Viva Hate

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This article is about the Morrissey album. For the band, see Viva Hate (band).
Viva Hate
Studio album by Morrissey
Released 14 March 1988
Recorded October–December 1987[1]
Genre Alternative rock
Length 42:16
Label HMV (original UK release)
Sire (USA)
Parlophone (1997 UK reissue)
Liberty (2012 UK reissue)
Producer Stephen Street
Morrissey chronology
Viva Hate
Kill Uncle
1997 re-release cover
Singles from Viva Hate
  1. "Suedehead"
    Released: 15 February 1988
  2. "Everyday Is Like Sunday"
    Released: 31 May 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Blender 3/5 stars [2]
NME 8/10 stars[citation needed]
Q 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Q 3/5 stars [3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [4]
Robert Christgau (B) [5]

Viva Hate is Morrissey's debut solo album, released on 14 March 1988 by HMV Records. It was released six months after The Smiths' final album, Strangeways, Here We Come and was produced by Stephen Street, who enlisted Vini Reilly of The Durutti Column as the guitarist. Viva Hate was originally going to be called Education in Reverse; some LPs in Australia and New Zealand were released with this title.[6]

Viva Hate was listed by Q as one of the top 50 albums of 1988.[7] It was certified Gold by the RIAA on 16 November 1993.

There was some controversy caused by the track "Margaret on the Guillotine", which described the death of prime minister Margaret Thatcher as a "wonderful dream".[citation needed]

Everyday Is Like Sunday audio sample

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Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Morrissey/Stephen Street, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Alsatian Cousin"   3:13
2. "Little Man, What Now?"   1:48
3. "Everyday Is Like Sunday"   3:32
4. "Bengali in Platforms"   3:55
5. "Angel, Angel Down We Go Together"   1:40
6. "Late Night, Maudlin Street"   7:40
7. "Suedehead"   3:56
8. "Break Up the Family"   3:55
9. "The Ordinary Boys"   3:10
10. "I Don't Mind If You Forget Me"   3:17
11. "Dial-a-Cliché"   2:28
12. "Margaret on the Guillotine"   3:42
Total length:

International editions[edit]

The American release included the track "Hairdresser on Fire", which had been released in the UK as a B-side to "Suedehead", as track 9. This same track was released on a 7" single that was sold with the album in Japan.

EMI Centenary Edition[edit]

In 1997, EMI, in celebration of their 100th anniversary, released a special edition of this album in the UK. It features different cover work, and a different booklet (it has a photograph of a billboard for Beethoven Was Deaf and drops the lyrics), and features 8 bonus tracks — only one of which was contemporaneous with the album. The album was also remastered. "Hairdresser on Fire" does not appear on this version despite originally added to the North American version of the album as a bonus track.

2012 Special Edition[edit]

In early 2012, a newly remastered, special edition of Viva Hate, supervised by Stephen Street, was announced for release on 2 April 2012. This edition of Viva Hate controversially omits one of the original album's tracks, "The Ordinary Boys," and includes the session outtake "Treat Me Like a Human Being." Also, the extended fadeout of "Late Night, Maudlin Street" has been changed. Stephen Street has said that he felt these changes were a mistake but that the track selection was changed at Morrissey's insistence.[8] "Hairdresser on Fire" is also not included on this edition.

Additionally, the typeface font on the front cover has been changed, as was the case with the 2011 Bona Drag remaster.


  • Richard Koster — violin
  • Fenella Barton — violin
  • Rachel Maguire — cello
  • Mark Davies — cello
  • Robert Woolhard — cello
  • John Metcalf — viola
  • Steve Williams — assistant engineer
  • Anton Corbijn — photography
  • Linder Sterling — photography
  • Eamon Macabe — photography
  • Jo Slee — art coordinator
  • Caryn Gough — layout assistance


  1. ^ Street, Stephen. "Stephen Street – exclusive interview". 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Q Magazine | Music news & reviews, music videos, band pictures & interviews". Retrieved 2011-10-19. [dead link]
  4. ^ Coleman, Mark (1988-05-19). "Viva Hate | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  5. ^ "CG: Morrissey". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  6. ^ Discogs
  7. ^ "1988 Q magazine Recordings Of The Year". Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  8. ^ "Stephen Street - exclusive interview". 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2012-07-16.