How Soon Is Now? (6:45)

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“How Soon Is Now?” is a 1984 song written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr and first released by their band The Smiths. Johnny Marr described it as “possibly our most enduring record. It’s most people’s favourite, I think”, however, it is not generally considered to be representative of the band’s style.

Originally a B-side with “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” on the 12” single version of “William, It Was Really Nothing” in 1984, the song was subsequently featured on the compilation album Hatful of Hollow and on US. , Australian and Warner UK editions of Meat Is Murder. It was belatedly released as an A-side in the United Kingdom in 1985, reaching #24 on the singles chart.

Although a club favourite, “How Soon Is Now?” did not chart as well as writers Morrissey and Marr had expected. Most commentators put this down to the fact that the song had been out on vinyl in a number of forms before being released as a single in its own right. The original track ran for nearly 7 minutes; however, the 7” single edit cut the length down to under four minutes. The complete version is generally used on compilations.

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  • doctorjmo

    love!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    26 Mar 4:29pm Reply
  • foolsfallinlove

    "you shut your mouth. how can you say I go about things the wrong way? I am human and I need to be loved, just like everybody else does"

    22 Mar 12:46pm Reply
  • RocketRolly

    I agree Peachy, this song rules. tis pretty

    20 Mar 6:39am Reply
  • peach1987

    Masterpiece!!!!

    17 Mar 6:02pm Reply
  • Magonb25

    Actually, I am the son and the heir of a shyness that's criminally vulgar.

    17 Feb 5:55pm Reply
  • schabenfuerst

    Milestone in Music History !!!!

    16 Feb 2:24pm Reply
  • sorry

    Incredible. I wish The Smiths had done just a few more songs in this vein.

    16 Feb 2:33am Reply
  • RHETT__BUTLER

    бля ну лан это за душу всегда брало и будет брать душевно пиздец

    13 Feb 5:59pm Reply
  • Sophia_Pantlv

    штырит нереальнооооооооооо

    9 Feb 4:30pm Reply
  • VitaminJunk

    Charmed brought me to this song. [2]

    9 Feb 10:40am Reply
  • Dlartrisky

    By the way, I always thought they were singing "I am the sun and the air", not "I am the son and the heir". :O

    23 Jan 8:47pm Reply
  • Dlartrisky

    Rehit this recently from my library and suddenly this is one out of two of my jams at the moment.

    19 Jan 8:21pm Reply
  • aeg0n

    i am the son and the heir of a shyness that is criminally vulgar, i am the son and heir, of nothing in particular.

    14 Jan 12:16am Reply
  • marjo47

    Good song.

    6 Jan 3:54pm Reply
  • lululusanji

    "I am a human and I need to be loved, just like everybody else does." Masterpiece.

    1 Jan 2:28pm Reply
  • csrog69

    One of my fave Smiths tracks

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Are you a Meditation kid like tonight Yiddish urn her to do that to me and fruity hair again well as Coldplay or false app not the one who brought me know what will happen if I want to be a lifetime of the babies and get a banana to the beach resort to

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • eliacersoltero

    You say it's going to happen now, well when exactly do you mean? See, I've already waited too long, and all my hope is gone"

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Wish there was an instrumental of this, love the guitar effects and hate Morrissey's whining lol

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • The_Sun_XIX

    muito boa

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
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