Viva Hate

Viva Hate

Infobox Album |
Name = "Viva Hate"
Type = Album
Artist = Morrissey

Released = March 14, 1988 (UK)
March 22, 1988 (USA)
Recorded = Winter 1987
Genre = Alternative rock
Length = 46:09
Label = HMV (UK), Sire (USA)
Producer = Stephen Street
Chart position =
* #1 (UK)
* #20 (Norway)
* #48 (USA)
Reviews =
* Rating|4.5|5 [ link]
* "NME" 8/10 upon release in 1988
* "Q" Rating|4|5 upon release in 1988
* "Q" Rating|3|5 [ October 2000]
* "Rolling Stone" Rating|4|5 [ link]
* Robert Christgau (B) [ link] |
Last album =
This album = "Viva Hate"" (1988)
Next album = "Kill Uncle" (1991)
Misc = Extra album cover
Upper caption = Alternate covers
Background = Yellow

Lower caption = 1997 EMI Reissue

"Viva Hate" is Morrissey's debut solo album, released on March 22, 1988. The album was considered Morrissey's very strong foray into a solo career, as he utilized his traditional lyrical style and retained the basic sound that The Smiths had developed by the time they broke up. [All Music Guide, [ "Viva Hate: Overview," "Stephen Thomas Erlewine" May 7, 1998, accessed April 22, 2007.] The album was originally going to be called "Education in Reverse", but was renamed to reflect Morrissey's feelings after the break-up of The Smiths. Fact|date=April 2008 Some LPs in Australia and New Zealand were released with the original title. [ [ LASID - Viva Hate ] ]

The album was released a mere six months after The Smiths' final album, "Strangeways Here We Come". The title predicts the content as Morrissey's lyrics are sardonic and filled with invective, while some of the tracks deal with the harshness of the breakup of The Smiths.

The album was produced by Stephen Street and most of the arrangements were by Vini Reilly of The Durutti Column. Reilly's distinctive style is evident throughout the entire album, especially in tracks such as Late Night, Maudlin Street and Bengali In Platforms. The record remains one of his best known recordings and was certified Gold by the RIAA on 11/16/1993.

Track listing

#"Alsatian Cousin" - 3:13
#"Little Man, What Now?" - 1:48
#"Everyday Is Like Sunday" - 3:32
#"Bengali in Platforms" - 3:55
#"Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together" - 1:40
#"Late Night, Maudlin Street" - 7:40
#"Suedehead" - 3:56
#"Break Up the Family" - 3:55
#"The Ordinary Boys" - 3:10
#"I Don't Mind If You Forget Me" - 3:17
#"Dial-a-Cliché" - 2:28
#"Margaret on the Guillotine" - 3:42

International Editions

The American release included the track ("Hairdresser on Fire" - 3:50) which had been released in the UK as a b-side to "Suedehead". This same track was released on a 7" single that was sold with the album in Japan.

pecial Edition

In 1997, EMI, in celebration of their 100th anniversary, released a special edition of this album in the UK. It features different cover work, and a different booklet (it has a photograph of a billboard for Beethoven Was Deaf and drops the lyrics), and features 8 bonus tracks - only one of which was contemporaneous with the album. "Hairdresser on Fire" does not appear on this version despite originally added to the North American version of the album as a bonus track. The bonus songs are:

*"Let the Right One Slip In"
*"Pashernate Love"
*"At Amber"
*"Disappointed (Live)"
*"Girl Least Likely To"
*"I'd Love To"
*"Michael's Bones"
*"I've Changed My Plea to Guilty"

In addition to receiving bonus tracks, the album was also remastered.


*Fenella Barton - Violin
*Anton Corbijn - Photography
*Mark Davies - Cello
*Caryn Gough - Layout Assistance
*Richard Koster - Violin
*Steve Lillywhite - Producer
*Eamon Macabe - Photography
*Rachel Maguire - Cello
*John Metcalf - Viola
*John Metcalfe - Viola
*Morrissey - Vocals, Lyricist, Sleeve Art
*Andrew Paresi - Drums
*Vini Reilly - Guitar, Keyboards, Songwriter
*Jo Slee - Art Coordinator
*Linder Sterling - Photography
*Stephen Street - Bass, Guitar, Songwriter, Guitar (Bass), Producer
*Steve Williams - Assistant Engineer
*Alan Winstanley - Producer
*Robert Woolhard - Cello


* [ It May All End Tomorrow - Lyrics and Song Information Database]
* [ It May All End Tomorrow - Lyrics FAQ]
* [ It May All End Tomorrow - Margaret on the Guillotine Lyrics page]

succession box
before = "Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby" by Terence Trent D'Arby
title = UK number one album
years = March 26, 1988April 1, 1988
after = "Now That's What I Call Music 11" by Various Artists


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