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How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today

How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today is the third album by American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, released on September 13, 1988 on Epic Records, their first album on that label. It was also the band's first album recorded with guitarist Mike Clark, and their only release with bassist Bob Heathcote, who was replaced by Robert Trujillo in 1989.

How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 13, 1988
RecordedApril 1988 at Cherokee Studios
Genre
Length50:17
LabelEpic
ProducerMark Dodson
Suicidal Tendencies
Suicidal Tendencies chronology
Join the Army
(1987)
How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today
(1988)
Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu
(1989)
Singles from How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today
  1. "Trip at the Brain"
    Released: 1988
  2. "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow"
    Released: 1989

Contents

Musical styleEdit

How Will I Laugh... is crucial to Suicidal Tendencies stylistic developments in that it sees the band abandoning most of their full-fledged punk influences in favor of a more thrash metal-oriented sound. One could see this stylistic changes in this album's predecessor Join the Army, but this album had a distinctly more defined metal sound; more complex and lengthy songs, as well as better production values.

The addition of a rhythm guitarist, Mike Clark (who had played with Muir in No Mercy, which was supposed to originally be a metal only side project) changed the band's style heavily as well. Clark writes much of the music for this album, and he gives lead guitarist Rocky George more soloing time. Thus creating another factor in this album and future albums' more metal-oriented sound.

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic      [1]

Reviews for How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today have been mostly positive. AllMusic's Steve Huey awards the album four-and-a-half stars out of five, and described it as "one of its best efforts". For the musical direction, Huey states, "The band's thrashy fusion of its hardcore roots with speed metal was fully developed by this point, and Mike Muir's social commentary and self-analysis were as ragingly compelling and by turns amusing as ever."[1]

How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today was moderately successful, peaking at #111 on the Billboard 200. It remained on that chart for eleven weeks.[2] The album featured singles "Trip at the Brain" and the title track, both of which managed to become successful with their target audiences.

In August 2014, Revolver placed the album on its "14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own" list.[3]

Track listingEdit

Original releaseEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Trip at the Brain"Mike Clark, Mike Muir4:32
2."Hearing Voices"Louiche Mayorga, Muir4:13
3."Pledge Your Allegiance"Mayorga, Muir4:32
4."How Will I Laugh Tomorrow"Clark, Muir6:44
5."The Miracle"Clark, Muir5:28
6."Surf and Slam"Rocky George (guitar solo), Suicidal Tendencies2:51
7."If I Don't Wake Up"Clark, Muir4:53
8."Sorry?!"George, Muir3:47
9."One Too Many Times"Clark, Muir3:13
10."The Feeling's Back"Clark, Muir4:04

CD versionEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Trip at the Brain"Clark, Muir4:32
2."Hearing Voices"Mayorga, Muir4:13
3."Pledge Your Allegiance"Mayorga, Muir4:32
4."How Will I Laugh Tomorrow"Clark, Muir6:44
5."The Miracle"Clark, Muir5:28
6."Suicyco Mania"Mayorga, Muir5:52
7."Surf and Slam"Rocky George (guitar solo), Suicidal Tendencies2:51
8."If I Don't Wake Up"Clark, Muir4:53
9."Sorry?!"George, Muir3:47
10."One Too Many Times"Clark, Muir3:13
11."The Feeling's Back"Clark, Muir4:04
  • Track notes: "Suicyco Mania" is exclusive to the CD version of the album and does not appear on the vinyl or cassette versions. A near instrumental version (removing all the vocals outside of the title chant) was released as the B-side of "Trip at the Brain" and can also be heard on the F.N.G. compilation.

CreditsEdit

Photography by Mark "Weissguy" Weiss

Chart positionsEdit

AlbumEdit

Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1988 The Billboard 200 111

TriviaEdit

  • Actor John Cusack appears in the video for Trip At The Brain.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today - Suicidal Tendencies". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  3. ^ "14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own". Revolver.com. August 29, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2014.