"Roy's Keen"
(Morrissey/Alain Whyte)


The song was very likely written during 1996, or at the latest during the recording session for the "Maladjusted" album at Hook End Manor in January 1997, with producer Steve Lillywhite. Musicians on this recording were Boz Boorer (guitars), Alain Whyte (guitars, backing vocals), Jonny Bridgwood (bass) and Spencer Cobrin (drums).

Another version was recorded on 16 August 1997 for Morrissey's appearance on Y107's Modern Rock Live programme in Los Angeles, alongside 4 other numbers from the "Maladjusted" album. The personnel was the same as above.


album / single version {3:34}
"Maladjusted" album, original edition
(not on the 2009 expanded edition)
"Roy's Keen" single, all formats


Modern Rock Live radio session 16 August 1997 {3:18}
Nothing from this 5-song radio session (also including "Maladjusted", "Trouble Loves Me", "Satan Rejected My Soul" and "Alma Matters") has ever been given an official release, but average sounding recordings of the tracks can be found on various manufactured bootlegs as well as in digital format on the internet.
The Jack Docherty Show 31 December 1997 [tv]
This performance is circulated on bootleg video compilations of Morrissey television appearances. The audio has not yet been compiled on a manufactured bootleg but it is found in digital format on the internet.
Top Of The Pops February 2003 [tv]
This performance, originally recorded on 5 September 1997 but not broadcast until February 2003, is commonly found on bootleg video compilations of Morrissey television appearances. The audio from this broadcast is not circulated on bootlegs because the performance was lipsynched.


This song has been done in concert 62 times by Morrissey. It was played at a majority of concerts on the 1997 Maladjusted tour (44 times out of 54 dates). It found itself a part-timer on the subsequent Oye Esteban tour, as Morrissey sang it here and there for a total of 18 times on the 1999 half of the tour.

There are no officially released live recordings of the song at this point in time.


radio edit {3:14}
Not officially released, leaked on the internet in 2007