The Smiths
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Alain Delon
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Derek Jarman
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Stephen Street

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The Queen Is Dead

Knowledge Identifier: $The_Queen_Is_Dead


The Queen Is Dead

Ead is the third studio album by the English rock band The Smiths add

Category: Music (411)

Launched in 1110.

Countries: United Kingdom (58%), Britain (16%), Greater Manchester (11%)

Main connections: Morrissey, The Smiths, Johnny Marr

Linked to: Recording Industry Association of America, Warner Music Group




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"The Queen Is Dead", which leads off the album and notably became an expressionistic music video directed by Derek Jarman, starts with a soundbite from Bryan Forbes' 1962 British film "The L-Shaped Room" add something


The album cover, designed by Morrissey, features Alain Delon from the 1964 film "L'Insoumis" add something


The actress had appeared in a gala performance for Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee called "God Save the Queen", and died in 1980 add something


"Pitchfork Media" listed "The Queen Is Dead" as 6th best album of the 1980s add something


A demo of the music for "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" was posted by Marr through Morrissey's letterbox in the summer of 1985 add something


Guitarist Johnny Marr wrote several songs that would later appear on "The Queen Is Dead" while The Smiths toured Britain in early 1985, working out song arrangements with bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce during soundchecks add something


The album was produced by Morrissey and Marr, working predominantly with engineer Stephen Street, who had engineered the band's 1985 album, "Meat Is Murder" add something


The bulk of the album was recorded in the winter of 1985 at Jacob Studios in Farnham, under the working title "Margaret on the Guillotine" add something


"Frankly, Mr. Shankly", "I Know It's Over" and "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" were written by Morrissey and Marr in a "marathon" writing session in the late summer of 1985 at Marr's home in Bowdon, Greater Manchester add something


"The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" was, according to Marr, "an effortless piece of music", and was written on tour in the spring of 1985 add something


Johnny Marr - During 1985 the band completed lengthy tours of the UK and the US while recording the next studio record, "The Queen Is Dead"


Morrissey - During 1985, the band undertook lengthy tours of the UK and the US while recording the next studio record, "The Queen is Dead"


The first song from the album to be recorded, in July 1985, was "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" add something


In August 1985, "Bigmouth Strikes Again" and "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" were recorded at RAK Studios in London, along with the B-sides to "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side", "Asleep" and "Rubber Ring" add something


The music for "Never Had No One Ever", completed in August 1985, was based on a demo which Marr had recorded in December 1984, itself based on "I Need Somebody" by The Stooges add something


It went on sale on 16 September 1985 and made number 23 in the UK Singles Chart add something


Aneel Ahmad - The club gained fame in 1986 when the alternative rock band The Smiths posed in front of the building for the inside cover of their album "The Queen Is Dead


"The Queen Is Dead" finally emerged in June 1986, and was previewed by the May single release of "Bigmouth Strikes Again", the only single taken from the album add something


It was released on 16 June 1986 in the United Kingdom by Rough Trade Records and released in the United States on 23 June 1986 through Sire Records add something


Both Morrissey and Marr disagree, however, citing its 1987 successor , "Strangeways, Here We Come", as their peak add something


Johnny Marr - In 1989 "Spin" magazine rated "The Queen Is Dead" as number one of "The Greatest Albums Ever Made"


Across the Atlantic, it reached No. 28 in Canada on the "RPM 100" album chart and No. 70 on the "Billboard" 200 chart, and was certified Gold by the RIAA in late 1990 add something


In 2000, "Mojo" magazine placed "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" at number 25 on its list of the 100 greatest songs of all time, while VH2 placed it top of its Top 500 Indie Songs chart add something


In 2003, Morrissey named this as his favourite Smiths song add something


In 2003, "The Queen Is Dead" was ranked number 216 on "Rolling Stone"'s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time add something


In 2006 it was named the second greatest British album of all time by "NME" add something


In 2006, "Q" magazine placed the album at No. 3 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the '80s" add something


Definitely Maybe - In 2006, "NME" placed the album third in a list of the greatest British albums ever, behind The Stone Roses' self-titled debut album and The Smiths' "The Queen Is Dead"


Chris Wills - He appeared on the first edition of "A Question of Genius" on 16 March 2009 and won £5000 by correctly identifying The Smiths' song title which contains a spelling mistake as "Cemetry Gates", and remained at the top of the leaderboard throughout the series, earning a place in the grand final


UK-based magazine "Clash" added "The Queen Is Dead" to its "Classic Album Hall of Fame" in its June 2011 issue, saying it "is an album to lose yourself in; it has depth, focus and some great tunes add something


In 2012, "Slant" magazine listed the album at No. 16 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s" saying "There may never again be an indie-rock album as good as The Queen Is Dead" add something


NME's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - In 2013 "The Queen Is Dead" was ranked the greatest record of all time on NME's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list add something


In 2013 "The Queen Is Dead" was ranked the greatest record of all time on "NME" Greatest Albums of All Time list add something


The album will be reissued on 20 October 2017 in a 2CD, 3CD and 5LP set, with demos and live tracks add something