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The Smiths – Meat Is Murder

129,00 lei

Label: Rhino Records – 2564665878
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 2012
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock

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Meat Is Murder is the second studio album by English rock band the Smiths, released on 11 February 1985 by Rough Trade Records. It became the band’s only studio album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart, and stayed on the chart for 13 weeks. The album was an international success: it spent 11 weeks in the European Top 100 Albums chart, peaking at number 29. It also reached number 110 on the US Billboard 200, in the United States.

After the band’s 1984 debut studio album, lead vocalist Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr produced the album themselves, assisted only by engineer Stephen Street. They had first met Stephen Street on the session for “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” and requested his contact number.[16] Officially, the record’s production is credited to “The Smiths”.

To build the album’s soundscape, Morrissey provided Marr and Street with his personal copies of BBC sound effects records from which to source samples.[17] Morrissey would continue this practice on future Smiths singles and albums.

Meat Is Murder was more strident and political than its predecessor, including the pro-vegetarian title track (Morrissey forbade the rest of the band from being photographed eating meat), and the anti-corporal punishment “The Headmaster Ritual”. Musically, the band had grown more adventurous, with Marr and Rourke channelling rockabilly and funk influences in “Rusholme Ruffians” and “Barbarism Begins at Home”, respectively. “Rusholme Ruffians” interpolates the Victoria Wood song “Fourteen Again”. Author John King has suggested that the title track was inspired by the 1983 song “Meat Means Murder” by the anarcho-punk band Conflict, which deals with the same topic and also opens at a slow pace.

Morrissey also brought a political stance to many of his interviews. Among his targets were the Thatcher administration, the monarchy, and his musical contemporaries. When asked about Band Aid, which was being strongly promoted in the UK media at the time, he quipped, “One can have great concern for the people of Ethiopia, but it’s another thing to inflict daily torture on the people of England”. Similarly, he began to promote vegetarianism in live shows and interviews, on one occasion convincing a Scottish TV show to air footage of slaughterhouses during the dinner hour.

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