"The Bed Took Fire"
(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), Neil Taylor (second guitar) and Stephen Street (keyboards). It was originally meant to be released as a b-side on the "Interesting Drug" single, 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. The new mix was finally satisfying enough for Morrissey to release it as a b-side on the "Piccadilly Palare" single, but under the alternate title "At Amber".


album version {2:39}
"Bona Drag" - redesigned edition

See also "At Amber".


This song has never been performed specifically for radio, television or the web, either as "The Bed Took Fire" or "At Amber".


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. It was at the time only known by its alternate title "At Amber". There are no officially released live recordings of this one-off performance at this point in time.


unreleased b-side {2:39}
This version was lifted from a scrapped CBS Studios 12" acetate of "Interesting Drug" and was leaked on the internet in the late 1990s or early 2000s. It is the same as the officially released version above except for the fact that it was remastered before being released.