Apart from "How Soon Is Now
," which was only included on American and post WES re-issues, this was the only single release from the album. Except for a 1995 re-issue of "Ask," it was the band's lowest chart placing in the UK singles charts. In the same Uncut
interview Marr discussed why despite Meat Is Murder
being the only Smiths album to top the UK LP charts and regularly featuring on best album lists, no hit single came from it: "When we made the album, we weren't thinking that we needed to pull a single from it. That's the prerequisite these days, and maybe even then. Because we were also writing singles. We wrote albums to be albums and if some singles came off them coincidentally then fair enough. We assumed that most people who followed the band were the same as us, and presumed that they didn't need to be spoonfed a commercial track to buy an interesting piece of work. So that's why Meat Is Murder
is the way it is - almost unfettered by chart considerations."