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Viva Hate (1988)

Artist: Morrissey
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Format: CD
Sku: 60145799
UPC: 075992569927
UPC 14: 00075992569927
Release Date: 1/11/1989
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Song Listing

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

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Morrissey (vocals); Vini Reilly (guitar, keyboards); Stephen Street (guitar, bass); Fenella Barton, Richard Koster (violin); John Metcalfe (viola); Mark Davies, Robert Woollard, Rachel Maguire (cello); Andrew Paresi (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded at Wool Hall Studios, England in 1987.
Muze PNote One of pop's most eagerly awaited albums, VIVA HATE followed the demise of the Smiths with little delay. Produced and composed by Stephen Street (who also worked on the Smiths' last album), VIVA HATE was a sure-footed rebuttal to a world of critics who couldn't imagine Morrissey without guitar deity Johnny Marr. VIVA HATE contains far more sonic experimentation than most of the Smiths' work. Guitar duties are notably assumed by Durutti Column's sonic mastermind Vini Reilly, who fills the album with his trademark brand of expressive, intertwining lead lines.
Muze PNote VIVA HATE proved a victory of many sorts for Morrissey--the anthemic "Everyday Is Like Sunday" provided another hit song, as well as proving that his lyrical powers were far from ebbing. One real stunner, "Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together" is just vocal and strings; a suicide reference as gripping and dramatic as The Smiths' "Asleep," it is nothing short of transcendent. On tunes like the bizarre opener, "Alsatian Cousins," Reilly's guitars rage and storm like fiery ghosts, while on "Late Night, Maudlin Street," they provide echoing atmospherics, leaving the real storytelling to the album's star, who more than rises to the occasion.

Producer: Stephen Street

Artist Overview

The 1987 breakup of the Smiths saddened legions of fans, but it led to a fruitful solo career for lead singer and lyricist Morrissey. The Smiths were very much a singles band, and VIVA HATE, Morrissey's first record, continued in the Smiths vein with the gloriously sad singles "Suedehead" and "Every Day Is Like Sunday." As Morrissey soldiered on, he began to develop more of an individual style, although he never lost the elements of high drama and challenging pop that came together in the Smiths.

Associated Artists and Works

You Are the Quarry ~ Kelis

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : n/a
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1988
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 25699
Music Label Name Label : Reprise
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075992569927

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone - 3.5 Stars - Very good

Q (3/02, p.138)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...Contains his career-high singles, the fractious 'Suedehead' and steam-age melancholia of 'Everyday Is Like Sunday'..."

Q (Magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[N]o fiddling about can mask VIVA HATE's transitional quality, at times touched by rare grace..."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Vini Reilly's guitars are sublime -- and it's fascinating to hear Morrissey, still in his twenties, looking back on his pre-Smiths days..."

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