"November Spawned A Monster"|
This song was very likely written at some point in 1989. It was recorded during the "Bona Drag" sessions at Hook End Manor in the winter of 1989 into 1990, with producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. Musicians on this recording were Kevin Armstrong (guitar), Andy Rourke (bass) and Andrew Paresi (drums). Mary Margaret O'Hara provided the 'screams' heard in the song's bridge.
Soon after being recorded, the song was remixed, presumably by producers Langer and Winstanley (at Hook End Manor?). Many mixes were done, one was selected to be released under the title "November The Second". Test pressings were printed, but the remix ended up being shelved until 2010 when it was finally made available on a reissued single (see below).
This song has been done in concert a total of 285 times by Morrissey, very likely up to 289 times if we take into account the fact that setlist information is missing for 4 concerts from the 1991 Kill Uncle tour. This places it in the top 10 of his 'live hall of fame'. The song got its live introduction on the latter 1991 tour and it appears to have been played every single night that year. Morrissey sang it as assiduously on the 1992 Your Arsenal tour, at every concert bar one. After a break of a few years, it returned to the set on the 1999-2000 Oye Esteban tour when it was rarely absent from the setlist (played 67 times out of 75 concerts). It was also off the setlist barely more than a handful of times on the subsequent 2002 tour with no name. The 2004 You Are The Quarry tour started without it, but after its return to the set at the end of August, it was only skipped twice between then and the end of the year. After an extensive 8-year break, Morrissey sang it at every one of the 6 shows he gave in Australia and New Zealand at the end of 2012 and then at every one of the 15 shows he gave in the USA in early 2013.
"She's the oddest, most eccentric person I've ever met, I went into the vocal booth and said 'Just simply give birth', which she most expertly did, while I stood behind with a mop and a bucket."
"November spawned a monster [is] a pivotal allegro of agitation whose sumptuousness frees me from the recent past."