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The Last Of The Famous International Playboys (single)

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MORRISSEY Single
Name The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
Release 11 February 1989
8 April 2013 (Reissue)
Length 3:40
Recorded
Writer/composer Morrissey/Street
Producer Stephen Street
Art work Morrissey
Vinyl Etching ESCAPE FROM VALIUM (A-side)
RETURN TO VALIUM (B-side)
Publisher HMV Records (UK)
Sire Records (US)
Parlophone Records (Reissue)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #6
Single chronology
Everyday Is Like Sunday
The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
Interesting Drug
Single reissue chronology
Suedehead (Mael Mix)
The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
Satellite Of Love (live)

Track list

7" Vinyl

UK - [HMV POP1620]

  1. The Last Of The Famous International Playboys – 3:40 (Morrissey/Street)
  2. Lucky Lisp – 2:51 (Morrissey/Street)

12" Vinyl

UK - [HMV 12POP1620]
US - [Sire/Reprise 9 21163-0]

  1. The Last Of The Famous International Playboys – 3:40
  2. Lucky Lisp – 2:51
  3. Michael's Bones – 3:10 (Morrissey/Street)

CD

UK - [HMV CDPOP1620]

7" Vinyl Picture Disc (Reissue)

CD (Reissue)

Digital Download (Reissue)

Lyrics

Dear hero imprisoned,

With all the new crimes that you are perfecting Oh I can't help quoting you Because everything that you said rings true

And now in my cell (Well, I followed you) And here's a list of who I slew Reggie Kray - do you know my name? Don't say you don't Please say you do

I am: The last of the famous International playboys The last of the famous International playboys

And now in my cell (Well, I loved you) And every man with a job to do Ronnie Kray - do you know my face? Don't say you don't Please say you do

I am: The last of the famous International playboys The last of the famous International playboys

In our lifetime those who kill The newsworld hands them stardom And these are the ways On which I was raised These are the ways On which I was, which I was raised

I never wanted to kill I'M NOT NATURALLY EVIL Such things I do Just to make myself More attractive to you HAVE I FAILED?

The last of the famous International playboys

Sleeve Artwork

Music Video

Credits

Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 128

Morrissey live history:

... further results


Appears On



Discogs Information

Credits

  • Bass Guitar - Andy Rourke
  • Drums - Mike Joyce
  • Engineer [Assistant] - Steve Williams (6)
  • Guitar - Craig Gannon
  • Guitar - Neil Taylor
  • Keyboards - Stephen Street
  • Producer - Stephen Street
  • Sleeve - Caryn Gough
  • Sleeve - Jo Slee
  • Sleeve - Morrissey
  • Voice - Morrissey
  • Written-By - Morrissey
  • Written-By - Stephen Street

Notes

Released in printed cardboard & paper jackets. Paper jacket has small circular sticker in upper right corner of jacket(see pictures), "VICTOR COMPANY OF JAPAN, LIMITED". No record of Japanese pressing, so possibly a UK pressing exported to Japan for sale. All other jacket printing & record matrix/runout identical to UK pressing. ℗ © 1989 EMI Records Ltd.

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Images

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Track 1 remastered by Bill Inglot at Digiprep. Track 2 recorded 10th June, 2011 for the Janice Long Show on Radio 2 and broadcast 15th June, 2011. Mastered at the Lodge.

Recording First Published in 1989

Comes in cardboard sleeve.

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Track 1 remastered. ℗ 2010 Track 2 recorded 10th June, 2011 for the Janice Long Show on Radio 2 and broadcast 15th June, 2011. Released by arrangement with BBC Music. ℗ 2011

Made in the EU. ℗ 2013 © 2013

Picture disc vinyl issued in 18,50 cm x 18,50 cm transparent PVC bag with sticker.

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Wikipedia Information

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"The Last of the Famous International Playboys" was the third single released by Morrissey. It reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart. The song was not featured on one of Morrissey's main studio albums but can be found on the compilation album Bona Drag along with the B-side "Lucky Lisp". The artwork for the single features Morrissey, aged 7, up a tree in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester—literally a boy at play. "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" is notable for featuring three of Morrissey's former colleagues in The Smiths—Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce and one-time Smiths rhythm guitarist Craig Gannon—all of whom also appear on the B-side, "Lucky Lisp". The song mythologizes the notorious pair of vicious London gangsters known as the Kray twins (Ronnie and Reggie Kray), who held a tight rein on the East End of London during the 1960s.