Certain People I Know (single)

Cover art
Name Certain People I Know
Release 7 December 1992
Total Length 3:11
Recorded Spring 1992
Writer/composer Morrissey / Alain Whyte
Producer Mick Ronson
Art work Photo: Linder Sterling
Designland, Eddie Riff, Jo Slee
Publisher HMV, EMI
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #35
Single chronology
Certain People I Know
The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get


As stated by Alain Whyte via the Your Arsenal Twitter Listening Party (April 26, 2020), this was the second song Alain ever wrote for Morrissey.
The original Union Jack lettering on the cover was changed prior to release. A proof sheet featuring how it was first intended to look was sold on Ebay (2014):

Track list

7" Vinyl

[HMV POP1631]

  1. Certain People I Know – 3:11 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. Jack The Ripper – 3:28 (Morrissey/Boorer)

12" Vinyl, CD

[HMV 12POP1631, HMV CDPOP1631]

  1. Certain People I Know – 2:56 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. You've Had Her – 2:55 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  3. Jack The Ripper – 3:28 (Morrissey/Boorer)


I take the cue from
Certain people I know
I use the cue
And then I hand it on to you

And when I swing it
So, it catches his eye
Weren't you there?
 - You'd have died!

I trust the views of
Certain people I know
They look at danger
And they laugh their heads off

Their clothes are imitation
George the 23rd
Don't you find this absurd?

I'd hate to be like
Certain people I know
They break their necks
And can't afford to get them fixed

They'd sacrifice all
Of their principles for
Anything cashable
I do believe it's terrible

Music Video


Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 81

Morrissey live history:

... further results

Appears On

Discogs Information


  • Backing Vocals - Alain Whyte
  • Engineer - Peter Jones (2)
  • Performer - Alain Whyte
  • Performer - Boz Boorer
  • Performer - Gary Day
  • Performer - Spencer Cobrin
  • Photography By - Linder Sterling
  • Producer - Mick Ronson
  • Sleeve - Designland
  • Sleeve - E. Riff
  • Sleeve - Jo Slee


Issued with full-colour photo and lyrics inner-sleeve.

"Certain People I Know” recorded at the Wool Hall "You've Had Her” and "Jack The Ripper” recorded at Abbey Road Studios

Ⓟ 1992 EMI Records Ltd. © 1992 EMI Records Ltd.

Runouts are stamped except for "WHY BOTHER TO KEEP CLEAN?" and "Townhouse", which are etched.


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Wikipedia Information


"Certain People I Know" is a song by English singer-songwriter Morrissey, released in December 1992 as the third single from his third studio album, Your Arsenal (1992). It was the third and final Morrissey single to be produced by glam rock musician Mick Ronson. 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. "Certain People I Know" was 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.

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