|Studio album by|
|Released||14 March 1988|
|Studio||Wool Hall Studios|
|Label||HMV (UK) |
Sire/Reprise (US & Canada)
EMI (Australia & New Zealand) 
|1997 re-release cover|
|Singles from Viva Hate|
Although credited to Morrissey and producer Stephen Street, the Durutti Column's guitarist Vini Reilly, who had been drafted into the sessions by Street, later claimed every song on the album except "Suedehead" had been composed by Morrissey and Reilly. Street has denied this. In an interview in 2014 Vini Reilly said "I want to talk about Stephen Street about whom I've said wrong things in the past; this is not an excuse, this is fact, I have suffered from what they call 'displaced anger' and this is where you're very angry with yourself and you don't understand, you just shout at people you really care about." EMI Australia considered Viva Hate too harsh a title and renamed the album Education in Reverse for LP release in Australia and New Zealand, the same title appearing as an etching on the vinyl. The album was recorded between October and December 1987.
Viva Hate was released on 14 March 1988 by record label HMV.
The American release included the track "Hairdresser on Fire", which had been released in the UK as a B-side to "Suedehead", as track 9. This same track was released on a 7" single that was sold with the album in Japan.
It was certified Gold by the RIAA on 16 November 1993.
In 1997, EMI, in celebration of their 100th anniversary, released a remastered special edition of this album in the UK. It features different cover art and a different booklet (it has a photograph of a billboard for Beethoven Was Deaf and drops the lyrics) as well as eight bonus tracks - only one of which was contemporaneous with the album. "Hairdresser on Fire" does not appear on this version.
A newly remastered, special edition of Viva Hate, supervised by Stephen Street, was released on 2 April 2012. This edition controversially omits, along with the name of Vini Reilly, one of the original album's tracks, "The Ordinary Boys", and includes the session outtake "Treat Me Like a Human Being". Also, the extended fadeout of "Late Night, Maudlin Street" has been changed. Stephen Street has said that he felt these changes were a mistake but that the track selection was changed at Morrissey's insistence. "Hairdresser on Fire", again, is also not included on this edition. Additionally, the typeface font on the front cover had been changed.
|Los Angeles Times|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|The Village Voice||B|
Viva Hate was generally well received by critics. Rolling Stone called the album "a tight, fairly disciplined affair", in comparison of its sound to that of The Smiths. In its retrospective review, Pitchfork called the album "one of Morrissey's most interesting records, and certainly his riskiest", and that its "strange mix of pomp and minimal languor makes Viva Hate the only Morrissey LP you'd consider listening to just for its music".
A negative review came from Spin, who wrote "without guitarist/composer Johnny Marr at his side, the mahatma of mope rock seems to have gone out for a nice depressing stroll without noticing that he didn't have a stitch to wear".
All lyrics by Morrissey. All music by Stephen Street.
|2.||"Little Man, What Now?"||1:48|
|3.||"Everyday Is Like Sunday"||3:32|
|4.||"Bengali in Platforms"||3:55|
|5.||"Angel, Angel Down We Go Together"||1:40|
|6.||"Late Night, Maudlin Street"||7:40|
|8.||"Break Up the Family"||3:55|
|9.||"The Ordinary Boys"||3:10|
|10.||"I Don't Mind If You Forget Me"||3:17|
|12.||"Margaret on the Guillotine"||3:42|
|US bonus track|
|9.||"Hairdresser on Fire"||3:51|
|EMI Centenary Edition bonus tracks|
|13.||"Let the Right One Slip In"||Morrissey, Alain Whyte, Gary Day||2:28|
|14.||"Pashernate Love"||Morrissey, Whyte, Day||2:16|
|17.||"Girl Least Likely To"||Morrissey, Andy Rourke||4:51|
|18.||"I'd Love To"||Morrissey, Boz Boorer||4:49|
|20.||"I've Changed My Plea to Guilty"||Morrissey, Mark E. Nevin||3:42|
|2012 Remastered Special Edition bonus track|
|9.||"Treat Me Like a Human Being"||2:27|
Original version: EDUCATION IN REVERSE/none
2012 version: BLOOD BATHS I HAVE KNOWN/S####################BA
|Australian Albums (Australian Music Report)||21|
|New Zealand Albums||8|
|UK Albums Chart||1|
|US Billboard 200||48|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone