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|1. Alsatian Cousin (2011 - Remaster)|
|2. Little Man, What Now? (2011 - Remaster)|
|3. Everyday Is Like Sunday (2011 - Remaster)|
|4. Bengali in Platforms (2011 - Remaster)|
|5. Angel Angel Down We Go Together (2011 - Remaster)|
|6. Late Night, Maudlin Street (2011 - Remaster)|
|1. Suedehead (2011 - Remaster)|
|2. Break Up the Family (2011 - Remaster)|
|3. Treat Me Like a Human Being (2011 - Remaster)|
|4. I Don't Mind If You Forget Me (2011 - Remaster)|
|5. Dial a Cliche (2011 - Remaster)|
|6. Margaret On the Guillotine (2011 - Remaster)|
At least Morrissey has restored Viva Hate’s original cover, which disappeared when the album was first reissued in 1997. And there’s no doubt Treat Me Like a Human Being’s gaunt for-whom-the-bell-tolls movement and mood could have been a contender – so why wasn’t it worked up then?
For all that, Viva Hate answered those critics declaring there’d be no Morrissey without Marr. At times it’s even tempting to ask, Johnny who? Guitarist Vini Reilly, of The Durutti Column/Manchester indie mafia fame, was an inspired replacement chosen by vilified producer/songwriter Stephen Street, whose simplistic chords and judicious use of – shock horror! – programmed drums were an inspired platform for a singer responding to being abandoned not by past loves but his emotionally shattered band partner and best friend of the present day. The fresh urgency of a solo album – for both Morrissey and Street – is all over Viva Hate. The iconic singles Suedehead and Everyday Is Like Sunday, the dreamy venom of Margaret on the Guillotine, the uncanny rock gallop of I Don’t Mind If You Forget Me and the uncanny shuddering dynamic of the lengthy Late Night, Maudlin Street all escaped the pastiche tendencies of Strangeways, Here We Come.
True, The Ordinary Boys isn’t the album’s pinnacle, but it has a sublime Moz vocal and a mood that epitomises Viva Hate’s bereft and nostalgia-soaked resignation. If we’re to play the replacement game, surely Bengali in Platforms would be the first to go, but that would be a much more controversial choice. Weirdly, Treat Me Like a Human Being sounds like a postscript from Smiths days, with a hint of the lonely gait of This Night Has Opened My Eyes. A subconscious act of longing for the past, then? Vive la différence, Moz might think. But, really, there’s only one Viva Hate, and this isn’t it.
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Having owned Morrisseys more contemporary albums i wanted to listern and experience one of his albums post the smiths so where better to start. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Justme
Had the original cassette and was a bit disappointed about changed track, but all in all, I'm just so happy to have this fabulous album on CD now - I can hear it again after a very... Read morePublished 5 months ago by vikki morgan
Firstly, there's a good chance the existing reviews came from those who were alive when this album was first released, so I don't have that experience and perspective under my... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thomas Dunn
Morrissey’s début, ’Viva Hate’, released hot on the heels of The Smiths' swan song, is nearly a masterpiece. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MJF
Why try to fix something that aint broken? Viva Hate (the original version) is an excellent album. Why no 'Ordinary Boys'? I personally really like that song. Read morePublished on 9 Aug 2012 by S. Jones
'Viva Hate' is Morrissey's début solo album. Remarkably, it was released only six months after The Smiths' final L.P., Strangeways, Here We Come. Read morePublished on 3 April 2012 by Alan the Kaz