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Certain People I Know (single)

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

Information

As stated by Alain Whyte via the Your Arsenal Twitter Listening Party (April 26, 2020), this was the second song Alain ever wrote for Morrissey.

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)

Lyrics

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

Credits

  • Directed by George Tiffin

Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 81

Morrissey live history:

... further results

Appears On


Discogs Information

Credits

  • 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

Notes

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

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"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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