Album: The World Won’t Listen
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“You must suffer and cry for a longer time”
As 1987 dawned, Perhaps the best indication that things weren’t 100% well at Smiths HQ was the case of the dueling compilation albums.
The first one, The World Won’t Listen, was a pretty decent overview of the singles that the Smiths had released after Meat is Murder, but also included album cuts like “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again” (which were at least singles) and “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” (which wasn’t). And so, I dutifully went out and purchased it as an import at Tower.
And soon after that, I was totally blindsided by Louder Than Bombs, which came out a month later only in America and collected nearly everything that wasn’t on the U.S. versions of first three studio albums as well as the non-BBC sessions from Hatful of Hollow. And it included the entire “Sheila Take A Bow” single, which hadn’t yet been released in the U.K. So I had to buy that, too.