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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  • jono99

    Great song!

    9 hours ago Reply
  • valplayer


    2 May 9:39am Reply
  • samiskywalker

    Awesome <3

    27 Apr 5:30am Reply
  • Xymox13

    Melancolicamente nostálgica.

    19 Apr 3:03pm Reply
  • ForestFloor

    everything about this song is so great. so sparse and atmospheric.

    16 Apr 10:15pm Reply
  • Niuu33

    Ouvia muito essa musica quando tinha uns 10 anos pelae hsuhuhuhsh

    6 Apr 6:00am Reply
  • doctorjmo


    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
  • peach1987


    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

    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
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