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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  • 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 9:38pm 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 8:33pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

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

    4 Dec 5:58am Reply
  • The_Sun_XIX

    muito boa

    29 Nov 11:42pm Reply
  • peach1987

    love it! it's giving me goosebumps :)

    20 Nov 4:37pm Reply
  • wizzxx

    I'm the sun, I'm the air.

    17 Nov 2:02am Reply
  • Inane_Drivel

    "Great, he's singing about the elements!"

    5 Nov 7:56pm Reply
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  • breakherlegs

    "So 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" Another musical masterpiece of The Smiths. Morrissey is so perfect.

    8 Oct 12:39pm Reply
  • bos11ify

    This song makes me feel like the sun and the air...

    11 Sep 8:18am Reply
  • ilkovsky

    Noel Gallagher said that even Johnny Marr isn't as good as Johnny Marr.

    7 Sep 5:54pm Reply
  • WS9167

    welll.... how can you NOT love this?

    7 Sep 9:44am Reply
  • Ennish

    One of my favorite songs of all time due in part to how darkly atmospheric it is. That guitar lick cuts through me like a knife.

    29 Aug 3:32pm Reply
  • Scratch-N-Sniff

    Charmed brought me to this song.

    25 Aug 7:35pm Reply
  • Phnmnn

    just like everybody else does [2]

    25 Aug 2:33pm Reply
  • DrewciferCDXX

    Shut up, Morrissey.

    23 Aug 3:15am Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    10 Aug 1:32pm Reply
  • AriaEvans

    just like everybody else does

    7 Aug 4:45pm Reply
  • finidebriani


    21 Jul 4:24pm Reply
  • vampiremar

    ♥ this is so sexy in a strange sort of way

    6 Jul 7:14pm Reply
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