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"Something Is Squeezing My Skull" is a song with lyrics by Morrissey and music by Alain Whyte. The song is the second single to be released from Morrissey's 2009 album Years of Refusal.[1] It was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Jerry Finn, the man behind 2004’s You Are the Quarry. The single was released on 27 April 2009 and reached number 46 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as number one on the Scottish Singles Chart, becoming Morrissey's third and most recent number-one single on that chart. The song also experienced some success in France, where it reached number 35 on the SNEP chart.

"Something Is Squeezing My Skull"
Something is squeezing my skull cd1.jpg
Single by Morrissey
from the album Years of Refusal
Released27 April 2009
FormatCDS, 7" single, digital download
GenreAlternative rock, indie rock
Songwriter(s)Morrissey, Alain Whyte
Producer(s)Jerry Finn
Morrissey singles chronology
"I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris"
"Something Is Squeezing My Skull"
"Everyday Is Like Sunday"
Alternative covers
Alternative cover
Alternative cover

The single comes backed with live recordings of "This Charming Man", "Best Friend on the Payroll" and "I Keep Mine Hidden", the latter being performed for the first time ever by Morrissey and his band at BBC Radio 2's 'Live With Morrissey' concert in February 2009.[1]

The album art depicts Morrissey hugging Johnny Ramone's memorial statue at his grave in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.


Track listingEdit


  1. "Something Is Squeezing My Skull"
  2. "This Charming Man" (Live, BBC Radio Theatre Feb 2009) (Morrissey/Johnny Marr)


  1. "Something Is Squeezing My Skull"
  2. "Best Friend on the Payroll" (Live, BBC Radio Theatre Feb 2009) (Morrissey/Whyte)

7" single

  1. "Something Is Squeezing My Skull"
  2. "I Keep Mine Hidden" (Live, BBC Radio Theatre Feb 2009) (Morrissey/Marr)



Chart (2009) Peak
France (SNEP)[2] 35
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[3] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 46


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2009-04-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ " – Morrissey – Something Is Squeezing My Skull" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 June 2018.

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