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“Now I know how Joan of Arc felt”
“Bigmouth Strikes Again” just might be my favorite Smiths song. Though it got released later than it should have.
In late 1985, full of momentum from the sessions that produced “The Boy With The Thorn in His Side” and its attendant b-sides, the Smiths spent the autumn recording their third studio album, with the working title of Margaret on the Guillotine , finishing it before the year even ended, with an eye for another release early in 1986, following the pattern of their debut and Meat is Murder.
But that’s not at all what happened, as the album, re-titled The Queen is Dead after its rollicking title track, didn’t actually come out until June, 1986, which, as things turned out, was probably for the best.