1980s Bands: The Smiths And That Vietnam War Album Cover

1980s Bands: The Smiths And That Vietnam War Album Cover

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Many will remember The Smiths excellent album, Meat is Murder, released in 1985 and featuring the above iconic photograph on its front cover, yes?

Well, not quite… The above is not the image used for the front cover of the album, but the original photograph, of Marine Corporal Michael Wynn, 20, of Columbus, Ohio, during Operation Ballistic in Da Nang, South Vietnam, which was taken during the Vietnam War.

There is a material difference…Read the full article here: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/bombed-out/photo-stories/1980s-bands-the-smiths-meat-is-murder-album-cover/

Our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.

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  1. Deb

    There is a discussion about this image here: http://www.morrissey-solo.com/threads/94079-where-can-I-find-the-original-Meat-is-Murder-Photo. On this page, Dave2006 states, “The soldier photo is taken from Emile de Antonio’s “In The Year Of The Pig” film [1968].”

  2. Scott Wynn

    thats my dad

    • Ritchie

      Scott, I saw the Millionaires hotseat, I don’t have to tell you this, but dad’s a freaken legend. A virtually indestructable bloke!

  3. Lou

    I just saw Michael Wynn on TV in Australia (Millionaire Hotseat). He has an apple orchard in Ardmona, Australia now.

    • Peter Alan Lloyd

      Interesting! Did they mention the album cover photo?

      • Lou

        Yep, they mentioned the album cover when they introduced all the contestants at the beginning. But they discussed his military history and his moving to Australia the most.


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