Louder Than Bombs

Cover art
THE SMITHS Compilation Album
Name Louder Than Bombs
Release 30 March 1987
3 April 2012 (remaster)
Total Length 72:44
Recorded 1983-1986
Writer/composer Morrissey/Marr
Producer Morrissey
Johnny Marr
John Porter
Stephen Street
The Smiths
Roger Pusey
Art work Cover star: Shelagh Delaney by Arnold Newman, in The Saturday Evening Post (October 21, 1961)
Layout: Caryn Gough
Vinyl Etching No matrix message
Publisher Rough Trade Records (UK)
Sire Records (US)
Format(s) Vinyl, CD, Cassette, 180g Vinyl (remaster)
Chart position UK #38
US #62
Compilation Album chronology
The World Won't Listen
Louder Than Bombs


Louder Than Bombs is a compilation album by The Smiths, originally released in the US, then later in the same year in the UK.

It is similar in content to The World Won't Listen, containing singles, B-sides and session recordings.

The cover photograph is of Shelagh Delaney.

Track list

  1. Is It Really So Strange? (John Peel Session, 2 Dec 86) – 3:04 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Sheila Take A Bow – 2:41 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. Shoplifters Of The World Unite – 2:57 (Morrissey/Marr)
  4. Sweet And Tender Hooligan (John Peel Session, 2 Dec 86) – 3:35 (Morrissey/Marr)
  5. Half A Person – 3:36 (Morrissey/Marr)
  6. London – 2:07 (Morrissey/Marr)
  7. Panic – 2:20 (Morrissey/Marr)
  8. Girl Afraid – 2:48 (Morrissey/Marr)
  9. Shakespeare's Sister – 2:09 (Morrissey/Marr)
  10. William, It Was Really Nothing – 2:11 (Morrissey/Marr)
  11. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (US mix) – 3:23 (Morrissey/Marr)
  12. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now – 3:34 (Morrissey/Marr)
  13. Ask – 3:18 (Morrissey/Marr)
  14. Golden Lights – 3:27 (Twinkle)
  15. Oscillate Wildly – 3:27 (Morrissey/Marr)
  16. These Things Take Time – 2:23 (Morrissey/Marr)
  17. Rubber Ring – 3:48 (Morrissey/Marr)
  18. Back To The Old House – 3:05 (Morrissey/Marr)
  19. Hand In Glove (single version) – 3:13 (Morrissey/Marr)
  20. Stretch Out And Wait (original version) – 2:38 (Morrissey/Marr)
  21. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want – 1:52 (Morrissey/Marr)
  22. This Night Has Opened My Eyes (John Peel Session, 14 Sep 83) – 3:40 (Morrissey/Marr)
  23. Unloveable – 3:55 (Morrissey/Marr)
  24. Asleep – 4:11 (Morrissey/Marr)

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Discogs Information


  • Arranged By - British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Art Direction - Jo Slee
  • Bass Guitar, Cello - Andy Rourke
  • Drums - Mike Joyce
  • Guitar, Piano, Other [Vamp], Mandolin, Harmonica, Harmonium, Music By - Johnny Marr
  • Lacquer Cut By - Tim Young
  • Layout - Caryn Gough
  • Other [Cover Star] - Shelagh Delaney
  • Sleeve, Voice, Words By - Morrissey
  • Written-By - Johnny Marr
  • Written-By - Morrissey


- Released with brown inners and lyrics printed inside the gatefold sleeve. - 3 concentric MPO pressing rings on labels

The version pressed by CBS Pressing Plant, Aston Clinton is here: [r=22951361].

On rear cover: Recorded in England from April 1983 - November 1986. Cover star reprinted from The Saturday Evening Post © 1961 Curtis Publishing Co Made in England.

Runouts are etched, except the stamped TY1 and the last letter on each side


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Discogs information (additional release)


Recorded in England from April 1983 - November 1986. Tracks 1 & 4 were produced for The BBC Radio 1 John Peel Show, released by arrangement with BBC Enterprises Ltd ℗ 1987 BBC.

© 1984, 985, 1986, 1987 Warner Bros Music Ltd except track 14 © 1965 Carlin Music Corp ℗ 1987 Rough Trade Records Ltd

Made in England on rear tray inlay. Credit for Imp. Morault - Rouen on rear of the booklet.


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Discogs information (additional release)


Similar to this version: Louder Than Bombs, but with different black cassette shell.

Recorded in England from April 1983 - November 1986.

Tracks A9, B3, B7, & B8 produced by The Smiths.

Tracks A1 & A4 were produced for The BBC Radio 1 John Peel Show, released by arrangement with BBC Enterprises Ltd ℗ 1987 BBC.


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Discogs information (additional release)


Tracks A1 & A4 were produced for The BBC Radio 1 John Peel Show. All songs published by Morrissey/Marr Songs Ltd. PRS except track C3 published by Carbert Music Inc. BMI

All rts. on behalf of Morrissey/Marr Songs Ltd. for the World controlled by Warner Bros. Music Ltd. PRS. All rts. on behalf of Warner Bros. Music Ltd. for the Western Hemisphere adm. by Warner Tamberlane Pub. Corp. BMI

Recorded in England from April 1983-November 1986. Cover Star: Shelagh Delaney, reprinted from the Saturday Evening Post.

Lyrics and a b&w extended version of the cover photo are printed inside gatefold.

℗ & © 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd.

Made in the E.U.


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