"The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get"
(Morrissey/Boz Boorer)


The song was very likely written during the recording sessions for the "Vauxhall & I" album which took place between June and August 1993 at Hook End Manor. It was recorded with producer Steve Lillywhite and musicians Boz Boorer (guitar), Alain Whyte (guitar), Jonny Bridgwood (bass) and Woodie Taylor (drums).


single / album version {3:44}
"The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" single, all formats
"Vauxhall & I" album
"Suedehead - The Best Of" album
"¡Oye Esteban!", a DVD video retrospective
"¡The Best Of!" album
"Greatest Hits" album [remastered 2008]
"The HMV/Parlophone Singles '88-'95" album
"Very Best Of Morrissey" [remastered 2011; audio and video]
"Vauxhall & I" album, 20th anniversary edition [remastered 2014]


Top Of The Pops 3 March 1994 [tv]
This is widely circulated on bootleg video compilations of Morrissey television appearances. The audio is commonly found in good quality on various manufactured bootlegs as well as in digital format on the internet despite being the song's studio version (as the performance was lipsynched).


This song has been done in concert a total of 88 times by Morrissey. It was on the setlist at each and every one of the 18 shows on the 1995 Boxers tour. It was played a further three times at the tail end of the Southpaw Grammar tour later that year. It was done on and off on the subsequent Maladjusted tour in 1997, for a total of 30 airings out of 54 dates. Morrissey sang it 11 times in the 2000 half of the Oye Esteban tour, mostly towards the end. After a break of 4 years, it returned to the set in early October 2004 on the You Are The Quarry tour and done a 26 times out of the remaining 29 dates before the end of the year.

live Sheffield 8 February 1995 {3:33}
"Introducing Morrissey", a live concert on video
live London 26 February 1995 {?:??}
"Vauxhall & I" album, 20th anniversary 2-cd edition
live England December 2004 {3:52}
"Live At Earls Court" live album


soundcheck {3:54}
This soundcheck found on the internet was recorded on an unknown date. It has someone from the band (Alain?) singing in place of Morrissey.
US remix {3:47}
Taken from a record company cd-r of a scrapped reissue project, this has not yet leaked on bootlegs. It does not sound drastically different to the officially released version.