How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today

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How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today
Studio album by Suicidal Tendencies
Released September 13, 1988
Recorded April 1988 at Cherokee Studios
Genre Thrash metal, crossover thrash
Length 50:17
Label Epic
Producer Mark Dodson
Suicidal Tendencies
Suicidal Tendencies chronology
Join the Army
(1987)
How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today
(1988)
Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu
(1989)
Singles from How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today
  1. "Trip at the Brain"
    Released: 1988
  2. "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow"
    Released: 1989

How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today is the third album by the American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, released on September 13, 1988 on Epic Records, their first album on that label. It was also the band's first album recorded with guitarist Mike Clark, and their only release with bassist Bob Heathcote, who was replaced by Robert Trujillo in 1989.

Musical style[edit]

How Will I Laugh... is crucial to Suicidal Tendencies stylistic developments in that it sees the band abandoning most of their full fledged punk influences in favor of a more thrash metal-oriented sound. One could see this stylistic changes in this album's predecessor Join the Army, but this album had a distinctly more defined metal sound; more complex and lengthy songs, as well as better production values.

The addition of a rhythm guitarist, Mike Clark (who had played in Muir's side band No Mercy, which was supposed to originally be a metal only side project) changed the band's style heavily as well. Clark writes much of the music for this album, and he gives lead guitarist Rocky George more soloing time. Thus creating another factor in this album and future albums' more metal-oriented sound.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Reviews for How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today have been mostly positive. Allmusic's Steve Huey awards the album four-and-a-half stars out of five, and described it as "one of its best efforts". For the musical direction, Huey states, "The band's thrashy fusion of its hardcore roots with speed metal was fully developed by this point, and Mike Muir's social commentary and self-analysis were as ragingly compelling and by turns amusing as ever."[1]

How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today was semi-successful, peaking at #111 on the Billboard 200. It remained on that chart for eleven weeks.[2] The album featured singles "Trip at the Brain" and the title track, both of which managed to become successful with their target audiences.

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Trip at the Brain"   Mike Clark, Mike Muir 4:32
2. "Hearing Voices"   Louiche Mayorga, Muir 4:13
3. "Pledge Your Allegiance"   Mayorga, Muir 4:32
4. "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow"   Clark, Muir 6:44
5. "The Miracle"   Clark, Muir 5:28

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Surf and Slam"   Rocky George, Suicidal Tendencies 2:51
2. "If I Don't Wake Up"   Clark, Muir 4:53
3. "Sorry?!"   George, Muir 3:47
4. "One Too Many Times"   Clark, Muir 3:13
5. "The Feeling's Back"   Clark, Muir 4:04

CD version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Trip at the Brain"   Clark, Muir 4:32
2. "Hearing Voices"   Mayorga, Muir 4:13
3. "Pledge Your Allegiance"   Mayorga, Muir 4:32
4. "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow"   Clark, Muir 6:44
5. "The Miracle"   Clark, Muir 5:28
6. "Suicyco Mania"   Mayorga, Muir 5:52
7. "Surf and Slam"   George, Suicidal Tendencies 2:51
8. "If I Don't Wake Up"   Clark, Muir 4:53
9. "Sorry?!"   George, Muir 3:47
10. "One Too Many Times"   Clark, Muir 3:13
11. "The Feeling's Back"   Clark, Muir 4:04
  • Track notes: "Suicyco Mania" is exclusive to the CD version of the album and does not appear on the vinyl or cassette versions. A near instrumental version (removing all the vocals outside of the title chant) was released as the B-side of "Trip at the Brain" and can also be heard on the F.N.G. compilation.

Credits[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1988 The Billboard 200 111

Trivia[edit]

  • Actor John Cusack appears in the video for Trip At The Brain.

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