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The Smiths — Bigmouth Strikes Again
Album: The Queen Is Dead
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Total ratings: 2500









Released: 1986
Length: 3:00
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking
When I said I'd like to smash every tooth
In your head
Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking
When I said by rights you should be
Bludgeoned in your bed

And now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know how Joan of Arc felt
As the flames rose to her Roman nose
And her walkman started to melt

Bigmouth
Bigmouth
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the Human race

Bigmouth
Bigmouth
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the Human race

And now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know how Joan of Arc felt
As the flames rose to her Roman nose
And her hearing aid started to melt

Bigmouth
Bigmouth
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the Human race

Bigmouth
Bigmouth
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the Human race

Bigmouth
Bigmouth
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the Human race

Bigmouth
Bigmouth
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the Human race
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Johnny Mar is superb on this track😊
From the Smiths Wiki: 
Ann Coates is a fictional singer credited with backing vocals on the 1986 single "Bigmouth Strikes Again" by The Smiths, also included on their album The Queen Is Dead.

In reality, the singer-on-helium effect was achieved by speeding up a regular harmony part by singer Morrissey. Morrissey and co-producer Johnny Marr then jokingly decided to credit this to a fictitious person.

"Her" name is derived from the Manchester district of Ancoats.
Seems like the lyrics are from a random text generator.  But the music is grooving, so who cares?
 junebaby65 wrote:
Love the guitar work on this.  Johnny Marr is underrated.  
 

By whom? Names and badge numbers please!

We'll hunt them down and then they'll know how Joan of Arc felt.
Now i know.     He knows how Joan D'arc  felt
Oh, if our president only had a conscience attached to his bigmouth...but he never will. 
Just superb. A rare ten from me.
dear pinhead,
lets hear you sing


 

 junebaby65 wrote:
Love the guitar work on this.  Johnny Marr is underrated.  
 

Yes, Johnny Marr is an excellent guitarist but I can’t stand Morrisey’s voice
 SmackDaddy wrote:

And how the hell did he know she had a hearing aid?
 
And I'm not 100% convinced she had a Walkman either  
(Dances unabashedly on the gym floor as the wife shakes her head and pretends not to know me) 10!
"Big mouth, fa la la la?"
 cely wrote:
Johnny Marr is one of the very best guitar innovators, and I've made peace with Morrisey's voice.  My friend used to call it "Little Lord Fauntleroy whining for a biscuit," but now I just hear it as one piece of a great band.  What bugs me about this song is the gall (Gaul?) of comparing yourself to Joan of Arc.  Really?  You know how she felt to lead an army?  To talk to Saints? To be burned at the stake?  Get some perspective.
 
I don't think he's really comparing himself to JoA. It's called humour. Arf, arf...
 cely wrote:
Johnny Marr is one of the very best guitar innovators, and I've made peace with Morrisey's voice.  My friend used to call it "Little Lord Fauntleroy whining for a biscuit," but now I just hear it as one piece of a great band.  What bugs me about this song is the gall (Gaul?) of comparing yourself to Joan of Arc.  Really?  You know how she felt to lead an army?  To talk to Saints? To be burned at the stake?  Get some perspective.
 
And how the hell did he know she had a hearing aid?
 hbs47 wrote:

Can only second this. How can he be sing so tunelessly? 
 
How can you write so ungrammarly?
 Rockit9 wrote:
I like the backup vocal by Alvin!
 

Used too much. Really annoys me when I'm hungry. Dammit. 
 cely wrote:
Johnny Marr is one of the very best guitar innovators, and I've made peace with Morrisey's voice.  My friend used to call it "Little Lord Fauntleroy whining for a biscuit," but now I just hear it as one piece of a great band.  What bugs me about this song is the gall (Gaul?) of comparing yourself to Joan of Arc.  Really?  You know how she felt to lead an army?  To talk to Saints? To be burned at the stake?  Get some perspective.
 
Ah, you've rather missed Mozza's tongue-in-cheek irony here. He's deliberately being over the top in his lyrics.
I like the backup vocal by Alvin!
 cely wrote:
Johnny Marr is one of the very best guitar innovators, and I've made peace with Morrisey's voice.  My friend used to call it "Little Lord Fauntleroy whining for a biscuit," but now I just hear it as one piece of a great band.  What bugs me about this song is the gall (Gaul?) of comparing yourself to Joan of Arc.  Really?  You know how she felt to lead an army?  To talk to Saints? To be burned at the stake?  Get some perspective.
 
His lyrics tended to contain a lot hyperbole and irony; he wasn't making a historical comparison in this song.  You know - poetic license and all.  Do you really think he wanted to "smash every tooth" in the subject's head, or thought they "should be bludgeoned in (their) bed" as well?
Love the guitar work on this.  Johnny Marr is underrated.  
Imagine writing these lyrics now... 😳
Johnny Marr is one of the very best guitar innovators, and I've made peace with Morrisey's voice.  My friend used to call it "Little Lord Fauntleroy whining for a biscuit," but now I just hear it as one piece of a great band.  What bugs me about this song is the gall (Gaul?) of comparing yourself to Joan of Arc.  Really?  You know how she felt to lead an army?  To talk to Saints? To be burned at the stake?  Get some perspective.
 skuzzfud wrote:

I always enjoy singing along to any Smiths song using the lyrics from any OTHER Smiths song. Try it. Works flawlessly.This is the only enjoyment I gain from Smiths songs.



 
That's funny, mate!  If only I knew lyrics to their songs I could try it!  I was actually about to go 5→6 on this, then heard that 'chipmunk' backing vocal...and went 5→4. 

I always enjoy singing along to any Smiths song using the lyrics from any OTHER Smiths song. Try it. Works flawlessly.This is the only enjoyment I gain from Smiths songs.


 DrLex wrote:
At one point, probably due to chronic fatigue or some other health problem, I've had this song stuck in my head for a whole week. No matter how much music I listened to, when I stopped playing it, the song would return within a few minutes. Surprisingly, it doesn't drive me mad when I hear it again now.
If you think that must have been awful, it has also happened with “Beautiful Stranger” from Madonna. I'll take Bigmouth over that one any time.

 
DrLex, are you a medical doctor?  If so I would seek a second opinion on your ailment because those two songs are insidious ear worms and will definitely need treatment!


 DocStrangelove wrote:
such a great band
such a horrible singer

 
Can only second this. How can he be sing so tunelessly? 
Best of the Best
such a great band
such a horrible singer


Their very best
At one point, probably due to chronic fatigue or some other health problem, I've had this song stuck in my head for a whole week. No matter how much music I listened to, when I stopped playing it, the song would return within a few minutes. Surprisingly, it doesn't drive me mad when I hear it again now.
If you think that must have been awful, it has also happened with “Beautiful Stranger” from Madonna. I'll take Bigmouth over that one any time.
good one.
I just find Morrisey's voice horrendously annoying, which is a shame, since this would otherwise be a brilliant song. Johnny Marr is top-notch.
Some really awesome guitar work there Mr. Marr.
 SmackDaddy wrote:

30 years late to the party?

 
Never too late for a Smiths party.
 
 coloradojohn wrote:
Behind the cynical lyrics and snarky vocals (which I love; I think they're among the best in Music at doing it) there's the Marr guitar.

 
And Andy Rourke's bass lines. 
Behind the cynical lyrics and snarky vocals (which I love; I think they're among the best in Music at doing it) there's the Marr guitar.
 fredriley wrote:

He is maudlin, whiny and incredibly irritating, as a person - I'd hate to be stuck in a lift with him. However, his songs and The Smiths were quite brilliant, inventive and witty.

 
     Quite agree with that. I can't stand his solo work, but with Marr and Co., his grousing is tolerable.
 DuncanC wrote:
I've always found Morrissey maudlin, whiny, and incredibly irritating. I usually have to turn off RP whenever you play Morrissey or the Smiths. I for one vote to permanently remove his puling from the RP playlist.

 
He is maudlin, whiny and incredibly irritating, as a person - I'd hate to be stuck in a lift with him. However, his songs and The Smiths were quite brilliant, inventive and witty.

What's "puling" when it's at home?
 heatherchutson@gmail.com wrote:
I actually am liking Morrisey and the Smiths more and more.

 
30 years late to the party?
Well 12:55 here in the east.  With this song playing, time to turn it off and go back to work.  Yuk.
I actually am liking Morrisey and the Smiths more and more.
What a load of boring dullness
Outstanding tune , album, and band..{#Cool}
PSD PSD PSD {#Frustrated}    {#Arghhh}   
 bokey wrote:
Need auto PSD

 
one more vote on this feature
Need auto PSD
 DuncanC wrote:
I've always found Morrissey maudlin, whiny, and incredibly irritating. I usually have to turn off RP whenever you play Morrissey or the Smiths. I for one vote to permanently remove his puling from the RP playlist.

 
i'm with you on that - but no need to switch off - checkout the PSD (Play Sumat Different) feature - works for me{#Smile}
PSD for me thanks.
Nuff said.
Thank you & Goodnight
...and I'm just reading about Morrissey storming off stage in Warsaw after he gets insulted by fan... {#Think}
An easy 1.
An easy 10.


....... a worthy 9 from Manchester's finest
 MilesW wrote:
Sick sad crap.
 
You bring new meaning to the title of this song. (you set yourself up for that one!)
Sick sad crap.
A comedic classic.  10 
{#Bananapiano} 
One of rock and roll's great lines:

"Now I know how Joan of Arc felt"
Never realized how disturbing this song is.
So back in '86 I abhored Morrisey and his flower waving ways.
I think I mellowed, love it now! 
 
Why not try listening to Alanis Morissette for a change? {#Sunny}



 subdude wrote:
Getting very sick of wining singers!

 



Everybody in my church loves this song...
 

listened to this on 11

wished there was a higher-rez version  


Absolute classic!!


Going to see Johnny Marr play in a month or two and will probably hear most of the big Smiths hits without Morrissey singing them. Guitar legend that he is, I am seeing him at a small venue and it will be packed with people wanting to party. . . I can't wait!
This song is too damn good!!
Brilliant song.  Read this letter from Morrissey to a pen pal from the early 80s, https://www.lettersofnote.com/2010/09/accept-me-for-what-i-am-completely.html
 valeriogonzalez wrote:
I FUCKING LOVE THE SMIIIIIIIIITHS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! {#Dancingbanana}
 
DITTO!
super wondrous, Smiths are GREAT
morrisey's big mouth strikes again 
I FUCKING LOVE THE SMIIIIIIIIITHS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! {#Dancingbanana}


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
Where is the -10 score, please stop playing this tuneless mutt. Band are great, but unfortunately instant mute.
Godlike is the only appropriate description.
maybe you would like broadway tunes from the 40's
I've always found Morrissey maudlin, whiny, and incredibly irritating. I usually have to turn off RP whenever you play Morrissey or the Smiths. I for one vote to permanently remove his puling from the RP playlist.
I see Chip n Dale are still recording as session vocalists then.
"Sweetness"? All I can think of, in the context of this sort of psychotic song is Colbert

sweetness

sweetness


 fredriley wrote:

It's debatable and uncertain, at least going by his Wikipedia entry. With his narcissism and egotism, though, I suspect that the only person he really fancies is himself.

  Brutal. Likely accurate, but brutal.


I must have been busy listening to R.E.M. when this album came out back in the day. Not a complete waste of time, but some of it could have been better spent.
Getting very sick of wining singers!

marvelous...


 
Marr does some excellent guitar work on this.
 Cellocaster_Paul wrote:
Man, I had so much more ENERGY when this song came out...
 
You hit the nail on the head. I can't imagine being up at 2:30am to put this on the turntable one more time. Loaded with memories, this.
flames rose to her Roman nose.... and her hearing aid started to melt.
 Hannio wrote:
You know, I thought I'd never say this, but after being forced to listen to the Smiths and Morrissey on RP, I think I have started to acquire a taste for them. 
 
My feelings exactly. RP has been a big part of my musical education, opening my ears to stuff I thought I didn't like. 


 Cellocaster_Paul wrote:
Man, I had so much more ENERGY when this song came out...
 
You're not the only one.  Great tune.
Man, I had so much more ENERGY when this song came out...
 romeotuma wrote:

I love this song...  it is good for the ears...

 
 
Very much so, Romeo.  I have very pleasant memories connected to this tune - despite (or perhaps because of) its unorthodox lyrics.




We be dancing...  love it...


 fredriley wrote:

It's debatable and uncertain, at least going by his Wikipedia entry. With his narcissism and egotism, though, I suspect that the only person he really fancies is himself.

 

{#Lol}Fred, you alright. Great song BTW.
 apd wrote:
But PS: pretty certain Moz is gay.)

 
It's debatable and uncertain, at least going by his Wikipedia entry. With his narcissism and egotism, though, I suspect that the only person he really fancies is himself.



love it...

 
 fredriley wrote:

STFU homophobe. As it happens, Morrissey isn't gay, at least publicly, though there's plainly an element of homoeroticism in his work. And if he were gay, WTF difference would it make?

Oh, and quit molesting Marina.

 
Nicely done, Fred, with an obscure Gerry Anderson reference FTW.



(But PS: pretty certain Moz is gay.)

I've been on both sides of the love-hate relationship with Morrissey and the Smiths.  Right now I rate this a 9.
One of the great Smiths tracks. I love moving to this! 
 Anax wrote:
Wasn't there, don't get him at all.
 
It's pop anarchy. There's nothing to get.

Throw everything on your desk into the fire and go dancing down the middle of the street.

I gave it a 9.

Wasn't there, don't get him at all.
The Smiths is Dead

big mouth by ~unedeuxtrois
Tory Foulk   ©2007-2010 ~unedeuxtrois

i've been listening to the smiths a lot lately.



 Stingray wrote:
HATE GAY-ROCKERS with lyrical attitudes!
 
STFU homophobe. As it happens, Morrissey isn't gay, at least publicly, though there's plainly an element of homoeroticism in his work. And if he were gay, WTF difference would it make?

Oh, and quit molesting Marina.

 quesarah wrote:
Good LORD.    Sweetness.   ( Reminds me of Colbert. )

What is/was wrong with that guy?
 
He was, and still is, an arrested adolescent with the emotional maturity of a 14yo. Great songwriter, and I used to be a major Smiths fan, but he's not the sort of guy you'd want to be stuck in the lift with. Or, if you're a woman, go out with. It's fair to say that he has 'emotional issues', but for us listeners that's a plus as his adolescent angst generates great songs.

 sirdroseph wrote:
I actually understand why some might not like this, however, I do.{#Clap}
 


I love this song...  it is good for the ears...

 
I actually understand why some might not like this, however, I do.{#Clap}
i really try hard not to listen to the lyrics, unfortunately they seep in like a leak in your boat. Now i want to gouge out my ears with a rusty fork. MOMMY

I wish I would have seen them live.


Good LORD.    Sweetness.   ( Reminds me of Colbert. )

What is/was wrong with that guy?
 dedawson wrote:
Make it stop!!!!!
  
        The best we can do is mute.  Sorry.
Make it stop!!!!!
 ejmusik wrote:
Nice follow up to the B Jaxx. !!! RP is back on track. Thank GOD!!!!{#Dancingbanana}

 

yeah, who knew Morrissey could be the mellow alternative to anything.
Nice follow up to the B Jaxx. !!! RP is back on track. Thank GOD!!!!{#Dancingbanana}

 peter_james_bond wrote:

You think I have a problem, take a look at Stingray. He keeps shouting at us in type! By the way, I give people like crocky a hard time because a lot of his comments and ratings are negative. I figure if he can dish it out he can take it.

 
I hear ya, PJ.  A screaming homophobe.  Charming.

 nate917 wrote:
Humble?  You're being kind to yourself, and you missed Crocky's double entendre.

This song is a painful reminder of the woman who broke my heart.  A cold and disillusioned 1 from the Brokingham Jury.
 
You think I have a problem, take a look at Stingray. He keeps shouting at us in type! By the way, I give people like crocky a hard time because a lot of his comments and ratings are negative. I figure if he can dish it out he can take it.

I could do without that vocal effect (doubled to sound like a chipmunk)...

it is quite annoying.
 peter_james_bond wrote:

Bigmouth strikes again. {#Wink} I humbly disagree, as do most of the raters, The Smiths consistently created songs that didn't suck.

 
Humble?  You're being kind to yourself, and you missed Crocky's double entendre.

This song is a painful reminder of the woman who broke my heart.  A cold and disillusioned 1 from the Brokingham Jury.

 peter_james_bond wrote:

Bigmouth strikes again. {#Wink} I humbly disagree, as do most of the raters, The Smiths consistently created songs that didn't suck.

 
Hmm...we must have been listening with different ears. Gasp. We were! Mine don't like this.{#No}
 romeotuma wrote:


This song rocks... 
 

rocks...?? tzzzzzzzzz.....
HATE GAY-ROCKERS with lyrical attitudes!

Where would MORRIGAY be without that guitar?

HATE HIS FACE!



This song rocks...  love it...


 crockydile wrote:
Consistent with The Smiths, this sucks.
 
Bigmouth strikes again. {#Wink} I humbly disagree, as do most of the raters, The Smiths consistently created songs that didn't suck.

Consistent with The Smiths, this sucks.
 MacHazzer wrote:

You should try and read the Morrissey-solo forum...

  In two minutes you'll be slashing your wrists...


 adroc wrote:
Isn't it fun to have these polarizing bands/artists like The Smiths, The Cure, Radiohead, Neil Young, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Death Cab for Cutie, etc. that people either love or hate.  For some reason, I'm usually on the love side.  Anyway, it definitely makes the Comments boards much more interesting than comments on The Beatles, where it's a unanimous love-in.
 
You should try and read the Morrissey-solo forum...