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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 legend Mick Ronson.

"Certain People I Know"
Single by Morrissey
from the album Your Arsenal
Released 7 December 1992
Format 7", 12", CD, cassette
Genre Rockabilly[1]
Length 3:12
Label HMV (UK)
Songwriter(s) Morrissey, Alain Whyte
Producer(s) Mick Ronson
Morrissey singles chronology
"Certain People I Know"
"The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get"

"Certain People I Know"
"The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get"
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5]

The video to the track was shot in Chicago.


Track listingsEdit

7" vinyl and cassetteEdit

  1. "Certain People I Know" (Morrissey, Alain Whyte)
  2. "Jack the Ripper" (Morrissey, Boz Boorer)

12" vinyl and CDEdit

  1. "Certain People I Know"
  2. "You've Had Her" (Morrissey, Boz Boorer)
  3. "Jack the Ripper"
Country Record label Format Catalogue number
UK HMV 7" vinyl POP1631
UK HMV 12" vinyl 12POP1631
UK HMV Compact disc CDPOP1631
UK HMV Cassette TCPOP1631

Etchings on vinylEdit



Ned Raggett of AllMusic called the lead track "a bit of an odd choice" for a single but added its b-sides "are among Morrissey's best".[2]


  • Morrissey: voice
  • Alain Whyte: guitar
  • Boz Boorer: guitar
  • Gary Day: bass guitar
  • Spencer Cobrin: drums

Live performancesEdit

The song was performed live by Morrissey on his 1992 tour.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave. "Morrissey - Certain People I Know song review". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Certain People I Know Review". AllMusic. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Disastrous festival performances". Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  4. ^ Veltman, Chloe (July–August 2008). "The Passion of the Morrissey". The Believer. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  5. ^ Q Magazine Smiths and Morrissey Special Edition, 2004

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