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Revision as of 01:42, 5 May 2012

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)
Vinyl Etching EDUCATION IN REVERSE
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
Singles
Suedehead.jpgMorrissey-everyday-is-like-sunday.jpg

Information

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".

Recording

Following the departure of Johnny Marr from The Smiths in 1987, Morrissey attempted to carry on with the band. Recruiting Easterhouse guitarist Ivor Perry, the remaining Smiths recorded a handful of tracks at London's Power Plant studios that July. Displeased with the results, the sessions were soon abandoned. As chance would have it, producer Stephen Street had sent Morrissey potential B-sides that he had composed for inclusion on future Smiths singles. With Marr disputing the rights to the Smiths name and still required to fulfill his contract with EMI, Morrissey embarked on his career as a solo artist.

Initially, Smiths members Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke were invited to join the Education In Reverse (the album's original proposed title) sessions, but due issues stemming from the earlier July sessions they chose not to participate. Street recruited Durutti Column guitarist Vini Reilly and session drummer Andrew Paresi to back Morrissey, with Street himself taking over bass duties. Recording for Viva Hate commenced at The Wool Hall studios in Bath, England in early October and would last until late December. During the sessions, 25 tracks were recorded, a portion of which would go without an official release for over two decades.

EMI executives stopped by the studio to check up on the recording progress, to which Street played them a rough mix of the album's first single "Suedehead". The executives responded positively which, according to Street, gave he and Morrissey a better sense of freedom with the album and the confidence that they were heading in the right direction.

Release

Controversy

During the Viva Hate sessions, tensions started to arise between Street and Reilly, when the latter started ad-libbing guitar parts after complaining that Street's compositions were "too simple." Later, Reilly would go on to claim that he himself composed all the music to Viva Hate and that he played all the orchestral arrangements on a keyboard as opposed to the credited musicians. Street continues to dispute these claims and as proof of his authorship later released the Viva Hate Song Book on his official website containing his correspondence with Morrissey and the original handwritten compositions.

Track list

UK CD Edition

  1. Alsatian Cousin – 3:13 (Morrissey/Street)
  2. Little Man, What Now? – 1:48 (Morrissey/Street)
  3. Everyday Is Like Sunday – 3:32 (Morrissey/Street)
  4. Bengali In Platforms – 3:55 (Morrissey/Street)
  5. Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together – 1:40 (Morrissey/Street)
  6. Late Night, Maudlin Street – 7:40 (Morrissey/Street)
  7. Suedehead – 3:56 (Morrissey/Street)
  8. Break Up The Family – 3:55 (Morrissey/Street)
  9. The Ordinary Boys – 3:10 (Morrissey/Street)
  10. I Don't Mind If You Forget Me – 3:17 (Morrissey/Street)
  11. Dial-a-Cliché – 2:28 (Morrissey/Street)
  12. Margaret On The Guillotine – 3:42 (Morrissey/Street)

UK Vinyl

Side A
  1. Alsatian Cousin – 3:13 (Morrissey/Street)
  2. Little Man, What Now? – 1:48 (Morrissey/Street)
  3. Everyday Is Like Sunday – 3:32 (Morrissey/Street)
  4. Bengali In Platforms – 3:55 (Morrissey/Street)
  5. Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together – 1:40 (Morrissey/Street)
  6. Late Night, Maudlin Street – 7:40 (Morrissey/Street)
Side B
  1. Suedehead – 3:56 (Morrissey/Street)
  2. Break Up The Family – 3:55 (Morrissey/Street)
  3. The Ordinary Boys – 3:10 (Morrissey/Street)
  4. I Don't Mind If You Forget Me – 3:17 (Morrissey/Street)
  5. Dial-a-Cliché – 2:28 (Morrissey/Street)
  6. Margaret On The Guillotine – 3:42 (Morrissey/Street)

US CD Edition

  1. Alsatian Cousin – 3:13 (Morrissey/Street)
  2. Little Man, What Now? – 1:48 (Morrissey/Street)
  3. Everyday Is Like Sunday – 3:32 (Morrissey/Street)
  4. Bengali In Platforms – 3:55 (Morrissey/Street)
  5. Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together – 1:40 (Morrissey/Street)
  6. Late Night, Maudlin Street – 7:40 (Morrissey/Street)
  7. Suedehead – 3:56 (Morrissey/Street)
  8. Break Up The Family – 3:55 (Morrissey/Street)
  9. Hairdresser On Fire – 3:51 (Morrissey/Street)
  10. The Ordinary Boys – 3:10 (Morrissey/Street)
  11. I Don't Mind If You Forget Me – 3:17 (Morrissey/Street)
  12. Dial-a-Cliché – 2:28 (Morrissey/Street)
  13. Margaret On The Guillotine – 3:42 (Morrissey/Street)

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.

  1. Alsatian Cousin – 3:13 (Morrissey/Street)
  2. Little Man, What Now? – 1:48 (Morrissey/Street)
  3. Everyday Is Like Sunday – 3:32 (Morrissey/Street)
  4. Bengali In Platforms – 3:55 (Morrissey/Street)
  5. Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together – 1:40 (Morrissey/Street)
  6. Late Night, Maudlin Street – 7:40 (Morrissey/Street)
  7. Suedehead – 3:56 (Morrissey/Street)
  8. Break Up The Family – 3:55 (Morrissey/Street)
  9. The Ordinary Boys – 3:10 (Morrissey/Street)
  10. I Don't Mind If You Forget Me – 3:17 (Morrissey/Street)
  11. Dial-a-Cliché – 2:28 (Morrissey/Street)
  12. Margaret On The Guillotine – 3:42 (Morrissey/Street)
  13. Let The Right One Slip In – 2:28 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  14. Pashernate Love – 2:16 (Morrissey/Whyte/Day)
  15. At Amber – 2:43 (Morrissey/Street)
  16. Disappointed (Live) – 3:07 (Morrissey/Street)
  17. Girl Least Likely To – 4:51 (Morrissey/Rourke)
  18. I'd Love To – 4:49 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  19. Michael's Bones – 3:10 (Morrissey/Street)
  20. I've Changed My Plea To Guilty – 3:42 (Morrissey/Nevin)

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.

  1. Alsatian Cousin – 3:13 (Morrissey/Street)
  2. Little Man, What Now? – 1:48 (Morrissey/Street)
  3. Everyday Is Like Sunday – 3:32 (Morrissey/Street)
  4. Bengali In Platforms – 3:55 (Morrissey/Street)
  5. Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together – 1:40 (Morrissey/Street)
  6. Late Night, Maudlin Street – 6:55 (Morrissey/Street)
  7. Suedehead – 3:56 (Morrissey/Street)
  8. Break Up The Family – 3:55 (Morrissey/Street)
  9. Treat Me Like A Human Being – 2:27 (Morrissey/Street)
  10. I Don't Mind If You Forget Me – 3:17 (Morrissey/Street)
  11. Dial-a-Cliché – 2:28 (Morrissey/Street)
  12. Margaret On The Guillotine – 3:42 (Morrissey/Street)

Personnel

  • 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