Singles (The Smiths album)
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Singles is the seventh compilation album by English rock band The Smiths, pitched as a compilation of previously issued singles. It was released in February 1995 by the new owner of their back catalogue, WEA (Sire Records in the United States). Its highest British chart position was #5; it did not chart in the United States. Blender magazine listed the album among the "500 CDs You Must Own" on their website.
|Greatest hits album by|
|Released||February 20, 1995|
|Genre||Alternative rock, indie pop|
|Label||Warner Music Group|
|Producer||John Porter, The Smiths, Roger Pusey, Dale "Buffin" Griffin and Stephen Street|
|The Smiths chronology|
WEA (now the Warner Music Group) acquired the entire Smiths back catalogue in early 1992. After re-releasing all of The Smiths' original albums and compilations and issuing a two-volume best of compilation (Best...I and ...Best II) in 1992, they decided to celebrate The Smiths' reputation as a "singles band" by issuing a collection of the band's singles in 1995. Only the singles released in the UK were included.
Despite the album's title, the Singles versions of "Hand in Glove", "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" and "Ask" were not the original single mixes. Similarly, "What Difference Does It Make?", "How Soon Is Now?", "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" and "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" were the full-length album versions, that are on the original 12´ singles, as opposed to the original single edits.
WEA decided to promote the album in the UK by re-releasing the "Ask" single with its two original B-sides, "Cemetry Gates" and "Golden Lights". The single charted at #62. In the United States, Sire decided to release "Sweet and Tender Hooligan", a single of rarities, to promote the album, with a newly designed sleeve by Morrissey. It failed to chart.
All tracks are written by Morrissey/Marr.
- Mike Joyce – drums
- Johnny Marr – guitars, keyboard instruments, harmonica, synthesized saxophone, string and flute arrangements
- Morrissey – vocals
- Andy Rourke – bass guitar, cello on "Shakespeare's Sister"
Certifications and salesEdit
|Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)||Gold||100,000*|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- "Allmusic review".
- "Brazilian album certifications – The Smiths – Queen Is Dad" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
- "British album certifications – The Smiths – Queen Is Dad". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 May 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Queen Is Dad in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.