"The Boy Racer"|
This song must have been written at some point in 1994. An instrumental was recorded in December 1994 at Miraval Studios in France, with Boz Boorer (guitar), Alain Whyte (guitar), Johnny Bridgwood (bass) and Woodie Taylor (drums), but no Morrissey.
It came together at rehearsals in January 1995 at Abbey Road studios in London, with Spencer Cobrin replacing Woodie Taylor at the drums. The song was recorded with producer Steve Lillywhite at Hook End Manor the following March-April alongside most of the rest of the "Southpaw Grammar" album.
This song has been performed live 125 times by Morrissey. The singer has rarely played a song so consistently, as it was done without a break on the first 120 concerts following its live introduction: every night on the 13-date Southpaw Grammar Tour from late 1995 and the 54-date Maladjusted Tour of 1997, then on the first 53 dates of the 1999-2000 Oye Esteban tour. It was then given a rest for six weeks, to return for 4 more dates near the end of the latter tour. Following that it was done only once, as the setlist opener of the very first date of 2011.
There are no officially released live recordings of the song at this point in time.