"Action Is My Middle Name"
(Morrissey/Boz Boorer)


The song was presumably written during the year preceding its live debut in the summer of 2011. It is not known if a proper studio version was recorded by Morrissey for himself prior to the Janice Long session recorded for the BBC on 10 June 2011 and broadcast on 15 June 2011 (producer: Mark Plant). The musicians who played on the latter recording are Boz Boorer (guitar), Jesse Tobias (guitar), Matt Walker (drums), Solomon Walker (bass) and Gustavo Manzur (keyboards, perhaps more).


This song has yet to be released in studio form otherwise than as the radio and television sessions mentioned below. It has also been released in live form (see below).


Janice Long BBC Live radio session 15 June 2011 {2:45}
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Because this radio session was the only source for this song until its official release almost two years later, it is more commonly found on the internet in bootleg form than from an official source.
Studio In Session March 2012 [tv] {2:59}
"25Live", a live concert on video [bonus material]
Because of the time elapsed between the original broadcast and the inclusion as bonus material on the above release, this performance as well as the other three from the same set ("The Kid's A Looker", "Scandinavia" and "People Are The Same Everywhere") and the Morrissey banter are also widely circulated on video and audio bootlegs.
Late Show With David Letterman 8 January 2013 [tv]
This is circulated on bootleg video and the audio can be found in digital format on the internet.


The song has been performed live 69 times by morrissey since its live introduction in 2011. It was done frequently (37 times out of 47 dates) in 2011, much less in 2012 (17 times out of 56 dates), then on every night in 2013.

live Hollywood High School 2 March 2013 {:}
"25Live", a live concert on video


No demos or studio outtakes of this song have leaked to the general public at this point in time.