What's Your Favourite Smiths album?

What's your favourite Smiths album?

The Smiths
4
17%
Meat Is Murder
1
4%
The Queen Is Dead
10
42%
Strangeways Here We Come
5
21%
Other (Hatful of Hollow, World Won't Listen etc)
4
17%
 
Total votes : 24

What's Your Favourite Smiths album?

Postby woody on Mon Feb 23, 2004 11:50 pm

All this Smiths/Moz talk got me thinking. Popular wisdom says the Queen Is Dead, but I love Strangeways Here We Come.

I haven't included the compos like Hatful of Hollow etc as they weren't studio albums 'proper'
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Postby retlivdead on Mon Feb 23, 2004 11:53 pm

I think every single one was brilliant, I've opted for Strangeways too but Hatful Of Hollow runs it a very close second, even if it wasn't an album proper.

And then The Queen Is Dead... flawless oh bollocks can I vote for all of them!?
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Postby Maui on Mon Feb 23, 2004 11:59 pm

i might not say this very often, but i'm a big Morrissey/Smiths fan. I wouldn't be able to choose an album. Moz made a big difference in my life when i was a young teen
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Postby tfc on Tue Feb 24, 2004 12:02 am

strangeways for me also.
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Postby Gogz on Tue Feb 24, 2004 12:07 am

I've gone for Meat is Murder as you've stipulated it has to be a "proper" album, but Hatful of Hollow to me has the best collection of songs.
And my favourite song's entitled "Boredom"
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Postby themanwithsalthair on Tue Feb 24, 2004 12:11 am

I would like to register a spoilt ballot paper.
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Postby Gogz on Tue Feb 24, 2004 12:15 am

themanwithsalthair wrote:I would like to register a spoilt ballot paper.


Thanks for sharing that with us :roll:
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Postby MATT on Tue Feb 24, 2004 1:14 am

I think Salty did admit to liking a few Smiths songs a while back.

As for me, I tried to resist the obvious option of the Queen Is Dead......very nearly went for Meat Is Murder but had to change my mind. It is flawless (well they both are, but for meQueen... exhibits a better standard of flawlessness, and was the first Smiths album I bought!)

Strangeways is a great album, but for me the songs don't quite sit together comfortably, although "side one" is as good as anything they ever did, from the wrongfooting opener (where's the guitars?? There aren't any!!) onwards. That said, is Death At Ones Elbow really a great Smiths song? I don't think so. Then again, I Won't Share You, Last Night I Dreamt..., Paint A Vulgar Picture....aaah, it's great really!

I feel that the problem with the first album is the lumpy production, and Mozzer's voice is really flat on some tracks (he had singing lessons afterwards but won't admit to it!). Interesting to see no one (so far) has voted for this album.

Let's not forget they did some cracking b-sides, Please, Please Please Let Me Get What I Want, You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby, Rubber Ring, Sweet And Tender Hooligan, Accept Yourself, Back To The Old House, Girl Afraid...the list goes on and on.

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Postby siobhan's dad on Tue Feb 24, 2004 9:51 am

I voted for The Queen is Dead, but I have a soft spot for Strangeways, and the "collections" are pretty ace, and probably the ones I most commonly listen to these days.

So with my equaliser, that makes the score 4-4.
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Postby george best on Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:38 am

very difficult choice

everything the smiths ever released was excellent

i have to go for the first album as that's the one that had the biggest impact on me as a sprightly young teenager - hand in glove, what difference does it make, still ill, hand that rocks the cradle - all quite brilliant

although, as an album, meat is murder is probably the strongest set

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Postby i hate scotland on Tue Feb 24, 2004 5:21 pm

I put them in the order:

Strangeways, Here We Come.
Louder Than Bombs
The Smiths
The Queen Is Dead
Meat Is Murder

Strange how Strangeways was considered such a let-down on release and even now it's frequently over-looked, but it recieves good reviews on this board.

Paint A Vulgar Picture is one of my most favourite Morrissey lyrics :D

You missed out Louder Than Bombs, which is the essential Smiths compilation (forget Hatful, World Won't Listen, etc). 24 songs on it, comprising just about every non-album track; I think there are only 4 songs left off it which are not included on any of the studio albums - Jeanne, Accept Yourself, Money Changes Everything and The Draize Train.
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Postby Gogz on Tue Feb 24, 2004 8:01 pm

i hate scotland wrote:I think there are only 4 songs left off it which are not included on any of the studio albums - Jeanne, Accept Yourself, Money Changes Everything and The Draize Train.


Don't think Wonderful Woman made it on to an album either.

You're right that Louder Than Bombs is a great compilation - The Smiths b-sides were better than most bands' singles.

The reason I love Hatful of Hollow so much is that it was my introduction to The Smiths back in '84. I still think the radio session versions of some of the early songs on that album capture the excitement of early Smiths much better than the versions on the proper debut album. Meat is Murder was the first Smiths record I bought on the day of release - that's probably one of the main reasons I feel so affectionate towards it.
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Postby dogonwheels on Wed Feb 25, 2004 1:08 am

Love them all but it was a toss up between TQID and SHWC in the end. TQID just pipped it.
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Postby Guest on Thu Feb 26, 2004 11:13 am

themanwithsalthair wrote:I would like to register a spoilt ballot paper.


shut it you cockwad!!!!!1111 :lol:
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Postby matzerath on Thu Feb 26, 2004 1:02 pm

Hatful of Hollow and World Won't Listen are probably the ones I listen to most. Of the proper albums I'd have to go for The Smiths.
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