Viva Hate

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This article is about the Morrissey album. For the band, see Viva Hate (band).
Viva Hate
Morrissey-Viva Hate.jpg
Studio album by Morrissey
Released 14 March 1988
Recorded October–December 1987
Genre Jangle pop
Length 42:16
Label HMV
Producer Stephen Street
Morrissey chronology
Viva Hate
Bona Drag
1997 re-release cover
Singles from Viva Hate
  1. "Suedehead"
    Released: 15 February 1988
  2. "Everyday Is Like Sunday"
    Released: 31 May 1988
"Everyday Is Like Sunday" audio sample

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Viva Hate is the debut solo studio album by English musician Morrissey. It was released on 14 March 1988 by record label HMV, six months after the final album by Morrissey's band The Smiths, Strangeways, Here We Come.


Viva Hate was produced by Stephen Street, who enlisted Vini Reilly of The Durutti Column as the album's guitarist. At the exception of Suedehead, Reilly created music for all of the tracks with Morrissey as lyricist; however, when about to be involved in this project, Reilly agreed to leave the songwriting credits to Stephen Street. [1] Viva Hate was originally going to be called Education in Reverse (some LPs in Australia and New Zealand were released with this title). The album was recorded between October and December 1987.[2]


Viva Hate was released on 14 March 1988 by record label HMV.

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".[3]

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.

It was certified Gold by the RIAA on 16 November 1993.

In 1997, EMI, in celebration of their 100th anniversary, released a remastered special edition of this album in the UK. It features different cover art and a different booklet (it has a photograph of a billboard for Beethoven Was Deaf and drops the lyrics) as well as eight bonus tracks – only one of which was contemporaneous with the album. "Hairdresser on Fire" does not appear on this version.

A newly remastered, special edition of Viva Hate, supervised by Stephen Street, was released on 2 April 2012. This edition controversially omits, along with the name of Vini Reilly, 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.[2] "Hairdresser on Fire", again, is also not included on this edition. Additionally, the typeface font on the front cover has been changed.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau B[5]
Pitchfork 7.3/10[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
Spin unfavourable[8]

Viva Hate was generally well received by critics. Rolling Stone called the album "a tight, fairly disciplined affair", in comparison of its sound to that of The Smiths.[7] In its retrospective review, Pitchfork called the album "one of Morrissey's most interesting records, and certainly his riskiest", and that its "strange mix of pomp and minimal languor makes Viva Hate the only Morrissey LP you'd consider listening to just for its music".[6]

A negative review came from Spin, who wrote "without guitarist/composer Johnny Marr at his side, the mahatma of mope rock seems to have gone out for a nice depressing stroll without noticing that he didn't have a stitch to wear".[8]

Viva Hate was listed by Q as one of the top 50 albums of 1988.[9]

Track listing[edit]

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:

Etchings on vinyl[edit]

Original version: EDUCATION IN REVERSE/none

2012 version: BLOOD BATHS I HAVE KNOWN/S####################BA


Additional personnel
  • 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



Year Chart Position
1988 Dutch Albums 12[10]
1988 German Albums 33[11]
1988 New Zealand Albums 8[12]
1988 Norwegian Albums 20[13]
1988 Swedish Albums 27[14]
1988 UK Albums Chart 1[15]
1988 Billboard 200 48[16]


  1. ^ "Morrissey: Vini Reilly Part 5". Retrieved 22 January 2015.  Reilly felt sad about it and would have wished a better treatment. He nevertheless expressed no regret and recognized Morissey as a gifted artist and Street as a skilled technician; he admitted that it was his mistake to have accepted such an agreement in the first place. From his side, Street denied all of this. Tony Wilson's version would confirm Reilly's and reported also money-related issues, which makes this case even more unacceptable for him (See an interview of Tony Wilson with Prism Films: Prism Archives "The Smiths and Morrissey: Tony Wilson 05 (of 6)". Retrieved 22 January 2015. )
  2. ^ a b Kinney, Fergal (23 February 2012). "Stephen Street – Exclusive Interview". Louder Than War. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Hann, Michael (18 October 2013). "Morrissey Autobiography: 10 Things We Learned | Music | The Guardian". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Viva Hate – Morrissey | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Morrissey". Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Ewing, Tom (28 March 2012). "Morrissey: Viva Hate | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Coleman, Mark (19 May 1988). "Morrissey Viva Hate Album Review | Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Altman, Billy (June 1988). "Spins". Spin: 72. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  9. ^ " Magazine Recordings of the Year". Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
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