Bigmouth Strikes Again

"Bigmouth Strikes Again" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths. It appears on their third album The Queen Is Dead and was the lead single from the album, reaching No. 26 in the UK Singles Chart. It is also the closing song on the band's only live album, Rank.

"Bigmouth Strikes Again"
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Single by The Smiths
from the album The Queen Is Dead
B-side"Money Changes Everything"
Released19 May 1986 (1986-05-19)
RecordedAugust-September 1985
StudioRAK Studios, London
LabelRough Trade
  • Morrissey
  • Johnny Marr
The Smiths singles chronology
"The Boy with the Thorn in His Side"
"Bigmouth Strikes Again"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Music and lyricsEdit

The lyrics describe the protagonist's response to others taking issue with his comments, to which he replies "I was only joking".

During the song, the protagonist compares himself to Joan of Arc as "the flames rose to her Roman nose" and also says "now I know how Joan of Arc felt".[2] The line, "and her Walkman started to melt'", is often changed by Morrissey in live performances, to the more technologically current "and her iPod started to melt".[3] (On a similar basis when Placebo covered the track the line was changed to "and her Discman/Megadrive started to melt", referencing the sought after tech of the time)

The backing vocal is Morrissey's own voice altered to a higher pitch. This is credited to "Ann Coates", a reference to the Manchester district of Ancoats.[4]

Track listingEdit

7" RT192
1."Bigmouth Strikes Again"3:12
2."Money Changes Everything"4:40
12" RTT192
1."Bigmouth Strikes Again"3:12
2."Money Changes Everything"4:40


The single version's sleeve cover contains a photograph of James Dean by Nelva Jean Thomas.


Chart Peak
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 26


The song is covered by Placebo as a B-side to "Nancy Boy", as well as on Disc 2 of the Sleeping with Ghosts special edition and on the various artists compilation The Smiths Is Dead.[citation needed]


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