Bigmouth Strikes Again (single)

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THE SMITHS Single
Name Bigmouth Strikes Again
Release May 1986
Length 3:12 (Single version)
3:24 (Outtake)
Recorded Circa late 1985
Writer/composer Morrissey/Marr
Producer Morrissey & Johnny Marr
Stephen Street (Recording Engineer)
Art work Cover star: James Dean, photo by Nelva Jean Thomas (1948)
Vinyl Etching BEWARE THE WRATH TO COME (12" A-side)
TALENT BORROWS, GENIUS STEALS (12" B-side)
Publisher Rough Trade Records (UK)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl
Chart position UK #26
Single chronology
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Bigmouth Strikes Again
Panic

Information

Track list

7" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RT 192]

  1. Bigmouth Strikes Again – 3:12 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Money Changes Everything – 4:40 (Marr)

12" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RTT 192]

  1. Bigmouth Strikes Again – 3:12 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Money Changes Everything – 4:40 (Marr)
  3. Unloveable – 3:54 (Morrissey/Marr)

Lyrics

Sweetness, Sweetness, I was only joking when I said: "I'd like to smash every tooth in your head"

Sweetness, Sweetness, I was only joking when I said: "By rights you should be bludgeoned in your bed"

And now I know how Joan of Arc felt Now I know how Joan of Arc felt As the flames rose to her Roman nose And her Walkman started to melt

Bigmouth, bigmouth Bigmouth strikes again And I've got no right to take my place with the Human race

Bigmouth, bigmouth Bigmouth strikes again And I've got no right to take my place with the Human race

And now I know how Joan of Arc felt Now I know how Joan of Arc felt As the flames rose to her Roman nose And her hearing aid started to melt

Bigmouth, bigmouth Bigmouth strikes again And I've got no right to take my place with the Human race

Bigmouth, bigmouth Bigmouth strikes again And I've got no right to take my place with the Human race

Live History

Play count (The Smiths concert): 46

The Smiths live history:

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Play count (Morrissey concert): 31

Morrissey live history:

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Discogs Information

Credits

  • Bass - Andy Rourke
  • Drums - Mike Joyce
  • Engineer - Stephen Street
  • Guitar - Johnny Marr
  • Layout - Caryn Gough
  • Photography By [Cover Photograph Of James (Uncredited)] - Nelva Jean Thomas
  • Sleeve, Voice - Morrissey

Notes

Issued with purple or white inner-sleeve.

Recorded in London © 1986 Warner Bros. Music Ltd. Made in England Distributed by The Cartel Back of sleeve credits read: Cover photograph of James from the collection of David Loehr [Actually this is James Dean photographed in 1948 by Nelva Jean Thomas. Loehr supplied the photo.]

First copies come with a purple sticker on the front cover quoting 'plus Money changes everything and Unloveable RTT192'

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Back cover: Recorded in London Cover photograph of James [Dean] from the collection of David Loehr

Labels: © 1986 Made in England

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Wikipedia Information

"Bigmouth Strikes Again" is a 1986 song by the English rock band the Smiths from their third album The Queen Is Dead. Written by Johnny Marr and Morrissey, the song features self-deprecating lyrics that reflected Morrissey's frustrations with the music industry at the time. Musically, the song was inspired by the Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and centres around a guitar riff that Marr wrote during a 1985 soundcheck. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" was released as the lead single from the album, bypassing Rough Trade's preferred choice, "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out". The single reached number 26 in the UK Singles Chart and has since seen critical acclaim. The song was covered by Placebo in 1996.