As you probably know by now, The Analog Kid lives for b-sides and non-album cuts. In this continuing series, I will share some of my favorite EPs and 12″ singles from over the years in their entirety. And since it’s digital, you don’t have to worry about correctly setting the turntable speed to  or 33⅓ or 45!

It’s Smiths/Morrissey week here on the Analog Kid blog! Why, you ask?

Because there must be something horribly wrong with me…

We’ve reached the last day of Smiths/Morrissey week here on the Analog Kid blog, and to say that I’m still on a high from last night’s show would be an understatement. Morrissey was in fine voice, and he seemed genuinely touched as he collected armloads of birthday gifts from the fans down front. He shocked me by playing Smiths classics “Hand In Glove” and “Asleep,” but my highlight was a note-perfect version of the early solo b-side “Yes I Am Blind.”  Thanks for the ticket, Matt!

For the final entry of Smiths/Morrissey week, I have decided to feature the U.K. 12″ single for “Girlfriend In A Coma.” This single includes the non-album tracks “I Keep Mine Hidden” and “Work Is A Four-Letter Word,” and these two songs are the last recordings the band made together. As a bonus track, I have included a rare unreleased demo version of “Girlfriend In A Coma.”

Let’s whisper our last goodbyes to Smiths/Morrissey week. I’m just glad that I started something I could actually finish!

Girlfriend In A Coma [U.K. 12_]

The Smiths: “Girlfiend In A Coma” [U.K. 12″]

Rough Trade, 1987

1. “Girlfriend In A Coma” (Morrissey/Marr)

Girlfriend In A Coma

2. “Work Is A Four-Letter Word” (Woolfenden/Black/Black)

Work Is A Four-Letter Word

3. “I Keep Mine Hidden” (Morrissey/Marr)

I Keep Mine Hidden


Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

Girlfriend In A Coma [U.K. 12_]

The Smiths: “Girlfriend In A Coma [Demo]” (Morrissey/Marr)

Previously unreleased

Girlfriend In A Coma [Demo]

Hand In Glove [U.K. 7_]

The Smiths: “Hand In Glove” (Morrissey/Marr)

Rough Trade, 1983

Hand In Glove

Ouija Board, Ouija Board [U.K. 12_]

Morrissey: “Yes I Am Blind” (Morrissey/Rourke)

From the U.S. 12″ single Ouija Board, Ouija Board

Sire Records, 1989

Yes, I Am Blind

The World Won't Listen 1

The Smiths: “Asleep” (Morrissey/Marr)

From the compilation album The World Won’t Listen

Rough Trade, 1985


Strangeways, Here We Come

The Smiths: “I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish” (Morrissey/Marr)

From the album Strangeways, Here We Come

Rough Trade, 1987

I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish

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