Louder Than Bombs

Release date
25 Oct 1990
Running length
21 tracks
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1 Sheila Take a Bow 2:40 294,886
2 Shoplifters of the World Unite 2:57 321,308
3 Half a Person 3:36 236,699
4 London 2:06 159,673
5 Panic 2:18 452,484
6 Girl Afraid 2:48 245,009
7 Shakespeare's Sister 2:07 297,115
8 William, It Was Really Nothing 2:11 413,977
9 You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby 3:23 42,946
10 Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now 3:33 472,869
11 Ask 3:11 381,468
12 Golden Lights 2:39 126,154
13 Oscillate Wildly 3:26 176,599
14 These Things Take Time 2:22 224,831
15 Rubber Ring 3:46 170,722
16 Back to the Old House 3:03 210,269
17 Hand in Glove 3:23 468,813
18 Stretch Out and Wait 2:48 179,752
19 Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want 1:53 319,011
20 Unloveable 3:57 150,142
21 Asleep 4:10 328,173

About this album

Louder Than Bombs is a compilation album by The Smiths. It was released as a double album in March 1987 by their American record company, Sire Records. Its highest chart position was number 63. Popular demand prompted their British record company, Rough Trade, to issue the album domestically as well. Upon its release in the UK in May 1987, it reached number 38 on the British charts. In 2003, the album was ranked number 365 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1990.

The album was released as the American counterpart to their recent British compilation The World Won’t Listen and consisted of all singles and nearly all b-sides that had not at that point been available in the States, either on single or album, with a few other tracks added. The title is borrowed from a line in Elizabeth Smart’s extended prose poem “By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept.”
The album was intended to substitute for both The World Won’t Listen and their 1984 compilation Hatful of Hollow as these had not been released in the United States. This is why the non-single track “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” from Hatful of Hollow was included. (Single a-sides “This Charming Man” and “How Soon Is Now?” had already been released in the U.S. as bonus cuts on the LPs The Smiths and Meat Is Murder, respectively.)
As with The World Won’t Listen, this compilation includes the scrapped single “You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby” (passed over in favour of “Shoplifters of the World Unite”), albeit in a different mix.

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