The Smiths’ Andy Rourke: “You can’t make an LP called Meat Is Murder and then slip out for a burger”

Morrissey is on the front cover of the new issue of Uncut – out now – and inside we celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Smiths’ Meat Is Murder with an in-depth, inside look at the making of the group’s second record, released 30 years ago.

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Morrissey is on the front cover of the new issue of Uncut – out now – and inside we celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Smiths’ Meat Is Murder with an in-depth, inside look at the making of the group’s second record, released 30 years ago.

With help from band members, close associates and contemporaries – even Neil Kinnock – we learn about awkward moments in Little Chefs, car races with OMD and the use of sausages as an offensive weapon. We also look at the political climate of the time, and how that influenced the band’s vegetarianism.

“You can’t record an album called Meat Is Murder and slip out for a burger,” observes Andy Rourke.

“One time, we stopped at a service station to get some breakfast. Everyone ordered scrambled eggs or fried eggs or whatever. I ordered the full English breakfast.

“When it arrived, Morrissey left the table. Then Johnny left the table. Then Mike left the table. So I was sat on my own with this English breakfast feeling very uncomfortable. I went vegetarian after that.”

The new Uncut, dated March 2015, is out now.


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