"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"|
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
UK 7" [Rough Trade RT156]
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
UK 12" [Rough Trade RTT156]
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Denmark: This single was promoted in Denmark with copies of the UK 7" with orange Danish press release and a postcard showing a close-up of cover star Viv Nicholson's face.
France: Stock copies of the 12" were stamped with a promo warning so they could be used for promotion of the single. The stamp states "Disque gratuit interdit a la vente", the words forming an embossed circle in the upper right corner of the sleeve.
Germany: Promos of this single were stock copies with a white round 'Promotional Copy' sticker on the front, dispatched to media with a yellow and white INFO sheet dated '06/84'. These may have had an additional green sticker fixed to the record's label.
Japan: Promo 12"s had the usual white SAMPLE sticker on the sleeve and the extra promo characters printed on the record's label.
"There was all that fuss about 'Suffer Little Children' in the newspapers, all these comments and opinions from people who knew nothing about the group and nothing about music. I felt very sad and angry about that, so much just being headlines. Nobody had approached me and there were long, inflated comments, "Morrissey says this..." and "Morrissey wrote it for this reason...". All of it was totally untrue and I couldn't understand why nobody had asked me. At one point, someone from The Daily Mail rang up, giving me the chance to give my side of the story. Of course, they weren't interested that I got on famously with the parents of the victims. So, they wouldn't print the story. Well, that really upset me."
Did you anticipate the reaction to 'Suffer Little Children'?
"Veiling the Moors Murders is wrong. We must bring it to the fore. If we don't overstate things, they'll continue to happen. We don't forget the atrocities of Hitler, do we? In the north, I was painted as a hideous Satanic monster, and the word was that I had upset Ann West [Lesley Anne's mother]. In fact, I had not, and have since become great friends with her. She is a formidable figure."
"For me life was never easy, but it wasn't even acceptable until the release of 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now'. I liked that record and good times seemed to happen to me then. I'll look back on them as pleasant days. But before then I'd never felt it. I was making records that though successful weren't really quite clicking with me. It was like I'd still had this hangover from the years of nothingness, of being on the dole, having to live in that horrible atmosphere of communicating with the DHSS, people saying why are you writing this absurd song. 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now' seemed to me an enormous release... It had got to the point where I was this totally separate character from the group. I was never asked about them or the music. I'd feel there was always this desire to create a caricature of me - a repressed priest, insane pseudo axeman, or whatever... But with 'Heaven Knows...' everything fell into perspective. Previous to that I was just running around trying to keep everybody happy."
"... we went to America to play Danceteria on New Year's Eve and Mike got ill so we couldn't do the rest of the gigs, and 'Heaven Knows' was written in a hotel room while me and Morrissey were waiting to go home. And I wrote the music for 'Girl Afraid' the day I got back, so really we were more concerned with what came next. I don't really like 'Heaven Knows'. Well, I like it but less than the others. I don't like the tune and the backing track. I don't like the rhythm or anything."
"Probably the seminal Smiths single. Dead sad, dead funny."
"...I must be one of the small number of people who actually believe that The Smiths are not the saviours of Western Pop as we know it. Apart from 'This Charming Man', what difference have The Smiths made except to re-inforce how boring and ordinary groups can be these days? You have to do more than dish out a staple diet of Oscar Wilde, teenage angst, existentialism, and Sandie Shaw infatuations to see this boy crumble. The ambiguity of their lyrics might well be an applauding point but that's just a drop in the ocean compared to the straight faced dourness of most of their music. That said, 'Heaven Only Knows' [sic] cunningly re-dresses the balance. A jewel of a melody, a timeless arrangement, the sheer languid charm of Morrissey's vocal performance, the deeper suggestions of his words, the buried ideas, all add up to the proverbial shiver-down-the-spine. It's a record like this that makes me start to understand the love vested in them, even if the last time I saw Morrissey he had approximately half his front lawn hanging out of his back pocket. And if you're about to complain bitterly about the NME building them up to knock them down policy, forget it. I never promised them a rose garden."
"It's another Smiths single, isn't it? They're very good, I like their attitude and approach, but they always seem so apathetic that I don't really feel like giving them any sympathy. They turn apathy into a fine art.