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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  • finidebriani


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  • vampiremar

    ♥ this is so sexy in a strange sort of way

    6 Jul 7:14pm Reply
  • sharv11

    Hits me like a ton of bricks every time...

    19 Jun 4:55am Reply
  • sharv11

    QUINTESSENTIAL...thanks Darryl!

    18 Jun 9:58pm Reply
  • porcelainstars


    17 Jun 9:59am Reply
  • Coyote___

    Still gives me goosebumps XD

    2 Jun 1:48pm Reply
  • rborlax

    story of my life

    1 Jun 12:04pm Reply
  • Dakota3131

    and all my hope is gone (heartbreaking)

    25 May 9:10pm Reply
  • sharv11

    seriously mesmerizing...

    20 May 12:29am Reply
  • sharv11

    whoa...this is so dark & heavy...absolutely brilliant

    16 May 12:20am Reply
  • Caroh47

    A long time ago I used to this he was saying "I am the sun and the air"

    15 May 9:43pm Reply
  • KGBorkestra

    Am I alone in saying this is one of my least favorite Smiths songs? Not even accounting to it being grossly overplayed (as a detriment to other more deserving Smiths songs, not to their "cred" as a whole, it's the fucking Smiths.) But because it's such a misrepresentation of their sound. I used to tolerate it, but I skip it every time now.

    7 May 11:02pm Reply
  • marjanne9

    or you don't even try to go . . .in order to leave!

    29 Mar 11:05pm Reply
  • jimmytd

    see i've already waited too long and all my hope is gone

    23 Mar 3:05pm Reply
  • Skitteh


    21 Mar 5:18pm Reply
  • kkyeo

    "i am human and i need to be loved just like everybody else does" best music ever

    15 Mar 11:07pm Reply
  • RuidoVerde


    14 Mar 2:37am Reply
  • Dalek_Prime

    Marr is a genius.

    28 Feb 8:14pm Reply
  • lizasixsixsix

    So you go, and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home, and you cry, and you want to die...

    17 Feb 4:28pm Reply
  • RetardGirrrrl

    Thank god for Morrissey ♥

    14 Feb 7:20pm Reply
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