‘I’m a girl and you’re a boy, la la la..’
A sweet song, that I wish was a proper B-side. Though for obvious reasons it wasn’t, there’s power in ambiguity. Performed only twice.
And as Amy pointed out, a brave move on Morrissey’s part, and a test, the need for trust.
‘The earliest known surviving document in the recording history of The Smiths stems from those very first attic practice sessions with Morrissey, Marr and Hibbert. It was for the latter's benefit that the singer and guitarist taped a simple arrangement of "I Want A Boy For My Birthday," a 1963 B-side by New York girl group The Cookies, on Marr's TEAC machine so that Hibbert could learn the melody in preparation for The Smiths’ first demo session. The cover was Morrissey's idea. "I’d never heard it before," says Marr, "but I thought, 'Great, this'll really freak 'em out!' I was really happy to encourage it.
- Simon Goddard ‘Song’s That Saved...’
Talked about on another thread, the guitar Johnny used a Gretsch Super Axe that came with built in phaser effect, very cool.