Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
|"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"|
|Single by The Smiths|
|B-side||"Suffer Little Children"
|Released||21 May 1984(CD single: 28 November 1988)|
|Format||7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD|
Fallout Shelter, Hammersmith, London
|Genre||Alternative rock, indie pop, indie rock|
|The Smiths singles chronology|
"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" is a single by British alternative rock band The Smiths that reached number ten on the UK Singles Chart in June 1984 before its inclusion on the compilation album, Hatful of Hollow. It is listed as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
The song is notable for marking the beginning of producer Stephen Street's working relationship with the band. As one of his first roles as "in-house engineer" at Island Records' Fallout Shelter studios, Street engineered the session. He was well aware of the band and excited by the prospect, saying in a HitQuarters interview, "I’d seen them just shortly beforehand on Top Of The Pops doing ‘This Charming Man’, and like most other people around that time who were into music I was really excited by them." Street says his enthusiasm must have rubbed off on Morrissey and Johnny Marr because they would take his name and number. Although not contacted for the subsequent recording "William, It Was Really Nothing", he was asked to engineer their next album, Meat Is Murder, with Morrissey and Marr producing for the first time.
The cover features Viv Nicholson, who became famous in 1961 in the UK for winning a large amount of money on the Football Pools and then rapidly squandering it. The song's title was inspired by Sandie Shaw's "Heaven Knows I'm Missing Him Now".
The band's performance of the song on Channel 4's Earsay on 31 March 1984 features mixed footage of the band playing in a studio and footage of Morrissey walking around some wasteland in Manchester, with gladiolus flowers in his hands and back pocket of his trousers.
The song was covered in 1988 by Act as a bonus track of the 12" single "I Can't Escape from You" and the CD version of the album Laughter, Tears and Rage, featuring scat singing from "Lucky" Gordon.
|1.||"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"||3:34|
|2.||"Suffer Little Children"||5:27|
- in original green sleeve
|12" RTT156/CD RTT156CD|
|1.||"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (Extended)"||3:46|
|3.||"Suffer Little Children"||5:27|
Etchings on vinyl
UK 7": SMITHS INDEED / ILL FOREVER
UK 12": SMITHS PRESUMABLY / FOREVER ILL
|UK Singles Chart||10|
|Irish Singles Chart||11|
- "Interview With Stephen Street". HitQuarters. 27 Sep 2005. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now rating". Allmusic. Retrieved on 29 October 2012.
- "Chart Stats — The Smiths — Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now". Retrieved 19 July 2009.
- Collins, Andrew (2005). Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now:My Difficult Student 80s. Ebury Press. ISBN 9780091896911.
- "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 19 July 2009.