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Alma Matters

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Released  21 July 1997
Genre  Alternative rock
Label  Island (UK)
Format  7", 12", CD, cassette
Length  4:48
Writer(s)  Morrissey, Alain Whyte

"Alma Matters" is a song by Morrissey, released as a single in July 1997. It was the first single to be taken from the Maladjusted album and was released one week before the album.


The single reached number 16 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Morrissey's first top 20 hit since "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" in 1994. The song was also notable for seeing Morrissey reference the film A Taste of Honey for the first time since his early days in The Smiths in the line "it's my life to ruin my own way".

The song title is a pun on Alma mater.

7" vinyl and cassette (UK)

  1. "Alma Matters" (Morrissey/Alain Whyte)
  2. "Heir Apparent" (Morrissey/Whyte)

12" vinyl and CD

  1. "Alma Matters"
  2. "Heir Apparent"
  3. "I Can Have Both" (Morrissey/Boz Boorer)


Jack Rabid of AllMusic called this single "ho-hum", saying it was "a poor choice to represent Maladjusted". He also criticized guitarists Boz Boorer and Alain Whyte, asking when Morrissey was going to part company with them, and declared the B-sides "Heir Apparent" and "I Can Have Both" to be the better songs but still lacking in comparison to previous B-sides "Whatever Happens, I Love You" and "Nobody Loves Us". Rabid concludes his review, writing "Morrissey is a major talent with a special voice atrophying in underwhelming material and backing. To quote Joy Division, 'When will it end?'"

In a 2009 article Uncut described the song as 'Morrissey’s worst single'.


  • Morrissey: voice
  • Martin "Boz" Boorer: guitar
  • Alain Whyte: guitar
  • Jonny Bridgwood: bass
  • Spencer James Cobrin: drums
  • References

    Alma Matters Wikipedia

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