Vauxhall and I

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Vauxhall and I
Morrissey-Vauxhall and I.jpg
Studio album by Morrissey
Released 14 March 1994
Recorded June–August 1993 at Hook End Manor, Oxfordshire, England
Genre Alternative rock[1]
Length 39:53
Label
Producer Steve Lillywhite
Morrissey chronology
Your Arsenal
(1992)Your Arsenal1992
Vauxhall
and I

(1994)
Southpaw Grammar
(1995)Southpaw Grammar1995
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 in the UK and Sire/Reprise in the USA.

Background[edit]

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

"Spring Heeled Jim" contains bits of dialogue from We Are the Lambeth Boys, a 1959 documentary that follows the lives of members of a south London youth club.[2] 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
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Blender5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[6]
NME8/10[7]
Pitchfork7.8/10[8]
Q5/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[11]
Select5/5[12]

Q listed it as one of the top ten albums of 1994.[13] 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.TitleMusicLength
1."Now My Heart Is Full"Boz Boorer4:57
2."Spring-Heeled Jim"Boorer3:47
3."Billy Budd"Alain Whyte2:08
4."Hold On to Your Friends"Whyte4:02
5."The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get"Boorer3:44
6."Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself"Whyte3:20
7."I Am Hated for Loving"Whyte3:41
8."Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning"Boorer3:42
9."Used to Be a Sweet Boy"Whyte2:49
10."The Lazy Sunbathers"Whyte3:08
11."Speedway"Boorer4:30

Etchings on vinyl[edit]

20th anniversary American LP: MRS SHUFFLEWICK

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

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] none 293,017[16]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


References[edit]

  1. ^ Gallucci, Michael. "Morrissey's 'Vauxhall and I' – A Look Back at an Alt-Rock Classic". Diffuser.fm. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Smiths / Morrissey FAQ: Lyrics". compsoc.man.ac.uk. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Vauxhall and I – Morrissey". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Power, Tony (15 September 2004). "Morrissey: Vauxhall and I". Blender. Archived from the original on 30 June 2006. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Romero, Michele (25 March 1994). "Vauxhall and I". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Ali, Lorraine (27 March 1994). "Morrissey, "Vauxhall and I"; Sire/Reprise". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Bailie, Stuart (12 March 1994). "His Astra's Voice". NME. 
  8. ^ Heller, Jason (5 June 2014). "Morrissey: Vauxhall and I". Pitchfork. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Collins, Andrew (April 1994). "Morrissey: Vauxhall and I". Q (91). 
  10. ^ Volk, Steven (7 April 1994). "Morrissey: Vauxhall and I". Rolling Stone: 73. 
  11. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Morrissey". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 561–62. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  12. ^ Harrison, Andrew (April 1994). "Vauxhall Viva!". Select (46). 
  13. ^ "Rocklist.net ...Q magazine Recordings of the Year". Rocklist.net. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "British album certifications – Morrissey – Vauxhall and I". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Vauxhall and I in the search field and then press Enter.
  15. ^ "American certifications – Morrissey". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  16. ^ https://www.morrissey-solo.com/threads/morrisseys-record-sales.141301/

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