"Jack The Ripper"|
This song, or at least its musical half, was apparently written in May 1992. It was recorded during a b-sides session in October 1992 at Abbey Road Studios, the final recording session with producer Mick Ronson. The musicians on this recording were Boz Boorer (guitar), Alain Whyte (guitar), Gary Day (bass) and Spencer Cobrin (drums). Two versions were attempted with the same musicians whilst on the Your Arsenal tour, between 11 and 14 November 1992 at Sea-Saint Studio in New Orleans, with the legendary Allen Toussaint as a producer, but not much was accomplished.
This song has never been performed specifically for radio, television or the web.
The song has been done in concert a total of 125 times by Morrissey. The first 22 airings were at the tail end of the 1992 Your Arsenal tour, following its live introduction in early October. It was on the setlist each and every night on the 1995 Boxers tour. It was then given a break, to return on the 2002 tour with no name when it was again done each and every night. It was performed regularly at the start of the 2004 You Are The Quarry tour, until the birthday concert in Manchester, after which it was only done very sporadically, for a total of 18 airings. It was last heard on the 2007-2008 Greatest Hits tour when it was done on a majority of dates in late 2007 and early 2008 (total 20 performances).
No demos or studio outtakes of this song have leaked to the general public at this point in time.