"At Amber"
(Morrissey/Stephen Street)


This song was written and recorded during the sessions that supplied the material for the single "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" and "Interesting Drug", in November/December 1988 at Wool Hall Studios in Bath, with producer Stephen Street. The musicians on this recording were Craig Gannon (guitar), Andy Rourke (bass), Mike Joyce (drums) and Neil Taylor (second guitar). It was originally meant to be released as a b-side on the "Interesting Drug" single under its original title "The Bed Took Fire", but Morrissey was not satisfied with it and it was finally shelved.

While he was recording the material for "Bona Drag" at Hook End Manor during the winter of 1989-1990, Morrissey invited producer Stephen Street to join him and retouch his recording of the song, which also passed into the hands of producer Alan Winstanley who is credited for extra mixing. The new mix was finally satisfying enough for Morrissey to release as a b-side on the "Piccadilly Palare" single, but under the alternate title "At Amber".


single version {2:43}
• 12" and cd-single of "Piccadilly Palare"
"The Loop", a French giveaway cd-EP
• The Centenary Edition of the "Viva Hate" album
"My Early Burglary Years" album
"The HMV/Parlophone Singles '88-'95" album

See also the early version of this song released under the alternate title "The Bed Took Fire".


This song has never been performed specifically for radio, television or the web.


The song has been performed live only once by Morrissey, on 9 August 2002, the very first date of that year's tour with no name. There are no officially released live recordings of this one-off performance at this point in time.


No demos or studio outtakes of this second variation of the song have leaked to the general public at this point in time. However, a version of "The Bed Took Fire" has made it onto bootlegs.