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"Bengali in Platforms" is a Morrissey song from his debut album Viva Hate. It refers to a Bengali boy who is living in the UK, and trying, but failing, to fit in.[1] The title for the song was penned in a "Smiths" session after guitarist Johnny Marr left the group, they were rehearsing with former Easterhouse member Ivor Perry.

"Bengali in Platforms"
Song by Morrissey
from the album Viva Hate
ReleasedMarch 22, 1988
RecordedWinter 1987
GenreAlternative rock
Songwriter(s)Stephen Street, Morrissey
Viva Hate track listing
  1. "Alsatian Cousin"
  2. "Little Man, What Now?"
  3. "Everyday Is Like Sunday"
  4. "Bengali in Platforms"
  5. "Angel, Angel Down We Go Together"
  6. "Late Night, Maudlin Street"
  7. "Suedehead"
  8. "Break Up the Family"
  9. "The Ordinary Boys"
  10. "I Don't Mind If You Forget Me"
  11. "Dial-a-Cliché"
  12. "Margaret on the Guillotine"


  1. ^ Zuberi, Nabeel (2001). Sounds English: Transnational Popular Music. Chicago: University of Illinois Press. p. 62. ISBN 9780252026201.

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