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That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (single)

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Cover art
Original image
Name That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
Release July 1985
Total Length 4:57
Recorded October 1984
Writer/composer Morrissey/Marr
Producer The Smiths
Stephen Street (Recording Engineer)
Art work Cover star: Child pictured is from "The Enchanted Desna" by Julia Solntseva.
The image was published in "Film & Filming" (February, 1965)

UK 12": OUR SOULS, OUR SOULS, OUR SOULS / blank Canadian 12": HELEN WHEELS / blank

Publisher Rough Trade Records (UK)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl
Chart position UK #49
Single chronology
The Headmaster Ritual
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side


Track list

7" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RT 186]

  1. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore – 3:49 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Meat Is Murder (live in Oxford) – 5:34 (Morrissey/Marr)

12" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RTT 186]

  1. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore – 3:49 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Nowhere Fast (live in Oxford) – 2:31 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. Stretch Out And Wait (live in Oxford) – 2:49 (Morrissey/Marr)
  4. Shakespeare's Sister (live in Oxford) – 2:12 (Morrissey/Marr)
  5. Meat Is Murder (live in Oxford) – 5:34 (Morrissey/Marr)


Park the car at the side of the road you should know time's tide will smother you and I will too when you laugh about people who feel so very lonely their only desire is to die well, I'm afraid it doesn't make me smile I wish I could laugh but that joke isn't funny anymore it's too close to home and it's too near the bone it's too close to home and it's too near the bone more than you'll ever know

It was dark as I drove the point home and on cold leather seats well, it suddenly struck me I just might die with a smile on my face after all

I've seen this happen in other people's lives and now it's happening in mine

Live History

Play count (The Smiths concert): 77

The Smiths live history:

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Play count (Morrissey concert): 29

Morrissey live history:

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Appears On

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Cover Versions

Discogs Information


  • Music By - Johnny Marr
  • Words By - Morrissey


This is the MPO push-out centre variant (see: solid centre variant). Also an EMI Records pressing with push-out centre exists.

A-Side: 'From the Rough Trade LP [r=373240] (Rough 81)'. B-Side: recorded live in Oxford, 18 Mar 1985.

© 1985 Warner Bros. Music Ltd.


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Discogs information (additional release)


Custom flesh-coloured inner sleeve.

Track A1 From the Rough Trade LP "Meat Is Murder" (Rough 81) Tracks B1-B4 were recorded live in Oxford, 18 Mar 1985

© 1985 Warner Bros. Music Made in the UK


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Wikipedia Information


"That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths. The full length version of the song appears on the album Meat Is Murder, and was the sole track from the album to be released, in edited form, as a UK single. The song was composed by guitarist Johnny Marr and singer Morrissey. Marr has cited it as one of his favourite Smiths songs.