Is Murder’.
There is no song like ‘Nowhere Fast’ to demonstrate the political charge of this album. Certainly there are lines in this song that almost make you believe Morrissey wants to ‘Axe The Monarchy’. “I’d like to drop my trousers to the Queen, Every sensible child will know what this means, The poor and the needy, Are selfish and greedy on her terms”. Moz is also clearly contemptuous of the common folk to some extent as seen early in the song “Each household appliance, Is like a new science in my town”. If he could have rallied a rebellion to the Queen’s doorstep, would he have done so? Hard to say, I think Moz just enjoyed flirting with idea of anarchy and in this instance the gun was pointed at an age old constant that always seem to look down on middle England, our England.
Swipe left to see “Nowhere Fast” from Madrid 1985.