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Viva Hate

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Cover art
Centenary Edition cover
MORRISSEY Studio Album
Name 'Viva Hate'
Release 14 March 1988 (original UK release)
22 March 1988 (original US release)
24 March 1997 (Centenary Edition release)
02 April 2012 (Special Edition release)
Length 42:16 (original UK release)
46:07 (original US release)
69:22 (Centenary Edition)
40:53 (Special Edition)
Recorded Autumn-Winter 1987
Writer/composer Morrissey/Street
Producer Stephen Street
Art work Anton Corbijn (cover)
Steve Wright (back)
Publisher HMV Records (UK)
Sire Records (USA)
Parlophone Recrods (Centenary Edition)
EMI Records (Special Edition)
Format(s) Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #1
US #48
Studio Album chronology
'Viva Hate'
Kill Uncle


Viva Hate is Morrissey's debut solo album. Originally entitled Education in Reverse (some LPs in Australia and New Zealand were released with the original title), the album was released on 14 March 1988 by HMV Records a mere six months after The Smiths' final album, Strangeways, Here We Come. Produced and co-wrote by Stephen Street, the album yielded two Top 10 singles, "Suedehead" and "Everyday Is Like Sunday".

Track list

UK Vinyl

US Edition

Centenary Edition

EMI, in celebration of their 100th anniversary, released a special edition of Viva Hate in the UK in 1997. In addition to featuring brand new artwork, the Centenary Edition features 8 bonus tracks — only one of which was contemporaneous with the album. Surprisingly, "Hairdresser on Fire" does not appear on this version despite originally appearing on the North American version of the album as a bonus track.

Special Edition

On April 2nd, 2012, a newly remastered special edition of Viva Hate, supervised by Stephen Street, was released. Controversially, Morrissey chose to omit one of the album's original tracks, "The Ordinary Boys," and include the session demo "Treat Me Like a Human Being." In addition to the track list changes, the intro and extended fadeout of "Late Night, Maudlin Street" has been edited. The original album artwork was restored for this release, however, the typeface font on the front cover has been changed, as was the case with the 2011 Bona Drag remaster.


  • Morrissey - Vocals
  • Stephen Street - Bass guitar, guitars
  • Vini Reilly - Guitars, keyboard
  • Andrew Paresi - Drums
  • John Metcalfe - Viola
  • Fenella Barton - Violin
  • Mark Davies - Cello
  • Richard Koster - Violin
  • Robert Wollard - Cello
  • Rachel Maguire - Cello
  • Producer - Stephen Street
  • Assistant Engineer - Steve Williams
  • Art co-ordination - Jo Slee
  • Layout - Caryn Gough
  • Photography - Anton Corbijn
  • Photography - Steve Wright

Sleeve Artwork