"The Last Of The Famous International Playboys"|
A first version of this song came together when Stephen Street started working with Morrissey, in the autumn of 1987 immediately after the end of the Smiths. This first version featured different Street music and possibly different Morrissey lyrics.
Its second and definitive incarnation came together in November-December 1988 at Wool Hall Studios in Bath, with producer Stephen Street. Musicians on this recording were Craig Gannon (guitar), Andy Rourke (bass), Mike Joyce (drums), Stephen Street (keyboards) and Neil Taylor (second guitar).
This song has been performed in concert a total of 121 times by Morrissey, perhaps even up to 125 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 59 times, perhaps even 63 times. It was done only 9 times on the following year's Your Arsenal tour, once at a festival appearance very early in the tour, then eight more times at the end of the year in the USA and Europe. It was resurrected one month into the 2007-2008 Greatest Hits tour and done on-and-off for a total of 51 airings over 91 dates. It was last heard in 2011 when it was played only once, in Inverness on 17 June. Despite having this song re-released as a single in 2013, he did not sing it in concert that year and did not even rehearse it ahead of the cancelled South American tour.
No demos or studio outtakes of this song have leaked to the general public at this point in time.