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You're the One for Me, Fatty

"You're the One for Me, Fatty" is a single by Morrissey released in April 1992. It was taken from the then-unreleased Your Arsenal album and was the second Morrissey single to be co-written with Alain Whyte and produced by glam rock legend Mick Ronson.

"You're the One for Me, Fatty"
Single by Morrissey
from the album Your Arsenal
Released 6 July 1992
Format 7", 12", CD, cassette
Genre Alternative rock, rockabilly[1]
Length 2:57
Label HMV (UK)
Songwriter(s) Morrissey, Alain Whyte
Producer(s) Mick Ronson
Morrissey singles chronology
"We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful"
"You're the One for Me, Fatty"

"We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful"
"You're the One for Me, Fatty"
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]

Although the lyrics seemed a typically tongue-in-cheek Morrissey love song towards an overweight person, in reality the words were an in-joke directed at Madness singer Chas Smash whom Morrissey had recently befriended. Smash has since confessed that he is the subject of the song.[3] The title is a pun on the Marvelettes' song You Are The One for Me Bobby.

The track reached number 19 in the UK Singles Chart.[4]


Critical receptionEdit

This single was retrospectively described by Ned Raggett in AllMusic as "[a] smart, lively cut...with the overall title and overall mood still being as classically Morrissey as it gets."[2] Raggett did not think the B-sides were as strong in comparison but still "fine enough numbers, further evidence as to how the Your Arsenal sessions had re-energized [Morrissey]."[2] Raggett concludes his review, writing, "The tone throughout is relaxed and fun, almost in spite of some of the lyrics".[2]

Track listingsEdit

All lyrics by Morrissey. All music composed by Alain Whyte, except where noted.

1."You're the One for Me, Fatty"  
2."Pashernate Love"Day/Whyte 
3."There Speaks a True Friend" (not included on 7")  
Country Record label Format Catalogue number
UK HMV 7" vinyl POP1630
UK HMV 12" vinyl 12POP1630
UK HMV Compact disc CDPOP1630
UK HMV Cassette TCPOP1630


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

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Thompson, Dave. "You're the One for Me, Fatty track review". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Raggett, Ned. "You're the One for Me, Fatty Review". AllMusic. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  3. ^ Goddard, Simon, Mozipedia - The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths. Ebury Press. 2009. p. 507
  4. ^ "Morrissey UK chart". Retrieved 22 March 2017.

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