"East West"
(Graham Gouldman)


This Herman's Hermits cover was recorded during the "Ouija Board, Ouija Board" single session in September 1989 at Outside Studios (Hook End Manor), with producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. Musicians on this recording were Kevin Armstrong (guitars), Matthew Seligman (bass) and Andrew Paresi (drums).


single version {2:35}
• 12" and cd-single of "Ouija Board, Ouija Board"
• USA and Canada cassette of "Ouija Board, Ouija Board"
"The HMV/Parlophone Singles '88-'95" album
"Kill Uncle" album, redesigned edition [remastered 2013]


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


This song has never been done live.


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



Morrissey, in a December 1989 interview to Q Magazine, when asked "Was covering a Herman's Hermits tune by way of reaffirming your roots in '60s Manchester?", answered "Yes, it was, and also a way of saying goodbye to certain things, a certain period in my life. Perhaps not directly a '60s obsession, because I think all that's fading away and the world of the single is fading away, which was obviously the world of Herman's Hermits.

In a different interview (source needed) he said "I feel homesickness very strongly. When I travel, which I rarely do, I feel very queasy and very lost. I can't adapt to new cities and that's why I liked 'East West' because to me it was the kind of song you would listen to when you were away from home and you would want to be home."