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THE SMITHS Single
Name Hand In Glove
Release 13 May 1983
14 April 1984 (Sandie Shaw release)
18 June 2022 (Sandie Shaw release Record Store Day 2022 drop 2 colored vinyl re-issue)
Total Length 3:12
3:25 (album version)
2:59 (Sandie Shaw release)
Recorded Winter 1983
Writer/composer Morrissey/Marr
Producer The Smiths
Art work Cover star: Unknown male, photo by Jim French - 'The Nude Male' (1978) by Margaret Walters / Rita Tushingham in "A Taste Of Honey" (1961) (Sandie Shaw release)
Vinyl Etching KISS MY SHADES
KISS MY SHADES TOO
Publisher Rough Trade Records (UK)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl
Chart position UK #124, UK #27 (Sandie Shaw release), UK Vinyl Chart #2 (Sandie Shaw reissue)
Single chronology
Hand In Glove
This Charming Man
Single (Sandie Shaw release) chronology
What Difference Does It Make?
Hand In Glove
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

Information

It is suggested the model George O'Mara is the cover star, but has never been fully substantiated.
This is further confused by two potential photographers: Jim French or Lou Thomas being the person who photographed him.
See this archive article for more.

Track list

7" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RT 131]

  1. Hand In Glove – 3:12
  2. Handsome Devil (live, Manchester 1983) – 2:53

7" Vinyl (Sandie Shaw release)

UK - [Rough Trade RT 130]

  1. Hand In Glove (featuring Sandie Shaw) – 2:59
  2. I Don't Owe You Anything (featuring Sandie Shaw) – 4:04

12" Vinyl (Sandie Shaw release)

UK - [Rough Trade RTT 130]

  1. Hand In Glove (featuring Sandie Shaw) – 2:59
  2. I Don't Owe You Anything (featuring Sandie Shaw) – 4:04
  3. Jeane (featuring Sandie Shaw) – 2:50

Lyrics

Hand in glove
The sun shines out of our behinds
No, it's not like any other love
This one is different because it's us

Hand in glove
We can go wherever we please
And everything depends upon
How near you stand to me

And if the people stare
Then, the people stare
I really don't know and I really don't care

Kiss my shades...

Hand in glove
The Good People laugh
Yes, we may be hidden by rags
But we have something they'll never have

Hand in glove
The sun shines out of our behinds
Yes, we may be hidden by rags
But we have something they'll never have

And if the people stare
Then, the people stare
I really don't know and I really don't care

Kiss my shades...

So hand in glove I stake my claim
I'll fight to the last breath
If they dare touch a hair on your head
I'll fight to the last breath

For The Good Life is out there, somewhere
So stay on my arm, you little charmer
But I know my luck too well
Yes, I know my luck too well
And I'll probably never see you again
I'll probably never see you again
I'll probably never see you again

Promotional Poster

Scan from "Hand In Glove" promo poster - Marc Capella / thesmiths.cat

Live History

Play count (The Smiths concert): 172

The Smiths live history:

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The Smiths live history - played in concert twice:

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Play count (Morrissey concert): 31

Morrissey live history:

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Appears On

Appears On Covers Compilation

Cover Versions

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Discogs Information

Credits

  • Bass Guitar - Andy Rourke
  • Drums - Mike Joyce
  • Guitar, Harmonica - Johnny Marr
  • Lacquer Cut By - Porky (5)
  • Music By [All] - Johnny Marr
  • Photography By - Jim French (4)
  • Producer, Sleeve - The Smiths
  • Voice - Morrissey
  • Words By [All] - Steven Morrissey
  • Written-By - Johnny Marr
  • Written-By - Steven Morrissey

Notes

Labels: ℗ 1983

Back cover: [A-side] Recorded at Strawberry Studios March 83 [B-side] Recorded live at The Hacienda Manchester 83

Endless Gratitude to Joe and Janet Contact address: 70, Portland St, Manchester M3. 061-236 8167

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

A side recorded at Strawberry Studios, March 83. B side recorded live at The Hacienda, Manchester 83.

London Collier street address.

Negative version of the original sleeve. Said to have been 25 copies only printed.

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Sandie Shaw sings Smiths songs in place of Morrissey.

Recorded at Matrix (London) Feb. 1984


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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

℗ & © 1984 Rough Trade Records Ltd.

Sandie Shaw sings Smiths songs in place of Morrissey, who does back-up vocals.

Cover star: Rita Tushingham, culled from A Taste Of Honey.

Text within circle on front cover reads "Platte in mehrfarbigem Vinyl"

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Record Store Day UK exclusive. Limited edition red vinyl,1500 copies. Comes with obi strip (crediting the release to 'Sandie Shaw + The Smiths'), poster and insert (in Japanese).

'Jeane' is an extended version, running at 3:12 compared to the original running time of 2:50.

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Wikipedia Information

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"Hand in Glove" is the debut single by English rock band the Smiths, written by singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. It was released in May 1983 on independent record label Rough Trade. It peaked at No. 3 on the UK Indie Chart but did not make the top 75 of the UK Singles Chart, settling outside at No. 124. A remixed version of the song was featured on the band's debut album, The Smiths, in 1984. That same year, a cover version recorded by singer Sandie Shaw featuring Smiths members Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce as backing musicians reached No. 27 on the UK Singles Chart.

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