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We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful (single)

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MORRISSEY Single
Name We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
Release 27 April 1992
Total Length 2:29
Recorded February 1992, North London
Writer/composer Morrissey/Whyte
Producer Mick Ronson
Art work Tristram Penna
Vinyl Etching I DON'T KNOW ANYONE THAT'S HAPPY, DO YOU?
Publisher HMV Records (UK)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #17
Single chronology
My Love Life
We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
You're The One For Me, Fatty

Information

Morrissey made a [statement] on June 8, 2021 which stated this song was not about the band James.

Track list

7" Vinyl

[HMV POP1629]

  1. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful – 4:26 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. Suedehead [Live in London, Oct. 4, 1991] – 3:54 (Morrissey/Street)

12" Vinyl

[HMV 12POP1629]

  1. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful – 4:26
  2. Suedehead [Live in London, Oct. 4, 1991] – 3:54
  3. I've Changed My Plea To Guilty [Live in London, Oct. 4, 1991] – 3:13 (Morrissey/Nevin)
  4. Alsatian Cousin [Live in London, Oct. 4, 1991] – 2:19 (Morrissey/Street)

CD

[HMV CDPOP1629]

  1. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful – 4:26
  2. Suedehead [Live in London, Oct. 4, 1991] – 3:54
  3. I've Changed My Plea To Guilty [Live in London, Oct. 4, 1991] – 3:13
  4. Alsatian Cousin [Live in London, Oct. 4, 1991] – 2:19

CD - US version

[Sire/Reprise 9 40560-2]

  1. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful – 4:26
  2. Suedehead [Live in London, Oct. 4, 1991] – 3:54
  3. I've Changed My Plea To Guilty [Live in London, Oct. 4, 1991] – 3:13
  4. Pregnant For The Last Time [Live in London, Oct. 4, 1991] – 2:33 (Morrissey/Nevin)
  5. Alsatian Cousin [Live in London, Oct. 4, 1991] – 2:19

Lyrics

We hate it when our friends become successful
We hate it when our friends become successful

Oh, look at those clothes
Now look at that face, it's so old
And such a video
Well, it's really laughable

We hate it when our friends become successful
And if they're Northern, that makes it even worse
And if we can destroy them
You bet your life we will
Destroy them
If we can hurt them
Well, we may as well...
It's really laughable

You see, it should've been me
It could've been me
Everybody knows
Everybody said so
They say:
"Ah, you have loads of songs
So many songs
More songs than they can stand
Verse
Chorus
Middle-eight
Break, fade"
Just listen...

Music Video

Credits

Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 89

Morrissey live history:

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Cover Versions

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Discogs Information

Credits

  • Artwork [Co-Ordination] - Tristram Penna
  • Bass Guitar - Gary Day
  • Drums - Spencer Cobrin
  • Guitar - Alain Whyte
  • Guitar - Boz Boorer
  • Management [Press] - murray chalmers
  • Other [Hair] - Debbie Danelle
  • Photography By - Linder Sterling
  • Sleeve - E. Riff

Notes

B1, B2, B3: Recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon. October 4th,1991.

Vinyl slipped in a white polylined inner sleeve made by DRG MALAGO.

Barcode reverse upper left is on a bevelled rectangular sticker on some copies. Dot print. Sticker adhesive liable to bleed to the surface causing darkened spots to paper & fading of dot ink.

Runouts are stamped except for "I DON'T KNOW ANYONE THAT'S HAPPY, DO YOU?", which is etched.

Images

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Issued in an old style HMV 'Pop Series' cover with catalogue singles advertised on back. The same track plays on both sides with different speed (side A: 78rpm / side B: 45rpm).

Images

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Wikipedia Information

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"We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" is a song by English singer-songwriter Morrissey from his third studio album, Your Arsenal (1992). It was released as the lead single from the album on 27 April 2001, by His Master's Voice (HMV). It was the first Morrissey single to be co-written with guitarist Alain Whyte and produced by glam rock guitarist Mick Ronson, known for his work with David Bowie as one of the Spiders from Mars. The song peaked at No. 17 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 9 in Ireland.

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