"Hand In Glove" by Sandie Shaw
April 1984


Hand In Glove (with Sandie Shaw on vocals)
I Don't Owe You Anything (Sandie Shaw on vocals)

UK 7" [Rough Trade RT130]
Australia 7" [CBS RTANZ006]
Germany 7" [Intercord INT110.165]
Holland 7" [Ariola/Megadisc RT130/VR10817]
Spain 7" [Nuevos Medios 40094-S]


Hand In Glove (with Sandie Shaw on vocals)
Jeane (with Sandie Shaw on vocals)
I Don't Owe You Anything (Sandie Shaw on vocals)

UK 12" [Rough Trade RTT130]
Canada 12" [WEA SRTT130]
France 12" [Virgin 80098]
Germany 12" [RT Deutschland RTD014T (black vinyl)]
Germany 12" [Intercord INT125.217 (red-white-blue splatter vinyl)]
Holland 12" [Ariola/Megadisc RTT130/08-22927]
Japan 12" [Tokuma Japan 15RTL-5]

Additional information:
This is actually a Sandie Shaw release, but it is listed here because the songs are all previously released Smiths ones, the labels are the ones the Smiths were signed to at the time, and Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce were the musicians while Morrissey did back vocals.

The three songs reappeared on the 1992 "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" reissues. The tracks also reappeared on many Sandie Shaw compilations over the years.


Artwork information:
Cover star is Rita Tushingham from "A Taste Of Honey" directed by Tony Richardson [1961]. The screenplay for that movie was written by Shelagh Delaney who also starred on some Smiths covers, such as the "Louder Than Bombs" album and the "Girlfriend In A Coma" single.

Artwork for the 12" has a different layout than that of the 7". Exceptionally, the Spanish 7" artwork was produced along the 12" layout.


Etchings on vinyl:
UK 7": "KISS MY SHADES" / "J.M."
UK 12": none
"Kiss my shades", words taken from the Smiths version of the song "Hand In Glove", was also the etching of the Smiths original single. The b-side etching is Johnny Marr's initials.


Additional release date information:
UK 7": 9 April 1984
UK 12": 14 April 1984.


Chart peak information:
UK: 27


UK: The most common promo for this single is the yellow-beige 'white label' 7" paired with a press release. Stock copies of the 7" and 12" singles were also made into promos with the addition of a Scott Piering contact sticker on the sleeve. These may have served a different promotional purpose (such as retail). The 7"s came with a different press release to the one paired with the previously mentioned promo.

Australia: The 7" promos were identical to the stock releases (content, sleeve) except for the labels which were the usual black and white 'hat man' ones with promo warnings on them.

Canada: Gold-stamped copies of the 12" single were sent to radio and record shops for promotion.

Denmark: This single was promoted in Denmark with copies of the UK 7" with Danish promo sticker on the back and orange press release in Danish.

Japan: Promo 12"s had the usual white SAMPLE sticker on the sleeve and the extra promo characters printed on the record's label.

Spain: Stock copies of the 7" were stamped with the release date on the back and sent to radio with a press release.



Morrissey, January 1984, on working with Sandie Shaw: "It's just a single, but I think it's an incredibly important record, certainly for her. Already we've had so much media attention, and so many of the country's top DJs are very eager to have the record, that in a way it almost seems like a hit record before it's even released. I'm really pleased. I've worshipped her for so long, and then to work with her is just the highest thrill that I can possibly think of."

Morrissey: "It's really quite strange because as I grew up all the strong female voices of the Sixties seemed to affect me enormously - certainly none more than Sandie - and it really became quite a special part of me."

Also, early 1984: "I met her a few months ago and it seemed perfectly natural for me to seize the opportunity and ask her to work with us and she was incredibly eager and incredibly enthusiastic. She really liked the songs and she was very eager to do it. So, it's happened and I'm very pleased."

Morrissey, February 1984: "Working with her has been an endless thrill, it's almost like meeting oneself in a former life. She's very down to earth, very humorous, there's a certain veil which she lowers at a particular time of the day."

Morrissey, in a 1997 interview for the Brit Girls documentary: "It was extremely important but it was so great for me personally that I don't actually remember it happening. It was as if I'd blacked out for a period ot time. A tremendous honour. It was just thrilling in a very, very youthful way."