"Redondo Beach"


The only confirmed studio recording of this Patti Smith cover is Morrissey's appearance on Janice Long's radio programme on BBC2, on 17 December 2004, with musicians Boz Boorer (guitars), Jesse Tobias (guitars), Gary Day (bass), Dean Butterworth (drums) and Michael Farrell (keyboards). "I'm Playing Easy To Get", "It's Hard To Walk Tall When You're Small" and "Noise Is The Best Revenge" were also recorded on the same occasion.

It appears unlikely that Morrissey would have recorded a proper studio version for himself. If he did, for some reason he preferred to release a live version when the song became a single the following year (see below).


This song was never released in studio form (other than the radio session mentioned below).


Janice Long radio session 17 December 2004 {3:52}
Two songs from this radio session ("It's Hard To Walk Talk When You're Small" and "Noise Is The Best Revenge") were given an official release, but this one as well as "I'm Playing Easy To Get") are only available on various manufactured bootlegs as well as in digital format on the internet.


This song has only been done in concert 7 times by Morrissey, all at the very end of the 2004 You Are The Quarry tour. It was surprising to see one of those 7 live performances released as a single the following year, considering the song's brief stage life.

live England December 2004 {4:07}
"Redondo Beach"/"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" single, all formats
"Live At Earls Court" live album
"Greatest Hits" album [remastered; 3:56]


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



Morrissey, in a Q&A session on True To You in June 2007: "As for 'Redondo beach', I've always said how Patti Smith's 'Horses' album changed my life. When I told Patti I had released it as a single she said it wouldn't chart because of the 'Patti Smith curse', but we just missed the top ten by a few copies, even though, as always, zero airplay."