The album became the band's only number one on the UK charts, and stayed on the charts for thirteen weeks. It also reached number 40 in Canada  and number in the United States.
After the band's debut albumsinger Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr produced the album themselves, assisted only by engineer Stephen Street. To build the album's soundscape, Morrissey provided Marr and Street with his personal copies of BBC sound effects records from which to source samples.
Meat Is Murder was more strident and political than its predecessor, including the pro-vegetarian title track Morrissey forbade the rest of the group from being photographed eating meat and the anti- corporal punishment "The Headmaster Ritual". Musically, the band had grown more adventurous, with Marr and Rourke channelling rockabilly and funk influences in "Rusholme Ruffians" and "Barbarism Begins at Home" respectively.
Author John King has suggested that the title track was inspired by the song "Meat Means Murder" by the anarcho-punk band Conflictwhich deals with the same topic and also opens at a slow pace. Morrissey also brought a political stance to many of his interviews, courting further controversy.
Among his targets were the Thatcher administration, the monarchy, and his musical contemporaries. When asked about Band Aidwhich was being strongly promoted in the UK media at the time, he quipped, "One can have great concern for the people of Ethiopiabut it's another thing to inflict daily torture on the people of England.
The album's sleeve uses a photograph of an American marine, Cpl. The game, which featured a chiptune rendition of the song, tasked The Smiths - Meat Is Murder with clicking on their screens before different kinds of animals get chopped up in a death spiral.
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