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Shoplifters Of The World Unite (single)

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THE SMITHS Single
Name Shoplifters Of The World Unite
Release 26 January 1987
Total Length 2:56
2:58 (Instrumental outtake)
3:03 (Instrumental demo)
Recorded November 1986
Writer/composer Morrissey/Marr
Producer Johnny Marr
Art work Cover star: Elvis Presley
first press picture, taken by James R. Reid in 1955.
(Elvis' hairdresser).
Vinyl Etching ALF RAMSEY'S REVENGE
Publisher Rough Trade Records (UK)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl
Chart position UK #12
Single chronology
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Shoplifters Of The World Unite
Sheila Take A Bow

Information

Track list

7" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RT 195]

  1. Shoplifters Of The World Unite – 2:56 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Half A Person – 3:35 (Morrissey/Marr)

12" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RTT 195]

  1. Shoplifters Of The World Unite – 2:56 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. London – 2:06 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. Half A Person – 3:35 (Morrissey/Marr)

Lyrics

Learn to love me
Assemble the ways
Now, today, tomorrow and always
My only weakness is a list of crime
My only weakness is well, never mind, never mind

Oh, shoplifters of the world
Unite and take over
Shoplifters of the world
Hand it over
Hand it over
Hand it over

Learn to love me
And assemble the ways
Now, today, tomorrow, and always
My only weakness is a listed crime
But last night the plans of a future war
Was all I saw on Channel Four

Shoplifters of the world
Unite and take over
Shoplifters of the world
Hand it over
Hand it over
Hand it over

A heartless hand on my shoulder
A push and it's over
Alabaster crashes down
(Six months is a long time)
Tried living in the real world
Instead of a shell
But before I began
I was bored before I even began

Shoplifters of the world
Unite and take over
Shoplifters of the world
Unite and take over
Shoplifters of the world
Unite and take over
Shoplifters of the world
Take over

Music Video

Live History

Play count (The Smiths concert): 1

The Smiths live history:

Play count (Morrissey concert): 220

Morrissey live history:

... further results

Appears On

Appears On Covers Compilation

Cover Versions

Discogs Information

Credits

  • Art Direction [Art Co-ordination] - Jo Slee
  • Bass [The Bass Guitar] - Andy Rourke
  • Drums [The Drums] - Mike Joyce
  • Guitar [Guitars] - Johnny Marr
  • Layout - Caryn Gough
  • Lyrics By - Morrissey
  • Mastered By - Tim Young
  • Music By - Johnny Marr
  • Other [Cover Star] - Elvis Presley
  • Photography By [©] - James R. Reid
  • Sleeve - Morrissey
  • Voice, Words By - Morrissey

Notes

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Custom pink inner sleeve with cat. no (RTT 195) written in white at top right-hand corner.

Cover star Elvis Presley © James R. Reid This record is dedicated to Ruth Polsky

© 1986 Warner Bros. Music Ltd. Made in England

Early UK copies were sold in a plastic carrier bag with "Shoplifter" printed on one side, and the cover art printed on the other side.

A [url=http://www.discogs.com/release/2335438]mispress of this 12"[/url] also exists with "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby" on the A-side.

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

All songs recorded at Mayfair, London. Music published by Warner Brothers. Distributed by The Cartel. Pressed and printed in West Germany. Dedicated to Ruth Polsky

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

All songs recorded at Mayfair, London. Music published by Warner Brothers. Distributed by The Cartel. Pressed and printed in West Germany. Dedicated to Ruth Polsky

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

℗ 1987 © 1987 cover star Elvis Presley © James R. Reid this record is dedicated to Ruth Polsky

Pressed on clear blue vinyl in thin, top-opening paper sleeves. Sleeve is without barcode (in difference to the black vinyl Line Records release). Printings on sleeve back are silver (instead of the usual grey).

On both labels: Morrissey is everywhere misspelled as "Morrisey". On A-side label: Morrissey, Johnny Marr and Stephen Street incorrectly credited together as Producers (correct: only Johnny Marr – as stated on the sleeve).


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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

From The Smiths' album Louder Than Bombs on Sire Records (1-25569) Promotional Copy. Not For Sale.

This single was released as a promo for the US version of Louder Than Bombs. One of the only Smiths releases to have a picture of the band on the cover. The back of the sleeve is blank.


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Wikipedia Information

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"Shoplifters of the World Unite" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths, written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr. Morrissey's lyrics, which endorsed shoplifting and referenced Karl Marx, were controversial at the time of the song's release. Musically, the song continues the glam rock styling of other Smiths singles during the period and includes a short guitar solo from Marr. "Shoplifters of the World Unite" was first released as a non-album single in January 1987, after the band decided to scrap the single release of their original A-side, "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby". The song was a commercial success, reaching number twelve in the UK, and has been included on compilation albums such as The World Won't Listen and Louder Than Bombs. It has since seen critical acclaim and Morrissey has named the song as a personal favorite.