Suicidal Tendencies released their self-titled album in 1983 and was, at the time, one of the best-selling punk albums. Suicidal Tendencies would later on become famous for their crossover-style, combining hardcore punk with thrash metal. Their debut album was really successful and a big part of that success was because of their song Institutionalized which to date, still is their most famous song. Institutionalized was the first hardcore/punk track to receive significant airplay on MTV. Suicidal Tendencies are still active and have released eleven albums so far. The band has gone through multiple lineup changes and Wikipedia lists over 25 former band members, including Metallica’s Robert Trujillo. Mike Muir (Vocals) founded the band is the only one of the founding members left in the band. How Will I Laugh Tomorrow was featured on their third album called How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today?
which was released in 1988.
How Will I Laugh Tomorrow is one of the slower tracks of the album. The lyrics are very life-inspired and deals with not being liked and being an outsider. The song is definitely not as hard and punk-inspired as earlier Suicidal Tendencies song and is almost on the edge of being a ballad. Mike Muir does a great work as always with his vocals and it shows a new vocal-side of him, which proves he is just as good in handling down-tempo and emotional songs as he is handling aggressive and punk-inspired songs.
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