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Bengali In Platforms
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Recording for Viva Hate commenced at The Wool Hall studios in Bath, England in early October and would last until late December. Street recruited Durutti Column guitarist Vini Reilly and session drummer Andrew Paresi to back Morrissey, with Street himself taking over bass duties.
Viva Hate was was released on 14 March 1988 by HMV Records and debuted at #1 on the UK charts.
EMI, in celebration of their 100th anniversary, released a special edition of Viva Hate in the UK in 1997. In addition to featuring brand new artwork, including a new cover shot by Eamonn McCabe, the Centenary Edition features 8 bonus tracks — only one of which was contemporaneous with the album. Surprisingly, "Hairdresser On Fire" does not appear on this version despite originally appearing on the North American version of the album as a bonus track.
On 02 April 2012, a newly remastered special edition of Viva Hate, supervised by Stephen Street, was released. Controversially, Morrissey chose to omit one of the album's original tracks, "The Ordinary Boys," and include the session demo "Treat Me Like A Human Being." In addition to the track list changes, the intro and extended fadeout of "Late Night, Maudlin Street" has been edited. The original album artwork was restored for this release, however, the typeface font on the front cover has been changed, as was the case with the 2011 Bona Drag remaster.
No, no, no He does not want to depress you Oh, no, no, no, no, no He only wants to impress you
Bengali in platforms He only wants to embrace your culture And to be your friend forever Forever...
Bengali, Bengali Bengali, Bengali
Oh, shelve your Western plans and understand That life is hard enough when you belong here
A silver-studded rim that glistens And an ankle-star that blinds me A lemon sole so very high Which only reminds me, to tell you
Break the news gently Break the news to him gently "Shelve your plans" "Shelve your plans, shelve them"
Bengali, Bengali It's the touchy march of time that binds you Don't blame me, don't hate me Just because I'm the one to tell you
That life is hard enough when you belong here That life is hard enough when you belong here
Shelve your Western plans Shelve your Western plans Cause life is hard enough when you belong Life is hard enough when you belong here
Shelve your Western plans Shelve your Western plans Cause life is hard enough when you belong here Life is hard enough when you belong
- Morrissey - Vocals
- Vini Reilly - Guitars, Keyboards
- Stephen Street - Bass guitar, guitars
- Andrew Paresi - Drums
- John Metcalfe - Viola
- Fenella Barton - Violin
- Mark Davies - Cello
- Richard Koster - Violin
- Robert Wollard - Cello
- Rachel Maguire - Cello
- Producer - Stephen Street
- Assistant Engineer - Steve Williams
- Art co-ordination - Jo Slee
- Layout - Caryn Gough
- Photography - Anton Corbijn
- Photography - Steve Wright
Play count (Morrissey concert): 0
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