Magic, Murder and the Weather

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Magic, Murder and the Weather
Studio album by Magazine
Released September 1981
Recorded 1981 at Trident Studios, London
Genre Post-punk
Length 39:52
Label Virgin Records
Producer Martin Hannett
Magazine chronology
The Correct Use of Soap
Magic, Murder and the Weather
No Thyself
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Magic, Murder and the Weather is the fourth album by British post-punk band Magazine, released by Virgin Records in 1981. It was recorded without original guitarist John McGeoch, who had moved to Siouxsie and the Banshees the year before. In his place was ex-Amazorblades guitarist Ben Mandelson (after replacing former Ultravox guitarist Robin Simon, who replaced McGeoch after his quitting).

Months before the album's release, Howard Devoto, disillusioned with the conditions in the band (as in McGeoch quitting, and failing to get a true replacement for him), decided to quit Magazine. Subsequently after the release, Magazine decided to dissolve, because they could not imagine a "post-Devoto" line-up.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Howard Devoto, Barry Adamson, John Doyle, Dave Formula and Ben Mandelson except where noted.

  1. "About the Weather" (Devoto, Formula) – 4:06
  2. "So Lucky" (Devoto, Formula) – 4:11
  3. "The Honeymoon Killers" (Devoto, Adamson, Mandelson) – 3:39
  4. "Vigilance" (Devoto, Adamson) – 5:15
  5. "Come Alive" (Devoto, Formula) – 3:43
  6. "The Great Man's Secrets" – 4:57
  7. "This Poison" – 4:20
  8. "Naked Eye" – 3:30
  9. "Suburban Rhonda" (Devoto, Formula) – 3:32
  10. "The Garden" (Devoto, Formula) – 2:39

2007 remastered edition bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "In The Dark" - 2:43
  2. "The Operative" - 2:45



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Magic, Murder and the Weather reissue sleeve notes, 2007