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The Queen Is Dead
The Queen Is Dead cover
Studio album by The Smiths
Released June 16, 1986
Recorded Late 1985, England
Genre Alternative rock
Length 37:07
Label Rough Trade
Producer(s) Morrissey and Marr
Professional reviews
The Smiths chronology
Meat Is Murder
(1985)
The Queen Is Dead
(1986)
The World Won't Listen
(1987)

The Queen Is Dead is the third studio album of The Smiths. It was released on June 16, 1986 by their U.K. record company, Rough Trade Records, and reached No. 2 in the British charts. Their U.S. record company released the album on June 23, 1986. The album reached No. 71 on the Billboard 200. Image File history File links The-Queen-is-Dead-cover. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... The Smiths were an English rock group active from 1982 to 1987. ... June 16 is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Rough Trade Records, now a member of the RIAA[1], began as an independent record label, based in London, England. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959) is an English singer and songwriter from Manchester, England. ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer, and is best known as the man behind the music of The Smiths. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... ... The Smiths were an English rock group active from 1982 to 1987. ... Meat Is Murder is The Smiths second studio album, released in February of 1985. ... The World Wont Listen is a compilation album by The Smiths. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... The Smiths were an English rock group active from 1982 to 1987. ... June 16 is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto  2(French) God and my right Anthem God Save the Queen 3 United Kingdom() – on the European continent() – in the European Union() [] Capital London Largest conurbation (population) Greater London Urban Area Official languages English (de facto)4 Government  -  Monarch Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair Formation  -  Acts of Union... The record industry (or recording industry) is the industry that manufactures and distributes mechanical recordings of music. ... Rough Trade Records, now a member of the RIAA[1], began as an independent record label, based in London, England. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... June 23 is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 191 days remaining. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


In 1997 The Queen Is Dead was named the 15th greatest album of all time in a 'Music of the Millennium' poll conducted by HMV, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic FM. In 2003, the album was ranked number 216 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2005 Channel 4 viewers placed it at number 20, and in 2006 Q magazine readers placed it at number 12. In 2000 Q placed it at number 27 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever; in 2004, a similar list by The Observer Music Magazine's critics placed it at number 37, behind the band's eponymous debut which was 21st. It was ranked 5 in Spin's "100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005" (2005). The German newspaper WAZ placed it at number 1. In June 2006, 20 years after its original release, NME dedicated almost a whole issue to the album. Much More Music placed it at 24 on Listed's Top 40 Album of the Past 25 Years. In 2006 NME placed the album second in a list of greatest British albums, behind The Stone Roses This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that Channel Four Television Corporation be merged into this article or section. ... The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ... Classic FM is the United Kingdoms first national commercial radio station, broadcasting classical music in a popular and accessible style. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Promotional Book Cover The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time is the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ... It has been suggested that Channel Four Television Corporation be merged into this article or section. ... Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Smiths is the eponymous debut album of the band The Smiths, released on February 20, 1984. ... Spin is a music magazine that reports on all the music that rocks. Founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione, Jr. ... Sometimes confused with the Canadian music magazine Music Express The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a music magazine in the UK which has been published weekly since March 1952. ... MuchMoreMusic is a 24-hour Canadian music cable channel, owned by CHUM Limited. ... Listed can refer to: a listing of securities on a stock exchange the fact that a building is a listed building in the United Kingdom, protected from alteration or demolition for heritage purposes This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same... Sometimes confused with the Canadian music magazine Music Express The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a music magazine in the UK which has been published weekly since March 1952. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... The Stone Roses is the debut album by The Stone Roses, released in March 1989. ...

Contents

About the album

After releasing their September 1985 single, "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" (which is included on The Queen Is Dead in an updated, slightly re-mixed version), The Smiths turned to recording their third album. Pressure was high on the band to produce an album that met the high expectations within the press and the fan base. Johnny Marr worked day and night in the studio recording and producing the music. The band wanted to release the album as soon as possible, but relations with their record company, Rough Trade, were not at their best at the time. In early 1986, all communications broke down and the album's release was indefinitely postponed. A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer, and is best known as the man behind the music of The Smiths. ...


The Queen Is Dead, produced by Morrissey and Marr with Stephen Street engineering, finally emerged half a year late, in June 1986, and was previewed by the May single release of "Bigmouth Strikes Again", strictly speaking the only single taken from the album. Many encouraged the band to release "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" as a single, but Johnny Marr is said to have wanted an explosive, searing single, along the lines of The Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash", to announce that The Smiths had returned from hiatus. It did not fare as well as expected, stalling at No. 26 on the British charts. Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959) is an English singer and songwriter from Manchester, England. ... Stephen Street is a music producer best known for his work with The Smiths in the 1980s and Blur in the 1990s. ... Bigmouth Strikes Again is a song by The Smiths. ... There Is A Light That Never Goes Out is a song by the British rock group The Smiths, written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr. ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... Jumpin Jack Flash is a song by The Rolling Stones, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and released as a single on May 24, 1968, going to number 1 in the UK, number 3 in the US. It was recorded during the Beggars Banquet sessions, but not included on...


The album is popularly regarded as The Smiths' best album. With its unique blend of musical styles (including jangle pop, British Invasion, rockabilly and punk rock), it quickly became a British sensation and established The Smiths as one of the biggest bands of its era. Both Morrissey and Marr disagree, however, citing its 1987 successor (and unexpectedly final Smiths LP), Strangeways, Here We Come, as their peak. Jangle pop was an American musical genre that arose in the middle of the 1960s, combining angular, chiming guitars and power pop structures. ... The appearance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, February 9, 1964, was the breakthrough moment of the burgeoning British Invasion. ... Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock n’ roll music to emerge during the 1950s. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... Strangeways, Here We Come is the final studio album by The Smiths, originally released in 1987. ...


The songs

In 1992 British band The Wedding Present side project, The Ukrainians, released the Pisni Iz The Smiths EP exclusively consisting of Smiths covers translated into Ukrainian which included "The Queen is Dead" (listed as "Koroleva Ne Polerma") and "Bigmouth Strikes Again" (listed as "Batyar") and also included two older Smiths songs. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" has also been covered by such groups as Placebo and The Entertainment System. Additionally, "I Know It's Over" was covered in concert by Jeff Buckley and can be heard on his Mystery White Boy live album. The Wedding Present is a rock group from Leeds, the United Kingdom, that was formed in 1985 from the ashes of the Lost Pandas. ... The Wedding Present is a rock group from Leeds, the United Kingdom, that was formed in 1984 from the ashes of the Lost Pandas. ... Bigmouth Strikes Again is a song by The Smiths. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Jeff Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), born Jeffrey Scott Buckley and raised as Scotty Moorhead,[1] was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Mystery White Boy is a live album by Jeff Buckley released in 2000 (see 2000 in music). ...


The song "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out", widely seen as the epitome of The Smiths, was a contender for lead single off the album, but was passed over in favour of "Bigmouth Strikes Again". (Later in 1986 it was released as a 7"-only single in France.) It received a belated release in 1992, when it became one of WEA's singles in a programme to promote Smiths re-releases (see the entry on ...Best II). It made a final attempt to crack the charts in 2005, when Morrissey released a live version in support of his Live at Earls Court album; the song was an unforgettable set closer on his You Are the Quarry tour. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out is a song by the British rock group The Smiths, written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr. ... An epitome (Greek epitemnein—to cut short) is a summary or miniature form, also used as a synonym for embodiment. ... Warner Music Group (WMG) is one of the four major record labels. ... …Best II is a compilation album by The Smiths. ... How Soon Is Now? / First Of The Gang To Die / November Spawned A Monster / Dont Make Fun Of Daddys Voice / Bigmouth Strikes Again / I Like You / Redondo Beach / Let Me Kiss You / Subway Train/Munich Air Disaster 1958 / There Is A Light That Never Goes Out / The More... You Are the Quarry is an album by Morrissey, the former lead singer of the Smiths. ...


Schneider TM did a cover of the track entitled "The Light 3000" on his 2000 EP Binokular (a collaborative EP with KPT.michi.gan). The track was recently voted by Wire Magazine as one of the best cover versions ever recorded.[1] Schneider TM is the name used for the solo electronic music projects of Dirk Dresselhaus, a former rhythm-section member for several German indie rock bands. ...

"Cemetry Gates" was Morrissey's direct response to critics who had cried foul over his use of texts written by his some of his favorite authors, notably Shelagh Delaney and Elizabeth Smart. Oscar Wilde, who was also accused of plagiarism, figures as a patron saint of Morrissey's in the song's lyrics. Like Wilde, Morrissey regards the appropriation of texts as not at all problematic and, in fact, a common artistic practice. Wilde said "Talent borrows, genius steals", and Morrissey agreed: Wilde's epigram was etched in the vinyl run-out grooves of the first single off the album, "Bigmouth Strikes Again". Image File history File links ThereIsALight. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... Delaney was featured twice on Smiths record sleeves. ... For the U.S. kidnap victim, see Elizabeth Smart kidnapping. ... Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer. ...


"The Queen Is Dead", which leads off the album, starts with a soundbite from Bryan Forbes' 1962 British film The L-Shaped Room. Another instance of Morrissey's fascination with Sixties British cinema, the film, which featured performances by Cicely Courtneidge and Pat Phoenix (who had already appeared as a cover star on the 1985 single "Shakespeare's Sister"), contains a poignant scene in which a group of homesick Britons living in France sing "Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty". This complements the lyrics in giving a sense of Morrissey's mix of patriotism and exile from his homeland-- a prophetic sense of exile, it turned out, as Morrissey later left England and has since lived in Dublin, Los Angeles and now Rome. It was also notable for a memorable expressionistic music video directed by Derek Jarman. The L-Shaped Room is a 1962 film, directed by Bryan Forbes, which tells the story of a young French woman, unmarried and pregnant, who moves into a London apartment building, befriending a young man in the building. ... Cicely Courtneidge, 1930. ... Patricia Phoenix, as Elsie Tanner on Coronation Street, in a still from an episode first aired in the early 1970s. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Nickname: Motto: SPQR: Senatus Populusque Romanus Location of the city of Rome (yellow) within the Province of Rome (red) and region of Lazio (grey) Coordinates: Region Lazio Province Province of Rome Founded 21 April 753 BC Government  - Mayor Walter Veltroni Area  - City 1,285 km²  (580 sq mi)  - Urban 5... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Derek Jarman Derek Jarman (January 31, 1942 – February 19, 1994) was an English film director, stage designer, artist, and writer. ...


According to Johnny Marr (as recounted by Smiths biographers Johnny Rogan and Simon Goddard), the vocal for the epic "I Know It's Over" was recorded in one take.


Live versions of several of the album's tracks are available on the live album Rank, released in 1988 a year after the group split. Among them, "The Queen Is Dead" proved a blistering opener to their concerts, while "Bigmouth Strikes Again" typically closed to thunderous applause. The haunting, elegiac "I Know It's Over" often finished the main set. "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" was played live only once, on December 12, 1986, at a Brixton Academy show (the band's last ever UK concert). The live recording was used as a B-side to the 1987 single "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" and features an extra verse. Rank is a live album by English band The Smiths. ... December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 19 days remaining. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... I Started Something I Couldnt Finish is a song by The Smiths. ...


Cover

The album cover of The Queen Is Dead, designed by Morrissey, features Alain Delon from the 1964 film L'insoumis. Alain Delon (born 8 November 1935) is a French-born actor, one of the best known outside his native country. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ...


Track listing

All songs written and produced by Morrissey/Marr except "Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty" written by Mills/Godfrey-Scott.

  1. "The Queen Is Dead" (medley) – 6:24
  2. "Frankly, Mr. Shankly" – 2:17
  3. "I Know It's Over" – 5:48
  4. "Never Had No One Ever" – 3:36
  5. "Cemetry Gates" – 2:39
  6. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" – 3:12
  7. "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" – 3:15
  8. "Vicar in a Tutu" – 2:21
  9. "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" – 4:02
  10. "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" – 3:14

Bigmouth Strikes Again is a song by The Smiths. ... The Boy with the Thorn in His Side is a song by The Smiths. ... There Is A Light That Never Goes Out is a song by the British rock group The Smiths, written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr. ...

Personnel

The band

Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959) is an English singer and songwriter from Manchester, England. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer, and is best known as the man behind the music of The Smiths. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A Harmonium or Reed Organ is a free-standing musical keyboard instrument similar to a pipe organ. ... A synthesizer (or synthesiser) is an electronic musical instrument designed to produce electronically generated sound, using techniques such as additive, subtractive, FM, physical modelling synthesis, phase distortion, or Scanned synthesis. ... A string instrument (or stringed instrument) is a musical instrument that produces sound by means of vibrating strings. ... The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. ... Andy Rourke (born 17 January 1964) is a bass guitarist and guitar player from Manchester, England. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is an electrically-amplified string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... Mike Joyce (born Michael Joyce on 1 June 1963) is a drummer from Fallowfield, Manchester, England. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ...

Additional musicians

The sleeve notes list "Ann Coates" as backing vocalist and "The Hated Salford Ensemble" as being responsible for orchestration; in reality, it's a speeded-up vocal part by Morrissey and the synthesized strings and flute arrangements by Johnny Marr, respectively. Ancoats is a district of Manchester. Ann Coates is credited with backing vocals on the 1986 single Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths, also included on their album The Queen Is Dead. ... A backing vocalist or backing singer (or, especially in the U.S., backup singer or sometimes background singer) is a singer who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backing vocalists, or alone but not singing the lead. ... Orchestration is the study or practice of writing music for orchestra (or, more loosely, for any musical ensemble) or of adapting for orchestra music composed for another medium. ...


Technical staff

In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Stephen Street is a music producer best known for his work with The Smiths in the 1980s and Blur in the 1990s. ... An Audio Engineer is a person recording, editing, manipulating, mixing and mastering sound by technical means. ... John Porter is a British musician and record producer. ...

References

  1. ^ Skoda Mluvit

External links

  • Stephen Street on recording the title track
The Smiths
Morrissey - Johnny Marr - Andy Rourke - Mike Joyce
Craig Gannon - Dale Hibbert
Discography
Albums: The Smiths | Meat Is Murder | The Queen Is Dead | Strangeways, Here We Come | Rank (live)
Singles: Hand in Glove | This Charming Man | What Difference Does It Make? | Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now | William, It Was Really Nothing | How Soon Is Now? | Shakespeare's Sister | That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore | The Boy with the Thorn in His Side | Bigmouth Strikes Again | Panic | Ask | Shoplifters of the World Unite | Sheila Take a Bow | Girlfriend in a Coma | I Started Something I Couldn't Finish | Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me | There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
Band-assembled compilations: Hatful of Hollow | The World Won't Listen | Louder Than Bombs
Other compilations: Stop Me | Best...I | ...Best II | Singles | The Very Best of The Smiths
Related
Rough Trade Records

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