This song was written and recorded during the sessions that supplied the material for the singles "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), Stephen Street (keyboards) and Neil Taylor (second guitar), with of course a special appearance by Kirsty MacColl on backing vocals.
This song has never been performed specifically for radio, television or the web.
This song has been performed in concert a total of 66 times by Morrissey, perhaps even up to 70 times if we take into account the fact that some setlists from 1991 have been lost. It was on the setlist for Morrissey's live debut at Wolverhampton in 1988, backed by Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon. It was done almost every night on the 1991 Kill Uncle tour for a total of 58 times, perhaps even 62 times. The song was very often slotted as set opener that year. It was done only 4 times on the following year's Your Arsenal tour, once at a festival appearance very early in the tour, then three more times in November near the end. It was resurrected for three more airings in late October and early November 2007 in the middle of the Greatest Hits tour.
No demos or studio outtakes of this song have leaked to the general public at this point in time.