Dagenham Dave (single)

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Name Dagenham Dave
Release 21 August 1995
Total Length 3:15
Recorded March 1995
Writer/composer Morrissey / Alain Whyte
Producer Steve Lillywhite
Art work Sleeve by Whores In Retirement, Layout by Laurence Stevens, Cover star: Terry Venables
Vinyl Etching No matrix message
Publisher RCA Victor
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #26
Single chronology
Dagenham Dave
The Boy Racer


Track list


[RCA Victor – 74321299802]

  1. Dagenham Dave – 3:15 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. Nobody Loves Us – 4:50 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  3. You Must Please Remember – 3:52 (Morrissey/Whyte)


Head in the clouds
And a mouth full of pie
Head in a blouse
Everybody loves him
I see why

Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Oh, Dagenham Dave
Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Oh, Dagenham Dave

I love Karen, I love Sharon
On the window screen
With never the need to fight
Or to question
A single thing

Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Oh, Dagenham Dave
Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Oh, Dagenham Dave

Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Oh, Dagenham Dave
Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Dagenham Dave

He'd love to touch
He's afraid that he might self-combust
I could say more
But you get the general idea

Dagenham Dave
Dagenham Dave

Music Video


Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 24

Morrissey live history:

... further results

Appears On

Discogs Information


  • Bass - Jonny Bridgwood
  • Drums - Spencer Cobrin
  • Engineer - Danton Supple
  • Engineer [Assistant] - Tom Elmhirst
  • Guitar - Alain Whyte
  • Guitar - Boz Boorer
  • Layout - Laurence Stevens
  • Producer - Steve Lillywhite
  • Sleeve - Whores In Retirement
  • Written-By - Alain Whyte
  • Written-By - Morrissey


Recorded in England, March 1995.

℗ 1995 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by BMG Records (UK) Ltd.

© 1995 RCA Records Copyright Control/Sony Music Publishing

Made in England


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Wikipedia Information


"Dagenham Dave" is a song by English singer-songwriter Morrissey, issued as a single in August 1995, a week prior to the release of his fifth studio album, Southpaw Grammar (1995). It was Morrissey's first release on RCA Records, the label he had signed to after leaving EMI. This was the second Morrissey solo single not to feature the singer on the cover; instead, English football coach and former player Terry Venables is pictured sticking out his tongue. Venables was born in Dagenham. Upon its release, the single reached number 26 on the UK Singles Chart. The promotional video for the single featured former Grange Hill actor Mark Savage as the titular Dave. This song is not related to the track of the same name by the Stranglers from their 1977 album, No More Heroes. "Dagenham Dave" is also naval slang for someone who is somewhat unstable or crazy, Dagenham being close to Barking ("barking mad").

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