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First Of The Gang To Die (single)

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MORRISSEY Single
Name First Of The Gang To Die
Release 12 July 2004 (UK)
13 May 2004 (US)
Length 3:38
Recorded Autumn 2003
Writer/composer Morrissey/Whyte
Producer Jerry Finn
Art work Greg Gorman
Vinyl Etching
Publisher Attack Records
Sanctuary Records
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD, DVD
Chart position UK #6
Single chronology
Irish Blood, English Heart
First Of The Gang To Die
Let Me Kiss You

Information

Recording

Release

Track list

7" Vinyl

    – 0:00 (Morrissey/) – 0:00 (Morrissey/)


Lyrics

(Los Angeles, you are too hot)

You have never been in love Until you've seen the stars Reflect in the reservoirs

And you have never been in love Until you've seen the dawn rise Behind the Home For The Blind

We are the Pretty Petty Thieves And you're standing on our streets Where Hector was the first of the gang With a gun in his hand And the first to do time The first of the gang to die Oh my Hector was the first of the gang With a gun in his hand And the first to do time The first of the gang to die Oh my

You have never been in love Until you've seen sunlight thrown Over smashed human bone

We are the Pretty Petty Thieves And you're standing on our streets Where Hector was the first of the gang With a gun in his hand And the first to do time The first of the gang to die Such a silly boy Hector was the first of the gang With a gun in his hand And a bullet in his gullet The first lost lad to go under the sod

And he stole from the rich and the poor And the not-very-rich And the very poor And he stole all hearts away

He stole all hearts away He stole all hearts away He stole all hearts away Away

He stole all hearts away He stole all hearts away Away

He stole all hearts away He stole all hearts away Away

Personnel


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Music Video

Credits

Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 531

Morrissey live history:

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Discogs Information

Credits

  • Bass Guitar - Gary Day
  • Design - Elizabeth Holloway
  • Drums - Dean Butterworth
  • Engineer [Assistant Engineer] - Brad Spence
  • Engineer [Assistant Engineer] - Seth Waldmann
  • Engineer [Engineered By] - Joe McGrath
  • Guitar - Alain Whyte
  • Guitar - Boz Boorer
  • Keyboards - Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
  • Management [At The Helm] - Jed Weitzman
  • Management [At The Helm] - Merck Mercuriadis
  • Management [At The Helm] - Peter Asher
  • Photography By [Photographs By] - Greg Gorman
  • Producer [Produced By] - Jerry Finn
  • Songwriter [Songs Written By] - Alain Whyte
  • Songwriter [Songs Written By] - Morrissey

Notes

Sticker on front case: CD2 (of 2-CD Set) Features Exclusive B-sides

Back cover: New album You are the quarry in stores may 17th

℗ 2004 The copyright in these sound recordings is owned by Sanctuary Records Group Inc. © 2004 Sanctuary Records Group Inc. Made in the EU.

Booklet: Recorded in Los Angeles 'Irish Blood, English Heart' taken from the forthcoming album 'You Are The Quarry' _ Released in jewel case. Track durations are not printed on the release.

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

℗ 2004 © 2004 Made in the EU.

DVD also includes a photo gallery

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Wikipedia Information

"First of the Gang to Die" is a song written by Morrissey from his 2004 album You Are the Quarry. It was released in July 2004 as the second single from the album. It was written by Morrissey along with Alain Whyte, the two being responsible for lyrics and music respectively. Following the success of "Irish Blood, English Heart", from the same album, the single reached the number six spot in the UK Singles Chart, giving Morrissey two top hits in a row for the first time since "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" and "Interesting Drug" both reached the top ten in 1989. The single was A-Listed by BBC Radio 2 and received much more exposure than "Irish Blood, English Heart", propelling it onto the UK top 40 airplay chart. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number six, making it the third-highest charting song and most successful follow-up single of Morrissey's career. The single stayed in the chart for seven weeks, longer than any other Morrissey single. Outside the United Kingdom, the song reached number 20 in Sweden and number 26 in Ireland, while becoming a minor hit in Germany and the Netherlands. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 147 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".

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