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To promote his latest album "Southpaw Grammar", Morrissey was hired to warm up audiences for David Bowie on his Outside tour. This was the first time since the Smiths' early days that Morrissey opened for someone else. Unfortunately the idea wasn't the best. Morrissey had to perform to venues half-filled with Bowie fans waiting for their idol to hit the stage, while his own fans were packed near the stage.

After two weeks Morrissey withdrew from the tour. Planned dates in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle, as well as more in Europe were cancelled and Bowie had to find a replacement. There was talk that Morrissey would re-join the tour at some point, but a replacement had been found, so he went and did dates in Japan in mid-December.

Unfortunately these dates in the UK, Ireland and Japan were the only ones promoting a misunderstood album that had gotten a lukewarm reception from fans and critics. With its rawer sound "Southpaw Grammar" was made to be translated to live performance and would have benefited from more live exposure. It would be another two years before Morrissey would reconcile skeptical fans with "Southpaw Grammar" when he performed most of it on the "Maladjusted" tour.

There were obviously no encores on this tour. Morrissey maintained the Boxers tour tradition of throwing a signed tambourine into the crowd. He was more expressive on stage and often mimed lyrics. One such instance which had fans talking happened during "The Boy Racer" when Morrissey waved a finger at crotch level during the 'standing at the urinal' part of the song.

The typical tour outfit for Morrissey was a suit two sizes too small and the 1 oz necklace he is seen wearing on the back of the "Vauxhall & I" album.

Personnel was Boz Boorer (guitars), Alain Whyte (guitars), Spencer Cobrin (drums) and Jonny Bridgwood (bass).


None, Morrissey was the support artist for David Bowie.


- A "two lumps please" mug was sold in Exeter and Cardiff only (view).
- A yellow t-shirt with blue ringers around the arms and neck, with tour dates on the back (view).
- A white t-shirt with a Morrissey photo from the Southpaw Grammar LP booklet session on the front and the words "Do your best and don't worry" written across the back (view).
- A green shirt showing the artwork of the "World Of Morrissey" album.
- A white t-shirt showing Morrissey at the Griffith Observatory, a leftover from the Boxers tour (view front and back).
- A Morrissey postcard with an invitation to get on a mailing list (to stay informed about new releases and tour dates) was given away for free to everyone who attended (view).
- There was no tour programme for Morrissey, but there was one for headliner David Bowie (which presumably did not include any Morrissey content).


The music from the intro tape varied gradually from one date to another. Here's a list of some of the music that was played.
T-Rex - Telegram Sam
Echobelly - Give Her A Gun
X-Ray Spex - The Day The World Turned Dayglo
Angelic Upstarts - Never Had Nothin'
Jobriath - Heartbeat
Siouxsie And The Banshees - Mother/Oh Mein Papa
Angelic Upstarts - Teenage Warning
Angelic Upstarts - I'm An Upstart
Angelic Upstarts - Kids On The Streets
Elvis Costello And The Attractions - Armed Forces (which track?)
Marvelettes - Anything You Wanna Do
Raymonde - Raymonde
The soundtrack to Derek Jarman's film titled "Blue" was also heard.
Morrissey hit the stage after the William Blake poem "Jerusalem" sung by the Borstal inmates in "The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner" film.


Kenny Lane from the "Southpaw Grammar" cover, except for the first show, Dublin and Exeter where the Boxers tour photo of Cornelius Carr was used.


Morrissey played 14 tracks on the first night of the Outside tour, but this was considered too long for an opening act (a 15th was also planned but skipped!). On the second date, the setlist length was brought down to 13, then about a week later, to 12.

Most of the newly released "Southpaw Grammar" was given to the fans. "Do Your Best And Don't Worry" was set opener for most of the short tour, usually followed by "Reader Meet Author" and "The Boy Racer". "Dagenham Dave" was always followed by "The Operation" without interruption and without the latter's drum intro. "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils" was the last or next-to-last song performed. The new b-side "Nobody Loves Us" was also played on most nights. Finally the recent EMI single "Sunny" was played only once on this tour, on the very first date. It was the first number on the chopping block when the setlist had to be shortened.

"Vauxhall & I" was also well represented in the setlist. "Speeway" and "Spring Heeled Jim" were regulars in the set. "Billy Budd" was performed on most nights while "Hold On To Your Friends" was played until halfway into the tour when it was replaced by "Now My Heart Is Full" which had been cut from the setlist after the first gig.

"Your Arsenal" was represented by its two most controversial tracks, "We'll Let You Know" and "The National Front Disco". The latter was skipped on the first night, but after that it became the standard set closer with its usual noisy and chaotic live ending.

Finally the Smiths' "London" was introduced in the set in Dublin. The song had been introduced live on the Boxers tour, and it was still for many fans the highlight of the night.

Here is the number of times each song was performed on this leg, in descending order of frequency. This is based on 9 concerts.

Do Your Best And Don't Worry - 9
Reader Meet Author - 9
Speedway - 9
Spring-Heeled Jim - 9
The Boy Racer - 9
The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils - 9
Dagenham Dave - 8
Nobody Loves Us - 8
The National Front Disco - 8
The Operation - 8
We'll Let You Know - 8
Billy Budd - 7
Now My Heart Is Full - 6
Hold On To Your Friends - 4
London - 3
Sunny - 1

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"Do Your Best And Don't Worry" was the near-standard set opener on these dates, and in it Morrissey usually sang "the way you hang yourself" instead of "the way you watch yourself" and sometimes replaced "you on a pale day" by "you on a drab day" or "you in a drab dress". "Reader Meet Author" was sometimes made more personal by singing "have you ever escaped from a Manchester life?". In "The Boy Racer", Morrissey usually sang the more family-friendly line "and I'm gonna tell him" instead of "and I'm gonna kill him". In "Nobody Loves Us", he often messed the "Call us home" lines, by following those words by "..tuck us in" or "miss our cheeks" instead of "kiss our cheeks", "tuck us in" instead of "make our tea", or vice versa, etc. From one night to the next, those changes were rarely the same. In "Dagenham Dave", Morrissey sometimes sang "Everybody loves him, I can't think why".

In "We'll Let You Know", where Morrissey usually sang "we sadly know" in the album version, on the first few dates of this tour he sang "we'll always know. He then reverted to the usual live change "of course we know". Like he did mostly on the Your Arsenal tour and sometimes on the Boxers tour from earlier that year, he ended the song with the line "we are the last truly British people that you wouldn't want to know and so on..." In "The Operation", Morrissey sang "you don't catch what I'm saying because you're deafened to advice" and changed "You say pleasant things" to "You say kind things". The latter song was always performed without its drum intro, and segued from the end of "Dagenham Dave". In "Now My Heart Is Full", Morrissey sang "I was tired again" instead "I'm tired again".

In "Speedway", the intro lines "And when you slam down the hammer can you see it in your heart?" were dropped and Morrissey sang "when you try to break my spirit, it just won't happen" as well as "all of the rumours leaving me grounded". Previous live change "until my ugly mouth is shut good and proper" was dropped. In set closer "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils" Morrissey slightly stretched a line to "and in fact you think it's essential". But more importantly, the two verses starting with "Say the wrong word" were dropped so the live version wouldn't last 10 minutes like the song does on "Southpaw Grammar". However the sample at the end wasn't dropped. "The National Front Disco" became the standard set closer when it was introduced on the second of these dates, and as he always did on the Your Arsenal tour or the Boxers tour, Morrissey changed a line to "Ah, have we lost our boy" and skipped the title, the "Ah, then you might do" and the "When you've settled the score" lines. The song also still ended in a blinding chaos of feedback and lights.


At this point in time, nothing from these dates has been made available on official releases.


The last three Wembley dates are available on bootleg VHS and DVD. The 18 November bootleg is a montage of two different recordings from different angles, something which might make it more appealing to certain viewers. However the quality is subpar. The 17 November concert was filmed from the balcony and the footage is steady. It is available with its original bad sound track as well as in 'restored' form using the audio track from the "Practising Troublemaker" bootleg (see audio bootleg section for latter title info). The 15 November concert is available in its entirety (minus the second half of "Billy Budd") on bootleg VHS and DVD. The filming was done from the left balcony and the footage is steady.


All dates from this short tour are available on bootlegs. However it must be noted that the first Birmingham concert recording is unavailable on the internet, digitalized concerts found under this date are actually from the next night which took place in the same venue. Setlist-wise the most interesting recording is for the first Wembley concert (sometimes found under the title "So Unfair") because 14 songs were played that night, including "Sunny" which wasn't played on any other date, and "Now My Heart Is Full" which was off the setlist for half of the tour. However casual collectors might prefer the manufactured bootleg cd "Practising Troublemaker" which features "Sunny" and "Now My Heart Is Full" from the latter date as bonus tracks to a better recording (half-FM and half-audience) from 17 November 1995.

The 15 November (occasionally circulated under the title "London 15.11.1995") and 21 November gigs are the next best ones, soundwise, but collectors might prefer the Dublin (occasionally circulated under the title "Dublin 1995") and Exeter gigs. They are slightly inferior in sound, but they include "London" which was not on any other setlist from this tour before that. The only other date featuring "London" is Cardiff which, just like the 18 November recording, has a poor sound.