"The Loop"
(Morrissey/Mark E. Nevin)


This song appears to have been written at some point in 1990. It was recorded at Hook End Manor with producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, but information regarding the time of recording and personnel involved is not clear. Biographer Simon Goddard states that the song was recorded at the end of the "Kill Uncle" album sessions which took place in the autumn of 1990. However the song credits seem to point to the post "Kill Uncle" recording session in December 1990 where Morrissey recorded material for a planned but shelved rockabilly mini-album. In both scenarios Mark Nevin played guitar, Andrew Paresi drums and Steve Heart organ, but Boz Boorer is credited as second guitar (he entered the picture between the two sessions) and Jonny Bridgwood is credited for bass instead of Mark 'Bedders' Bedford who had that job on the "Kill Uncle" sessions.


single version {4:17}
• 12", cd-single and USA cassette-single of "Sing Your Life"
• Japan cd-single of "My Love Life"
"The Loop", a French giveaway cd-EP
"The World Of Morrissey" album
"The HMV/Parlophone Singles '88-'95" album


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


This song has been done a total of 194 times in concert by Morrissey, perhaps even 196 times if we take into account the absence of information for a few setlists in 1991. It was introduced into Morrissey's sets at the beginning of July on the 1991 Kill Uncle tour, dropped for almost a month, then played without stop for the rest of the tour, for a total of 28, perhaps 30 performances. It was played once again at the very beginning of the 1992 Your Arsenal tour, then dropped three months, reintegrated into the set in early October to be played as a regular until the end of the year, for a total of 36 performances. The song was then given a break of 15 years. It returned halfway into the 2007-2008 Greatest Hits tour and was on the setlist a majority of nights (40) of that tour's latter half. Morrissey sang it at every show he did in 2009, except for the first two of the Tour Of Refusal at the beginning of the year and two concerts that ended prematurely on the Swords tour late in the year.

live Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre 31 October 1991 {?:??}
"Your Arsenal" album, redesigned edition bonus DVD
live Paris 22 December 1992 {3:50}
"Beethoven Was Deaf" live album


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