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Certain People I Know (single)

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Name Certain People I Know
Release 7 December 1992
Length 3:11
Recorded Spring 1992
Writer/composer Morrissey/Whyte
Producer Mick Ronson
Art work Designland, E. Riff, J. Slee
Publisher HMV, EMI
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #35
Single chronology
Certain People I Know
The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get


Track list

7" Vinyl

[HMV POP1631]

  1. Certain People I Know – 3:11 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. Jack The Ripper – 3:28 (Morrissey/Boorer)

12" Vinyl, CD

[HMV 12POP1631, HMV CDPOP1631]

  1. Certain People I Know – 2:56 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. You've Had Her – 2:55 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  3. Jack The Ripper – 3:28 (Morrissey/Boorer)


I take the cue from Certain people I know I use the cue And then I hand it on to you

And when I swing it So, it catches his eye Weren't you there? - You'd have died!

I trust the views of Certain people I know They look at danger And they laugh their heads off

Their clothes are imitation George the 23rd Don't you find this absurd?

I'd hate to be like Certain people I know They break their necks And can't afford to get them fixed

They'd sacrifice all Of their principles for Anything cashable I do believe it's terrible

Music Video


  • Directed by George Tiffin

Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 81

Morrissey live history:

... further results

Appears On

Discogs Information


  • Backing Vocals - Alain Whyte
  • Engineer - Peter Jones (2)
  • Performer - Alain Whyte
  • Performer - Boz Boorer
  • Performer - Gary Day
  • Performer - Spencer Cobrin
  • Photography By - Linder Sterling
  • Producer - Mick Ronson
  • Sleeve - Designland
  • Sleeve - E. Riff
  • Sleeve - Jo Slee


Issued with full-colour photo and lyrics inner-sleeve.

"Certain People I Know” recorded at the Wool Hall "You've Had Her” and "Jack The Ripper” recorded at Abbey Road Studios

Ⓟ 1992 EMI Records Ltd. © 1992 EMI Records Ltd.


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Wikipedia Information


"Certain People I Know" is a single by Morrissey released in December 1992. It is the third single to be taken from the Your Arsenal album and is the third and final Morrissey single to be produced by glam rock musician Mick Ronson. Reaching number 35 in the UK Singles Chart, the song had the distinction of being Morrissey's lowest charting solo single up to that point. The track is in many ways a tribute to the influence of Marc Bolan on both Morrissey and his guitarist Boz Boorer, featuring a guitar line played by producer Mick Ronson that recalls "Ride a White Swan" by T. Rex. This was also the first Morrissey single to be released following the singer's bottling off stage at the Madstock festival when he supported Madness and the subsequent NME story regarding his alleged racism. This led to the single cover being changed from featuring the singer's name spelt out in the colours of the Union Jack to plain black writing.The video to the track was shot in Calumet Park, Chicago.

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