How Soon Is Now? Introduction
“How Soon is Now?” is The Smiths most recognizable song. Some of their hardcore fans may argue that musically it’s neither the band’s best nor most representative piece, but even they have to agree that lyrically the song is pretty typical of Morrissey, the band’s lead singer. Whether mocked as the Pope of Mope or celebrated as the voice of the alienated, Morrissey is at his best when exploring his and others’ loneliness.
In exploring this common human experience, Morrissey was honoring The Smiths’ founding purpose to be a voice for “ordinary” people. But many would argue that the band has never been all that ordinary and that Morrissey in particular neither thinks nor acts like an “ordinary” person.
So does this mean that the band failed to achieve its “ordinary” ambitions? Were The Smiths instead a band for the extraordinary and uncommon? Or somehow, did the band manage to be both ordinary and unordinary at the same time?
About the Song
|Artist||The Smiths||Musician(s)||Morrissey (vocals), Johnny Marr (guitar), Andy Rourke (bass), Mike Joyce (drums)|
|Album||Hatful of Hollow and Meat is Murder (originally released as a B-side to the single “William, It Was Really Nothing”)|
|Writer(s)||Johnny Marr, Morrissey|
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Morrissey has brought his fair share of controversy along, though, too. He is notorious for feuding with political figures and other celebrities. He has been known to criticize artists like Elton John and Madonna for being more interested in fame than music, and he’s even been known to take shots at the British Royal Family, although that isn’t as shocking to Americans.