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This Charming Man (single)

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Cover art
Reissue cover art
Name This Charming Man
Release 28 October 1983

3 August 1992 (UK CD1 reissue)
10 August 1992 (UK CD2 reissue)

Length 2:41
Recorded October, 1983
Writer/composer Morrissey/Marr
Producer John Porter
Art work Cover star: Jean Marais in "Orphée" (1950)
Vinyl Etching SLAP ME ON THE PATIO (7" B-side)
Publisher Rough Trade Records (UK)
Sire Records (US)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD, Cassette
Chart position UK #25
UK #8 (1992 reissue)
Single chronology
Hand In Glove
This Charming Man
What Difference Does It Make?
Single WEA reissue chronology
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
This Charming Man
How Soon Is Now? (WEA reissue)

Track list

7" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RT 136]

  1. This Charming Man – 2:41 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Jeane – 3:02 (Morrissey/Marr)

12" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RTT 136]

  1. This Charming Man (Manchester) – 2:42 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. This Charming Man (London) – 2:45 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. Accept Yourself – 3:55 (Morrissey/Marr)
  4. Wonderful Woman – 3:08 (Morrissey/Marr)

12" New York Mix Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RTT 136 NY]
Remixed by François Kevorkian

  1. This Charming Man (New York Vocal) – 5:33 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. This Charming Man (New York Instrumental) – 4:19 (Morrissey/Marr)

CD Single 1

UK - [WEA YZ0001CD1]

  1. This Charming Man (Manchester) – 2:41 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. This Charming Man (London) – 2:47 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. Wonderful Woman – 3:08 (Morrissey/Marr)
  4. Accept Yourself – 3:55 (Morrissey/Marr)

CD Single 2

UK - [WEA YZ0001CD2]

  1. This Charming Man (Manchester) – 2:42 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. This Charming Man (London) – 2:45 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. This Charming Man (New York Vocal) – 5:33 (Morrissey/Marr)
  4. This Charming Man (New York Instrumental) – 4:19 (Morrissey/Marr)
  5. This Charming Man (Peel Session) – 2:42 (Morrissey/Marr)
  6. This Charming Man (Single Remix) – 2:44 (Morrissey/Marr)
  7. This Charming Man (Original Single Version) – 2:41 (Morrissey/Marr)


Punctured bicycle on a hillside desolate Will Nature make a man of me yet? When in this charming car This charming man

Why pamper life's complexity When the leather runs smooth on the passenger seat?

I would go out tonight But I haven't got a stitch to wear This man said: "It's gruesome that someone so handsome should care"

A jumped-up pantry boy Who never knew his place He said - "Return the ring" He knows so much about these things He knows so much about these things

I would go out tonight But I haven't got a stitch to wear This man said: "It's gruesome that someone so handsome should care"

This charming man This charming man

A jumped-up pantry boy Who never knew his place He said - "Return the ring" He knows so much about these things He knows so much about these things He knows so much about these things

Sleeve Artwork

Music Video


Live History

Play count (The Smiths concert): 93

The Smiths live history:

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The Smiths live history - played in concert twice:

Play count (Morrissey concert): 113

Morrissey live history:

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Appears On

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Discogs Information


  • Bass Guitar - Andy Rourke
  • Drums - Mike Joyce
  • Executive-Producer - Geoff Travis
  • Guitar, Piano - Johnny Marr
  • Lacquer Cut By - Tim Young
  • Music By - Johnny Marr
  • Other [Cover Star] - Jean Marais
  • Sleeve - The Smiths
  • Voice - Morrissey
  • Words By - Steven Morrissey
  • Written-By - Johnny Marr
  • Written-By - Steven Morrissey


Labels: 1983 Glad Hips Music

Back cover: Cover Star: Jean Marais


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Discogs information (additional release)


Remixed at Right Track Studios New York. 1983 Glad Hips Music. Distributed by The Cartel. Durations do not appear on release.

Typo on Kevorkian name on both labels ('Kervorkian' instead of 'Kevorkian')

This is very similar to This Charming Man (New York), however note the lack of "MVS" in the matrix information of this release. In addition, the Rough Trade logo on the labels is also different.


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Discogs information (additional release)


[Sticker, all upper-case] The Smiths ‘This Charming Man’ CD1 - Limited Edition This double CD box contains part 1 of a 2 CD set YZ0001 CD1

[Inlay] This limited edition CD features the original single version of "This Charming Man" together with "Jeane" (the original 7" B side) and "Accept Yourself" & "Wonderful Woman" (the original 12" B sides) The [url=/release/381543]second CD[/url] (available separately) features every version of "This Charming Man".

[Case backside] Photograph © 1990 Visionlights ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Ltd. © 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd. The copyright in this sound recording and artwork is owned by Warner Music Ltd. A Time Warner Company.

Notes: All producer/recording credits on the inlay refer (misleadingly) to [url=/release/381543]CD 2[/url] of the CD-set; on the CD itself they are correct.

CD comes in a Double-CD case. Instead of the 2nd CD the media tray holds a CD-shaped cardboard reading: "The Smiths The Second THIS CHARMING MAN CD-Single fits in this space. Containing every version of the song ever released (and one previously unreleased version) it is available FOR ONE WEEK ONLY. To Order your copy ask for YZ0001CD2"


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Discogs information (additional release)


Tracks 3 and 4 remixed at Right Track Studios, New York. Track 5 taken from the BBC Radio One John Peel Show […] broadcast date 21.9.83 released by arragement with BBC Enterprises Ltd.

Photograph © 1990 Visionlights ℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Ltd. 5. ℗ 1990 BBC © 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd.

This special CD is available for one week only, and contains every version of "This Charming Man". [url=/release/381533]Another CD single[/url] is also available in limited quantities featuring all the original single A & B sides.


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Discogs information (additional release)


Re-release of the 1983 hit

℗ 1983 Warner Music UK Ltd. © 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd.


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Wikipedia Information


"This Charming Man" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths, written by guitarist Johnny Marr and singer Morrissey. Released as the group's second single in October 1983 on the independent record label Rough Trade, it is defined by Marr's jangle pop guitar riff and Morrissey's characteristically morose lyrics, which revolve around the recurrent Smiths themes of sexual ambiguity and lust.Feeling detached from the early 1980s mainstream gay culture, Morrissey wrote "This Charming Man" to evoke an older, more coded and self-aware underground scene. The singer said of the song's lyrics: "I really like the idea of the male voice being quite vulnerable, of it being taken and slightly manipulated, rather than there being always this heavy machismo thing that just bores everybody."Although only moderately successful on first release—the single peaked at number 25 on the UK Singles Chart—"This Charming Man" has been widely praised in both the music and mainstream press. Re-issued in 1992, it reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart (making it the Smiths' biggest UK hit by chart position). In 2004, BBC Radio 2 listeners voted it number 97 on the station's "Sold on Song Top 100" poll. Mojo magazine journalists placed the track at number 1 on their 2008 "50 Greatest UK Indie Records of All Time" feature. It was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry in 2019.