Certain People I Know
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"Certain People I Know" was a single by Morrissey released in December 1992. It was the third single to be taken from the Your Arsenal album and was 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|
|Songwriter(s)||Morrissey, Alain Whyte|
|Morrissey singles chronology|
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 Chicago.
7" vinyl and cassetteEdit
12" vinyl and CDEdit
- "Certain People I Know"
- "You've Had Her" (Morrissey, Boz Boorer)
- "Jack the Ripper"
|Country||Record label||Format||Catalogue number|
Etchings on vinylEdit
British 7" and 12": WHY BOTHER TO KEEP CLEAN?/WHY BOTHER TO KEEP CLEAN?
- Morrissey: voice
- Alain Whyte: guitar
- Boz Boorer: guitar
- Gary Day: bass guitar
- Spencer Cobrin: drums
The song was performed live by Morrissey on his 1992 tour.
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