"Piccadilly Palare"
October 1990


Piccadilly Palare
Get Off The Stage

UK 7" [HMV POP1624]
Australia 7" [EMI Australia 2489-7]
Australia CSS [EMI Australia TC2489-4]
EEC 7" [EMI 006 20 4054-7]
France 7" [EMI France 20 4054 7]


Piccadilly Palare
At Amber
Get Off The Stage

UK 12" [HMV 12POP1624]
EEC 12" [EMI 060 20 4054 6]

Additional information:
The "Piccadilly Palare" cd-single included in the "Morrissey CD-singles 88-91" box set has the order of the b-sides reversed, "Get Off The Stage" comes before "At Amber".

The Australian 7" single didn't come with a picture sleeve, it was slipped inside a generic red EMI bag.


Artwork information:
Morrissey, photographed by Anton Corbijn.


Etchings on vinyl:
UK 7" and 12": GEORGE ELIOT KNEW / none


Additional release date information:
UK: 1 October 1990


Chart peak information:
UK: 18
USA: 2 (on the Modern Rock Chart)


UK: This single was the first of five consecutive ones promoted with the help of a retro-style promo 7" (POPDJ1624; view in left frame). Some copies have a plugger sticker on the sleeve.

France: The single was promoted in France via stock copies of the 7" with a promo warning stamped in a corner of the sleeve. The promo warning states "Vente Interdite Echantillon Gratuit".



"It's not a particularly strong record. It's not overwhelming, the subject is even slightly dated. 'Piccadilly Palare', which will receive blanket horrendous reviews, is a song about male prostitution. But I'm not running around in the street saying 'Look at me singing about male prostitution, isn't that incredibly unique!' I don't want plaudits for examining a new subject, but I will say that even coming across a pop record with a reasonably unique situation is in itself interesting."
- Morrissey, Vox, 1990

"Scattered singles flit through 1990, rounded off by the puzzle of Piccadilly palare (number 18), a student work of novelty that wears off before noon. I am so confused by the song that I turn down Top of the Pops. (...) With the fluster of Piccadilly palare I am confused by a song that I do not overly care for - mainly because of the rinky-dink Kinks sound spurting from the pale and pasty Kill Uncle session."
- Morrissey, "Autobiography"