From start to finish, The Queen Is Dead is, perhaps, The Smiths' strongest album, and it's certainly their funniest. In particular, the Kinks-like music hall bounce of "Frankly, Mr. Shankly" and the rockabilly-tinged "Vicar in a Tutu" sport hilariously cruel lyrics, while pungent one-liners crop up in nearly every track. Elsewhere, the shimmering "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" is one of Johnny Marr's most glorious tunes, while "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" features one of Morrissey's most disconsolately romantic lyrics.
The Queen Is Dead
Frankly, Mr. Shankly
I Know It's Over
Never Had No One Ever
Bigmouth Strikes Again
The Boy With the Thorn In His Side
Vicar In a Tutu
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
10 Songs, 37 Minutes
June 16, 1986
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