This Album Listening Club selection was chosen by the members of the Club (sign up here!) from the top 5 albums of 1985 as voted on by Slicing Up Eyeballs readers. The fine folks at Slicing Up Eyeballs were kind enough to go along with this crazy cross-blog crossover idea that I had. Thanks!
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 didn’t discover Meat Is Murder until autumn of the year I started high school. There was a girl in one of my classes – I’m not sure how we met, other than sitting next to each other. She had teased-up dyed black hair and wore goth-style clothes & makeup, for which I’ll admit to always having a weakness. In plain terms, I had a complete crush on her, and she seemed so confident and cool and all the things you think about other kids at that age. (There’s a story of how I almost ended up dating her best friend’s older sister, but…perhaps on another blog.) Some days she would take my spiral notebooks and write in them. Through some investigation, I eventually found that what she was writing were lyrics from Meat Is Murder.
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|