How Soon Is Now?

"How Soon Is Now?"
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Single by The Smiths
from the album Hatful of Hollow and Meat Is Murder
B-side"Well I Wonder"
"Oscillate Wildly"
Released28 January 1985 (1985-01-28)
RecordedJuly 1984
StudioJam, London
Genre
Length6:44
LabelRough Trade
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)John Porter
The Smiths singles chronology
"William, It Was Really Nothing"
(1984)
"How Soon Is Now?"
(1985)
"Shakespeare's Sister"
(1985)
Music video
"How Soon Is Now?" on YouTube

"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."[3] Despite its prominent place in the Smiths' repertoire, it is not generally considered to be representative of the band's style.[2] 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.

  1. ^ Grow, Kory (24 October 2014). "See Noel Gallagher Join Johnny Marr for Electric Iggy Pop and Smiths Covers". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 14 March 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b DiGravina, Tim. "Song review: How Soon Is Now". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 23 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  3. ^ Uncut, March 2007: p.48

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