1985 was a watershed year for me. There was a lot going on for me emotionally and physically, and perhaps that's why the music from that year is so strongly embedded in my psyche. (I actually think 1985 might be the best year for music, ever.)
|"Nowhere Fast" - Morrissey/Marr|
I was already a Smiths fan, having discovered Hatful of Hollow while on a spring break trip with my friend earlier that year in Fallbrook, CA. Something in Morrissey's forlorn, pleading, aching lyrics connected directly to my adolescent brain. Meat Is Murder - with its clear anti-meat and anti-school/bullying/authority stance - both challenged and drew me in further.
The album was released on February 11th, 1985 without the song that many know as the centerpiece of the album, "How Soon Is Now?", which was added to the US & Canadian releases because of the song's popularity. The track was removed from the album on the subsequent Johnny Marr-remastered releases in 2009. (Angus Batey makes the case very solidly on The Quietus that the song doesn't really belong on the album.)
I'll put more of my personal thoughts about the album in the comments. But here's the short of it: I love it. 2nd favorite Smiths studio album. Now let's hear from you all!
|"Rusholme Ruffians" - Morrissey/Marr|