Your Arsenal

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Your Arsenal
Studio album by Morrissey
Released 27 July 1992
Recorded March 1992
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock
Length 39:45
Label HMV
Rhino (2014 re-release)
Producer Mick Ronson
Morrissey chronology
Kill Uncle
(1991)
Your Arsenal
(1992)
Vauxhall and I
(1994)
Singles from Your Arsenal
  1. "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful"
    Released: 27 April 1992
  2. "You're the One for Me, Fatty"
    Released: 6 July 1992
  3. "Tomorrow"
    Released: September 1992
  4. "Certain People I Know"
    Released: 7 December 1992
  5. "Glamorous Glue"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Blender 4/5 stars [2]
Q 5/5 stars [3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [4]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars [5]
Robert Christgau (A-) [6]

Your Arsenal is a 1992 album by the British singer Morrissey, which was released through HMV Records. The album reached number 4 on the UK Album Chart and was listed as one of the top 50 albums of 1992 by Q.[7]

About the album[edit]

Morrissey had been rehearsing with a new band prior to the release of Your Arsenal, which was the first official album of this new line-up, whose core has remained stable to date (since this record was released, his music has been chiefly composed by either Alain Whyte or Boz Boorer, two musicians originally coming from the rockabilly scene).

Commencing with "You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side", the album represents a clear change in direction for Morrissey from indie pop to a more muscular rock sound;[8] with some elements of rockabilly. It also contains a glam rock influence, due to the involvement of ex-Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson. Songs such as "Certain People I Know", "Glamorous Glue", and "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday", which are respectively influenced by T. Rex, and David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust period songs (i.e. "The Jean Genie" and the latter by "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide").[citation needed]

Some tracks from the album were lyrically controversial, although much of the controversy was generated by the New Musical Express, who had turned against Morrissey by this time. "Glamorous Glue", though a personally conflicted and ambivalent song, was accused of anti-Americanism, while the similarly ambiguous "We'll Let You Know" was accused of defending football hooliganism. "The National Front Disco", meanwhile, was accused by some of glorifying the British National Front, a far-right group, and the ambiguity of lyrics such as "England for the English" was criticised.

The first song released from the album, "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful", peaked at number 17 in the United Kingdom. It also hit number two on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. The UK also saw the release of "You're the One for Me, Fatty" (#19) and "Certain People I Know" (#35). In the United States, "Glamorous Glue" and "Tomorrow" reached #13 and #1 on the Modern Rock chart, respectively.

David Bowie later covered the track "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday" on his 1993 album Black Tie White Noise.

The album earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album.[citation needed]

2014 Reissue[edit]

In 2014, Rhino Records issued a "Definitive Master" of the album. This version was remastered and substitutes the original album version of "Tomorrow" for the U.S. single mix. It also includes a bonus DVD of a 1991 concert from Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by Morrissey. All music composed by Alain Whyte, except where noted.

No. Title Music Length
1. "You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side"   Mark E. Nevin 3:38
2. "Glamorous Glue"     4:01
3. "We'll Let You Know"     5:17
4. "The National Front Disco"     4:23
5. "Certain People I Know"     3:11
6. "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful"     2:29
7. "You're the One for Me, Fatty"     2:58
8. "Seasick, Yet Still Docked"     5:07
9. "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday"   Nevin 4:20
10. "Tomorrow"     4:05

Personnel[edit]

Band[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
Position
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 4
US Billboard 200 21
Chart (2014) Peak
Position
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 49
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[11] 18

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