The Smiths produced Meat Is Murder
themselves, assisted only by engineer Stephen Street, whom they had first met on the session for "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
." Street recalled his contribution to this song in a 2015 interview with Uncut
"There was no demo. The chords are quite strange with that song and they wanted to create an atmosphere. So Johnny sketched out the chords, then we marked it out with a click track, put some piano down, and reversed the first notes to creative this oppressive kind of darkness. Morrissey handed me a BBC Sound Effects album and said, 'I want you to try and create the sound of an abattoir.'
So there's me with a BBC Sound Effects album of cows mooing happily in a field. It was a challenge, but I really enjoyed it. I found some machine noises and put them through a harmonizer and turned the pitch down so they sounded darker and deeper. I did the same things with the cows, to make it spooky. It was like a sound collage. The band learnt how to play it live after we'd recorded it."