Vauxhall and I

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Vauxhall and I
Studio album by Morrissey
Released 14 March 1994
Recorded 1993 at Hook End Manor, Oxfordshire, England
Genre Indie pop, pop rock
Length 39:53
Label Parlophone
Producer Steve Lillywhite
Morrissey chronology
Your Arsenal
(1992)
Vauxhall and I
(1994)
Southpaw Grammar
(1995)
Singles from Vauxhall and I
  1. "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get"
    Released: 28 February 1994
  2. "Hold on to Your Friends"
    Released: 30 May 1994
  3. "Now My Heart Is Full"
    Released: 1994

Vauxhall and I is the fourth studio album by English alternative rock musician Morrissey. It was released on 14 March 1994, by the record label Parlophone.

Background[edit]

The album's title may be be a reference to the 1987 film Withnail and I. Vauxhall is an area of London noted for its gay clubs (it is also an area of Liverpool), and there is also a British car manufacturer of the same name.

"Spring Heeled Jim" contains bits of dialogue from a documentary called We Are the Lambeth Boys.[1] The line "Don't leave us in the dark" at the end of "Billy Budd" is sampled from the 1948 David Lean film adaptation of Dickens' Oliver Twist. This was said by one of Fagin's pickpockets to Fagin when the mob was closing in on their hiding place. The song itself shares the title with a novella by Herman Melville.

Release[edit]

Vauxhall and I was a success in the United States, making the top 20. It was also Morrissey's second solo album to reach the top of the charts in Britain, the first being Viva Hate.

The lead single off the album, "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get", became the only song by Morrissey or The Smiths to achieve chart success in the United States, where it reached number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. In the United Kingdom, the song hit number 8 in the UK Singles Chart and was the only single by Morrissey to reach the top ten during the 1990s.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[3]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[4]
PopMatters 8/10[5]
Spin favourable[6]
Stylus highly favourable[7]

Q listed it as one of the top ten albums of 1994.[8] In February 2006, the same magazine voted it at number 91 on its list of the best albums ever.[citation needed] In January 2006, NME voted it number 57 in its list of the "Top 100 British Albums".[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Morrissey

No. Title Music Length
1. "Now My Heart Is Full"   Boz Boorer 4:57
2. "Spring-Heeled Jim"   Boorer 3:47
3. "Billy Budd"   Alain Whyte 2:08
4. "Hold on to Your Friends"   Whyte 4:02
5. "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get"   Boorer 3:44
6. "Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself"   Whyte 3:20
7. "I Am Hated for Loving"   Whyte 3:41
8. "Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning"   Boorer 3:42
9. "Used to Be a Sweet Boy"   Whyte 2:49
10. "The Lazy Sunbathers"   Whyte 3:08
11. "Speedway"   Boorer 4:30

Personnel[edit]

  • Morrissey – vocals
  • Alain Whyte – guitar
  • Boz Boorer – guitar
  • Jonny Bridgwood – bass
  • Woodie Taylor – drums
Technical
  • Greg Ross – art direction
  • Dean Freeman – photography
  • Chris Dickie – producer, engineer
  • Steve Lillywhite – producer
  • Danton Supple – assistant engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Smiths / Morrissey FAQ: Lyrics". compsoc.man.ac.uk. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Vauxhall & I – Morrissey | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Ali, 27 March 1994. "Album Review: *** Morrissey, "Vauxhall and I"; Sire/Reprise Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Heller, Jason (5 June 2014). "Morrissey: Vauxhall and I | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Bergstrom, John (27 June 2014). "Morrissey: Vauxhall and I (20th Anniversary Definitive Master) | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Sheffield, Rob (April 1994). "Spins". Spin. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Monks, Jon (1 September 2003). "Morrissey – Vauxhall & I – On Second Thought – Stylus Magazine". Stylus. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rocklist.net...Q magazine Recordings of the Year". Rocklist.net. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Music Box by Mariah Carey
UK number one album
26 March 1994 – 1 April 1994
Succeeded by
Music Box by Mariah Carey