Meat Is Murder is the second studio album by English rock band the Smiths, released on 11 February 1985 by Rough Trade Records. The album became the band's only number one on the UK charts, and stayed on the charts for thirteen weeks. It also reached number 40 in Canada and number 110 in the United States.
Meat Is Murder is local and British from the first line – "Belligerent ghouls run Manchester schools" – and expresses fury at a kind of school life that has been forgotten. When the album was released, corporal punishment was still legal – it wasn't banned until 1986 – and everyone had a particularly sadistic teacher like Morrissey's "spineless swines"
Meat Is Murder, with its simulated bovine cries and buzz-saw guitars, took vegetarianism to a new height in popular media. At the time when this song was recorded, animal rights weren’t as mainstream of an issue as they are now. The consumption of meat, especially mass-produced factory-farmed meat, is inherently related to the suffering of animals, and the whole point of this song is to make us think about this unpleasant truth. It’s not really the kind of song you just sit back and enjoy. Meat Is Murder" Track Info.
The Smiths were gaining fame in England at the time of this album's release. Their first album wasn't exactly a roaring success, but it is now recognized as a pillar of alt/indie music, one of the "required albums" of the genre. The album did sell fairly well though, and expectations were high for their second album. Some say they disappointed: Meat is Murder is commonly regarded as the Smiths' worst studio effort. While it is far from.
|1||New Slaughter Born||7:50|
|2||Meat Bloody Meat||14:12|
|3||Slave New Blonde||3:58|
|4||Meat Is Burger||10:06|