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{{Discobox
 
{{Discobox
 
| Name = How Soon Is Now?
 
| Name = How Soon Is Now?
| Total Length = 3:41
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| Total Length = 6:43<br>3:41 (edit)
| Recorded =  
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| Recorded = July 1984<br>August 1984 (Peel Session)
 
| Writer = Morrissey/Marr
 
| Writer = Morrissey/Marr
 
| Producer = [[John Porter]]
 
| Producer = [[John Porter]]
 
| Mastered =  
 
| Mastered =  
| Art = Sean Barrett<br>'Dunkirk' (1958) by Leslie Norman
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| Art = Cover star: Sean Barrett in 'Dunkirk' (1958) / Vanessa Redgrave & David Hemmings in 'Blow-up' (1966)
 
| Vinyl Etching = THE TATTY TRUTH
 
| Vinyl Etching = THE TATTY TRUTH
 
| Publisher = [[Rough Trade Records]] (UK)<br>[[Sire Records]] (US)
 
| Publisher = [[Rough Trade Records]] (UK)<br>[[Sire Records]] (US)
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| Next = Shakespeare's Sister
 
| Next = Shakespeare's Sister
 
| NextLink = Shakespeare's Sister (single)
 
| NextLink = Shakespeare's Sister (single)
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| Reissue = true
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| ReissueDescription = WEA reissue
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| ReissuePrevious = This Charming Man (WEA reissue)
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| ReissuePreviousLink = This Charming Man (single)
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| ReissueNext = There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (WEA release)
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| ReissueNextLink = There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (single)
 
}}
 
}}
  
 
==Information==
 
==Information==
  
* A studio outtake version of this song (likely the Italian 12" version) is available on the [[A Nice Bit Of Meat (LP bootleg)|A Nice Bit Of Meat]] bootleg LP.
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* A studio outtake version of this song (likely the "William..." Italian 12" version) is available on the [[A Nice Bit Of Meat (LP bootleg)|A Nice Bit Of Meat]] bootleg LP.
 
* An instrumental version of this song is available on the [[A Nice Bit Of Meat 2 (LP bootleg)|A Nice Bit Of Meat 2]] bootleg LP.
 
* An instrumental version of this song is available on the [[A Nice Bit Of Meat 2 (LP bootleg)|A Nice Bit Of Meat 2]] bootleg LP.
 
* The Italian 12" version of this song is available on the [[Blessings Of The Highest Order (LP bootleg)|Blessings Of The Highest Order]] bootleg LP, the [[Asleep (CD bootleg)|Asleep]] bootleg CD, [[The Complete BBC Sessions 1983-1986 (CD bootleg)|The Complete BBC Sessions 1983-1986]] bootleg CD, the [[From The One You Left Behind (CD bootleg)|From The One You Left Behind]] bootleg CD and the [[Wilde About The Smiths Unlimited Rarities (CD bootleg)|Wilde About The Smiths Unlimited Rarities]] bootleg CD.
 
* The Italian 12" version of this song is available on the [[Blessings Of The Highest Order (LP bootleg)|Blessings Of The Highest Order]] bootleg LP, the [[Asleep (CD bootleg)|Asleep]] bootleg CD, [[The Complete BBC Sessions 1983-1986 (CD bootleg)|The Complete BBC Sessions 1983-1986]] bootleg CD, the [[From The One You Left Behind (CD bootleg)|From The One You Left Behind]] bootleg CD and the [[Wilde About The Smiths Unlimited Rarities (CD bootleg)|Wilde About The Smiths Unlimited Rarities]] bootleg CD.
  
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==Track list==
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===7" Vinyl===
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UK - [Rough Trade RT 176]
  
===Recording===
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{{tracklist
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| 01 = How Soon Is Now?
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| 01link = How Soon Is Now? (single)
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| 01-duration = 3:41 (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 02 = Well I Wonder
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| 02link = Well I Wonder
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| 02-duration = 4:00 (Morrissey/Marr)
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}}
  
===Release===
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===12" Vinyl===
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UK - [Rough Trade RTT 176]
  
==Track list==
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{{tracklist
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| 01 = How Soon Is Now?
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| 01link = How Soon Is Now? (single)
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| 01-duration = 6:43 (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 02 = Well I Wonder
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| 02link = Well I Wonder
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| 02-duration = 4:00 (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 03 = Oscillate Wildly
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| 03link = Oscillate Wildly
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| 03-duration = 3:26 (Morrissey/Marr)
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}}
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===US 12" Vinyl===
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US - [Sire 0-20284]
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 +
{{tracklist
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| 01 = How Soon Is Now?
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| 01link = How Soon Is Now? (single)
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| 01-duration = 6:43 (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 02 = Girl Afraid
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| 02link = Girl Afraid
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| 02-duration = 2:46 (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 03 = How Soon Is Now?
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| 03link = How Soon Is Now? (single)
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| 03app = (edit)
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| 03-duration = 3:43 (Morrissey/Marr)
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}}
  
===7" Vinyl===
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===7" Vinyl Re-issue===
UK - []<br>
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UK - [WEA YZ 0002]
US - []
 
  
 
{{tracklist
 
{{tracklist
| 01 =  
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| 01 = How Soon Is Now?
| 01link =  
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| 01link = How Soon Is Now? (single)
| 01-duration = : (Morrissey/[[Johnny Marr|Marr]])
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| 01-duration = 6:43 (Morrissey/Marr)
| 02 =  
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| 02 = Hand In Glove
| 02link =  
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| 02link = Hand In Glove (single)
| 02-duration = : (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 02-duration = 3:10 (Morrissey/Marr)
 
}}
 
}}
  
===12" Vinyl===
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===CD 1 Re-issue===
UK - []<br>
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UK - [WEA YZ0002CD1]
US - []  
 
  
 
{{tracklist
 
{{tracklist
| 01 =  
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| 01 = How Soon Is Now?
| 01link =  
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| 01link = How Soon Is Now? (single)
| 01-duration = : (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 01app = (edit)
| 02 =  
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| 01-duration = 3:39 (Morrissey/Marr)
| 02link =  
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| 02 = The Queen Is Dead
| 02-duration = : (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 02link = The Queen Is Dead (song)
| 03 =  
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| 02-duration = 6:06 (Morrissey/Marr)
| 03link =  
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| 03 = Handsome Devil
| 03-duration = : (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 03link = Handsome Devil
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| 03-duration = 2:46 (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 04 = I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
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| 04link = I Started Something I Couldn't Finish (single)
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| 04-duration = 3:47 (Morrissey/Marr)
 
}}
 
}}
  
===CD Single===
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===CD 2 Re-issue===
UK - []
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UK - [WEA YZ0002CD2]
  
 
{{tracklist
 
{{tracklist
| 01 =  
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| 01 = I Know It's Over
| 01link =  
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| 01link = I Know It's Over
| 01-duration = : (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 01-duration = 5:49 (Morrissey/Marr)
| 02 =  
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| 02 = Suffer Little Children
| 02link =  
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| 02link = Suffer Little Children
| 02-duration = : (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 02-duration = 5:29 (Morrissey/Marr)
| 03 =  
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| 03 = Back To The Old House
| 03link =  
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| 03link = Back To The Old House
| 03-duration = : (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 03-duration = 3:04 (Morrissey/Marr)
| 04 =
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| 04 = How Soon Is Now?
| 04link =  
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| 04link = How Soon Is Now? (single)
| 04-duration = : (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 04-duration = 6:43 (Morrissey/Marr)
 
}}
 
}}
  
 
== Lyrics ==
 
== Lyrics ==
  
{{lyrics |
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{{lyrics  
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I am the son and the heir
 
I am the son and the heir
 
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
 
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
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I am Human and I need to be loved
 
I am Human and I need to be loved
 
Just like everybody else does  
 
Just like everybody else does  
 
 
}}
 
}}
 
==Personnel==
 
 
  
 
== Sleeve Artwork ==
 
== Sleeve Artwork ==
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  File:HowsoonUS12.jpg | US 12" cover art. (1985)
 
  File:HowsoonUS12.jpg | US 12" cover art. (1985)
 
  File:Howsoon1992.jpg | Reissue cover art. (1992)
 
  File:Howsoon1992.jpg | Reissue cover art. (1992)
 
 
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
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*[[Sire Records]] Promo Film
 
*[[Sire Records]] Promo Film
  
==Live History==
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{{CommonSongSections | Artist = The Smiths | Song = {{#replace:{{#replace:{{PAGENAME}}| (single)|}}| (song)|}}}}
 
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{{Page
==Appears On==
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|DiscogsAdditionalReleaseId=372700, 374702,1250324, 490493, 490503
File: | ''[[]]'' <br><br><br>(19)
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|WikipediaPageTitle=How_Soon_Is_Now%3F
File: | ''[[]]'' <br><br><br>(19)
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}}
File: | ''[[]]'' <br><br><br>(19)
 
File: | ''[[]]'' <br><br><br>(19)
 
File: | ''[[]]''<br><br><br> (19)
 
</gallery>
 
 
 
== Related Items ==
 
 
 
 
 
== References ==
 

Latest revision as of 20:33, 26 September 2021

Cover art
US 12" cover art
Reissue cover art
THE SMITHS Single
Name How Soon Is Now?
Release 28 January 1985
Length 6:43
3:41 (edit)
Recorded July 1984
August 1984 (Peel Session)
Writer/composer Morrissey/Marr
Producer John Porter
Art work Cover star: Sean Barrett in 'Dunkirk' (1958) / Vanessa Redgrave & David Hemmings in 'Blow-up' (1966)
Vinyl Etching THE TATTY TRUTH
Publisher Rough Trade Records (UK)
Sire Records (US)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #24
UK #16 (reissue)
Single chronology
William, It Was Really Nothing
How Soon Is Now?
Shakespeare's Sister
Single WEA reissue chronology
This Charming Man (WEA reissue)
How Soon Is Now?
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (WEA release)

Information

Track list

7" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RT 176]

  1. How Soon Is Now? – 3:41 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Well I Wonder – 4:00 (Morrissey/Marr)

12" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RTT 176]

  1. How Soon Is Now? – 6:43 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Well I Wonder – 4:00 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. Oscillate Wildly – 3:26 (Morrissey/Marr)

US 12" Vinyl

US - [Sire 0-20284]

  1. How Soon Is Now? – 6:43 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Girl Afraid – 2:46 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. How Soon Is Now? (edit) – 3:43 (Morrissey/Marr)

7" Vinyl Re-issue

UK - [WEA YZ 0002]

  1. How Soon Is Now? – 6:43 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Hand In Glove – 3:10 (Morrissey/Marr)

CD 1 Re-issue

UK - [WEA YZ0002CD1]

  1. How Soon Is Now? (edit) – 3:39 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. The Queen Is Dead – 6:06 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. Handsome Devil – 2:46 (Morrissey/Marr)
  4. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish – 3:47 (Morrissey/Marr)

CD 2 Re-issue

UK - [WEA YZ0002CD2]

  1. I Know It's Over – 5:49 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Suffer Little Children – 5:29 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. Back To The Old House – 3:04 (Morrissey/Marr)
  4. How Soon Is Now? – 6:43 (Morrissey/Marr)

Lyrics

I am the son and the heir Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar I am the son and heir Of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth! How can you say I go about things the wrong way? I am Human and I need to be loved Just like everybody else does

I am the son and the heir Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar I am the son and heir Of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth! How can you say I go about things the wrong way? I am Human and I need to be loved Just like everybody else does

There's a club, if you'd like to go You could meet somebody who really loves you So you go, and you stand on your own And you leave on your own And you go home, and you cry and you want to die

When you say it's gonna happen "now" Well, when exactly do you mean? See, I've already waited too long And all my hope is gone

You shut your mouth! How can you say I go about things the wrong way? I am Human and I need to be loved Just like everybody else does

Sleeve Artwork

Music Video

Credits

Live History

Play count (The Smiths concert): 83

The Smiths live history:

... further results


Play count (Morrissey concert): 509

Morrissey live history:

... further results


Appears On



Discogs Information

Credits

  • Artwork [Sleeve] - Morrissey
  • Bass Guitar - Andy Rourke
  • Drums - Mike Joyce
  • Guitar - Johnny Marr
  • Layout - Caryn Gough
  • Mastered By - Tim Young
  • Music By - Johnny Marr
  • Voice, Sleeve - Morrissey
  • Words By - Steven Morrissey
  • Written-By - Johnny Marr
  • Written-By - Steven Morrissey

Notes

Push-out centre. Other pressings ([r=3509740]) have a solid centre.

Label side A: © 1984 Warner Bros. Music Ltd. From the Rough Trade LP "[r=382135]" (Rough 76)

Label side B: © 1985 Warner Bros. Music Ltd. From the Rough Trade LP "[r=373240]" (Rough 81)

Back cover: Layout by Caryn Gough at Ai Mastered at CBS

Made in the UK ℗ 1985 Rough Trade Records UK distribution by THE CARTEL

Images

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Artwork produced from a still of Sean Barrett taken from the 1958 movie "Dunkirk". Some copies include fold-out poster of front sleeve.

"How Soon Is Now?" From the Rough Trade LP "Hatful Of Hollow" (Rough76) "Well I Wonder" From the Rough Trade LP "Meat Is Murder" (Rough 81)

Side A: © 1984 Warner Bros. Music Side B: © 1985 Warner Bros. Music

Mastered at CBS Made in the UK UK distribution by The Cartel

Images

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

B2 is an alternate US edit and different from the UK 7-inch mix.

[spine] 9 20284-0 A "How Soon Is Now?"/ Girl Afraid" $4.98

[spindle labels] 0-20284 Morrissey Marr Songs Ltd. All rights for the Western Hemisphere Adm. by Warner-Tamerlane Pub. Corp. BMI “SIRE ®” printed to the top-right of the Sire logo.

[back cover] Rough Trade © 1984 Sire Records Company ℗ 1984 Sire Records Company Made in U.S.A.

Some copies are gold foil stamped (Lent for Promotional Use Only....) on the cover.

Images

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Cover stars Vanessa Redgrave & David Hemmings. How Soon Is Now? is taken from the Album "Best... I". Hand In Glove - Original Single Version. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd. (Side A); ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Ltd. (Side B). © 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd.

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

[CD] 1. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd. 2. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd. 3. ℗ BBC 1990 4. ℗ 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd. © 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd.

3. Taken from the [url=/label/BBC-Radio-1]BBC Radio One[/url] John Peel Show which was originally broadcast on 31.5.83. Released by arrangement with BBC Enterprises Ltd.

[Sticker on front, all upper-case] The Smiths ‘How Soon Is Now?’ This double CD box contains part I of a 2 CD set featuring classic tracks not included on ‘[url=/master/571070]Best…[/url]’ Limited Edition YZ0002 CD1

[Additional notes] - Released in a Double-CD case but instead of the 2nd CD the media tray holds a light green CD-shaped cardboard reading: The Smiths The Second [url=/release/490503]HOW SOON IS NOW?[/url] CD-Single fits in this space. Containing three more classic tracks not featured on [url=/master/571070]THE SMITHS BEST…[/url]

- The inlay contains the lyrics of CD1 and CD2. - Durations printed on the release: 3:41 / 6:06 / 2:46 / 3:47

Images

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

"HOW SOON IS NOW?" is taken from the Album "[url=/master/571070]Best . . .[/url]"

Photograph © 1966 Turner Entertainment Co. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd. 1. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd. © 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd. The copyright in this sound recording and artwork is owned by Warner Music U.K. Ltd. A Time Warner Company.

The inlay contains all lyrics. The jewel case has a glued round sticker on the front reading [all upper-case]: The Smiths 'How Soon Is Now?' Contains three classic tracks not featured on '[url=/master/571070]Best...[/url]' YZ0002 CD2

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Wikipedia Information

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"How Soon Is Now?" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths, written by singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. Originally a B-side of the 1984 single "William, It Was Really Nothing", "How Soon Is Now?" was subsequently featured on the compilation album Hatful of Hollow and on US, Canadian, Australian, and Warner UK editions of Meat Is Murder. Belatedly released as a single in the UK in 1985, it reached No. 24 on the UK Singles Chart. When re-released in 1992, it reached No. 16. In 2007, Marr said "How Soon Is Now?" is "possibly [the Smiths'] most enduring record. It's most people's favourite, I think." Despite its prominent place in the Smiths' repertoire, it is not generally considered to be representative of the band's style. Although a club favourite, it did not chart as well as expected. Most commentators put this down to the fact that the song had been out on vinyl in a number of forms before being released as a single in its own right. The original track runs for nearly seven minutes; the 7" single edit cut the length down to under four minutes. The complete version is generally used on compilations. A cover of the song by Love Spit Love was used in the soundtrack for the 1996 film The Craft and later appeared as the theme song of the television series Charmed for eight seasons.