Credit: Morrissey

Hear Morrissey’s isolated vocal on The Smiths song ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’

When The Smiths arrived on the mainstream there was one thing that set them apart from the crowd—Morrissey. Love him or loathe him, the singer’s vocal intensity and projection is undeniably captivating and one of the sole reasons that The Smiths became as iconic as they are.

In this isolated vocal track of The Smiths’ 1987 track ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’, you can hear the powerful idiosyncracies Morrissey implemented into every note and reel in wonderment of how he can do it all with such a morose tone.

Originally appearing on Morrissey-Solo and now uploaded to YouTube courtesy of WhoColor, the isolated vocals act as a reminder of the singular sound Morrissey brought to The Smiths. While Johnny Marr’s contribution to the band is undeniable, his jangling guitars provided the perfect backdrop for Moz’s lyrics, in 1983 when the group broke into the mainstream, it was the singer with flowers in his pocket that everyone was talking about.

Right from the band’s very beginning, Morrissey and Marr enjoyed their roles within the group. Johnny Marr’s guitar talent and musical nous would guide the band toward success and critical integrity and Morrissey would deliver lyrically and, more prominently perhaps, vocally. Right up until the end of the band (and in his solo work after) Morrissey let his vocal soar and it became his stamp of uniqueness.

On Strangeways, Here We Come, The Smiths’ fourth and final record, sits one of the band’s most treasured numbers, ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’. A Moz classic, the track deals with mistrust, relationships, their fragility, and the self-medication that subsequently arrives. It’s your basic Morrissey selection of themes.

The song was originally intended to be released as a single instead of ‘I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish’. However, because the song contained the lyric “plan a mass murder” it was banned from daytime airplay by the BBC due to the then-recent Hungerford massacre.

It meant the song, in the UK at least, remains a universal deep-cut.

It’s still a widely loved a fan favourite and easily some of Morrissey’s finest vocal work. Listen below to the isolated vocals of The Smiths’ ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’.

Stop me, oh, stop me
Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before
Stop me, oh, stop me
Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before

Nothing’s changed
I still love you, oh, I still love you
Only slightly, only slightly less than I used to, my love

I was delayed, I was way-laid
An emergency stop
I smelt the last ten seconds of life
I crashed down on the crossbar
And the pain was enough to make a shy, bald, Buddhist reflect
And plan a mass murder
Who said I’d lied to her?

Oh, who said I’d lied because I never? I never
Who said I’d lied because I never?

I was detained, I was restrained
And broke my spleen and broke my knee
And then he really laced into me
Friday night in-out patients
Who said I’d lied to her?

Oh, who said I’d lied? Because I never, I never
Who said I’d lied? Because I never

And so I drank one
It became four
And when I fell on the floor
I drank more

Stop me, oh, stop me
Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before
Stop me, oh, stop me
Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before

Nothing’s changed
I still love you, oh, I still love you
Only slightly, only slightly less than I used to, my love

Subscribe to our newsletter
Delivering curated content