The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

Last year when Meat Is Murder celebrated its 25th anniversary, we asked musicians like Zach Condon, Drew Daniel, Frankie Rose, Jamie Stewart, the No Age dudes, and Pictureplane for their memories of, and attachments to, the record. It’s a year later and time for the especially beloved/regarded third Smiths album The Queen Is Dead to reach the quarter century mark. (It was released on June 16, 1986 in the UK, a week later on the 23rd in the States. The lead single, “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” came out a bit earlier in May. A different mix of “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side” surfaced months before that.) Since it’s such a classic with a weird personal tug to just about anyone who’s listened to it on repeat, we figured instead of asking a few people for their thoughts, it made sense to be more inclusive and to poll you, the reader. So, what’s your favorite The Queen Is Dead track? (Me: “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” even in demo form.) Favorite album-related memory? (Me: Too long to get into here, but it involves “Cemetery Gates.”) Hop to it: I’ve included the tracklist below to jog your memory.

01 “The Queen Is Dead”
02 “Frankly, Mr Shankly”
03 “I Know It’s Over”
04 “Never Had No One Ever”
05 “Cemetry Gates”
06 “Bigmouth Strikes Again”
07 “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side”
08 “Vicar in a Tutu”
09 “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”
10 “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others”

Live in 1986:

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Comments (19)
  1. I Know It’s Over is my favourite. Kills me everytime I listen to it, but it’s so good – if not a little too close to home.

  2. I agree with Claran – my favorite is ‘I Know It’s Over.’ The Queen is Dead is one of the BEST albums of all time, and I can’t believe it’s 25 years old!

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  3. Bigmouth Strikes Again is one of my favorites, it never gets old for me.

  4. ‘Bigmouth’. But I also love ‘I Know It’s Over’.

  5. My favorite track is ‘Cemetary Gates’ followed by ‘Some Girls Are Bigger Than Other’

    ‘There Is a Light…’ is a very special track, but the aforementioned tracks do it in the format of an album more than ‘There is a Light…’ And how great of an opener is ‘The Queen is Dead’?

    My favorite Smiths album,however, is Strangeways.

  6. There are a lot of brilliant tracks on that album, but my favorite is “There Is a Light and It Never Goes Out”. And a three-way tie for second place with “I Know It’s Over”, “Never Had No One Ever” and “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others”. They really nailed that only-almost-tongue-in-cheek melodrama on this record.

  7. 10. Vicar in a Tutu
    9. Never Had No One Ever
    8. Frankly Mr. Shankly
    7. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
    6. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
    5. The Queen Is Dead
    4. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
    3. Cemetery Gates
    2. I Know It’s Over
    1. Bigmouth Strikes Again

  8. 1. I know it’s over (“she needs you more than she loves you…”, “”and it never really began but in my heart it was so real”)
    2. There is a light that never goes out
    3. Cemetry gates
    4. Bigmouth strikes again
    5. The boy with the thorn in his side
    6. The queen is dead
    7. Frankly Mr. Shankly
    8. Some girls are bigger than others
    9. Never had no one ever

    10. Vicar in a tutu

  9. Going to see The Smiths in LA for this show with my friend Heather! Still have the sign saying “the queen is dead” that Morrissey paraded around the stage during the show. Then meeting the band afterwards at the Le Parc Hotel (that is where everyone stayed back then) in the hills! So died. The best of times!!!

  10. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

  11. showing this to my parents and them calling it depressing, but saying that Morissey has one of the clearest voices they’ve heard. …….my mom liked Frankly Mr. Shankly. …..also, There is a Light that Never Goes Out is the best song of the 80′s

  12. ”Some girls are bigger than others” is the best song ever!I saw them live around that time in Montreal and it made me cry…really!!!

  13. There are too many to choose from. There is a Light that Never Goes Out is one of the most perfect songs ever and that’s what hooked me. But I love the hushed epic feel of the Queen is Dead, the cool breakdown in Frankly Mr. Shankly, the way it’s easy to relate to Bigmouth Strikes Again…wonderful stuff.

  14. Bigmouth is the weakest song in the album, in my opinion.
    My fav is Cemetry Gates.

  15. Light that Never Goes Out. Personal favorite Smiths song, legendary tune. Shankly is a really fun singalong after you’ve had a shitty day at work, and I Know It’s Over cuts deeper than most breakup songs.

  16. Every track is fantastic, a perfect album imo. But I agree with consensus that Over and LIght are at the top of the list. Just amazing to think that The Smiths recorded around 80 songs (not counting various versions) in 5 years and most are incredible.

  17. “Oh mother I can feel” ….that I’m an old fk. I still have my original vinyl in mint condition and poster of the boys standing before the Salford Lads Club, framed.

  18. there is a light that never goes out….. 25 years is nothing!

    is still the guitar player snowboarding in oregon?

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