UK 7" [Parlophone R6400]
The UK 7" comes in a glossy card sleeve opening from the side and indented on the back for easier access to the record (view front and back artwork from the menu on the left). The record has a solid centre and vintage black Parlophone labels with silver text and a big Parlophone logo top-left. There's a retro-looking "45RPM" top right, production credits, EMI copyright and publishing info on the left; label code, catalogue numbers, "BIEM/MCPS" and "Made In UK" on the right; track listing including songwriting credits and running time at the bottom above Morrissey's name; a legal warning around the top edge.
R 6400 A-2-1- / R 6400 B-2-1-
UK 12" [Parlophone 12R6400]
The front and back of the 12" sleeve are very slightly different to their respective 7" counterparts, in the cropping of the image and in the relative size of the text, logo and barcode (see left). The text on the back is the same except for the mention of this format's bonus track in the track listing (view left). The record comes inside a white poly-lined paper inner sleeve and bears vintage black Parlophone labels with silver text and a big Parlophone logo top-left. There's a retro-looking "45RPM" top right, production credits, EMI copyright and publishing info on the left, label code, catalogue numbers, "BIEM/MCPS" and "Made In UK" on the right, track listing including songwriting credits and running time at the bottom above Morrissey's name, and a legal warning around the top edge.
12 R 6400 A-2-1-1 / 12 R 6400 B-2-1-1
UK cd-single [Parlophone CDR6400]
The cd-single comes in a thin jewelcase. The front image is the same as on the vinyl formats but because of its rectangular shape, there is more black space to the left of it (view left). The spine and back are white with mostly black text. The spine gives Morrissey's name in black and the title in red at the centre, with the barcode number on the left. The back flap has on the right a large barcode box including the two catalogue numbers, empty "F:" and "I:" compartments, and another compartment with a 4-line manufacturing credit that includes "Printed in UK". To the left of the barcode is printed the track listing and nothing else. The insert's reverse was adapted from the 7" and 12" back artwork but there is no barcode on this surface and the track listing is obviously not split into sides (view left). The disc is black with grey text and a Parlophone logo at the top. The track listing includes songwriting credits and running times and is found in the bottom half above Morrissey's name. A Compact Disc logo, production credits, an EMI copyright and publishing info are on the left, the barcode number, "BIEM/MCPS", a label code and "Made In UK" on the right and a legal warning around the top edge.
UK cassette single [Parlophone TCR6400]
The front of the cassette insert shows the usual artwork minus the superfluous black space to the left of the boxer (view left). The spine and back are white with mostly black text and logos. Morrissey's name and the title are repeated on the spine in the same fonts and colours as on the front, with a Parlophone logo at the top and the barcode number at the bottom. The back flap shows a barcode at the centre, between the track listing on its left and a Parlophone logo on its right. The barcode box includes 4 sideways compartments on the right: "F:" (left empty), "I:" (left empty), "UK:" which includes the UK catalogue number and a fourth one with three lines of text including "Printed in UK". The insert has one extra fold-out panel (view left). It features at the top the usual back image, but with the hand cropped out. The usual back artwork track listing, credits and logo are printed beneath that in white over black. The cassette is made of clear plastic with pale grey text printed directly onto it. It shows, amongst other things, the barcode number in the top left corner, the track listing top-centre, a Parlophone logo in the top right corner and "BIEM/MCPS" and "Made in the UK" on the right.
UK promo cd [Parlophone CDRDJX6400]
The main promotional tool for "Boxers" is this promo cd which was modelled on the stock cd-single with a few minor alterations made to the disc as well as the spine and back flap of the insert. The front and reverse of the insert were not altered (view left). The barcode number on the spine and disc was changed for the promo catalogue number. The barcode on the back flap (including the compartments around it) was replaced with the promo warning "For Promotional Use Only Not For Resale". The latter promo text was also added above the catalogue number on the disc.
A number of copies of the latter promo cd were mailed out with promo stickers on the front and/or back of the case. Two variations have been reported. The sticker on the front of the first variation gives the contact information of Parlophone pluggers Deslyn Lewis and Kevin McCabe, while the one on the back gives a release date of "R.D.16.1.95", mentions producer Steve Lillywhite, announces the upcoming Boxers tour and the fact that Morrissey "is currently in the studio working on a brand new album for 1995." The two stickers on the other variation are both found on the back of the case. The Parlophone plugger sticker gives the contact information of Helena McGeough while the release information sticker gives the release date as "R.D: 16.1.95" and announces the upcoming "18 date UK tour" starting in Glasgow.
UK promo video
The existence of a 1-track promo video of "Boxers" has been reported. It comes in a plain white slipcase with details on it. A white sticker on the spine states Morrissey's name, the song title, and the date "21-12-94". Another white sticker on the top side states only Morrissey's name and the song title.
UK promo flats
Flats were sent to retail at the time of release of this single. Like most other flats, they are made of card and are the size of a vinyl LP sleeve. The existence of both 1-sided and 2-sided flats have been reported but the 2-sided variation may very well show the same artwork on both sides with only the release date changed for something like "Out now!" or even without any change at all (confirmation needed). The flats also served to promote the upcoming Boxers tour by featuring its itinerary. View here.
UK set of two subway size promo posters, 152cm x 102cm each (60" x 40" each)
As these posters served to promote the "Boxers" single as well as the upcoming Boxers tour, EMI invested a bit more than usual and instead of one subway-size poster, they printed two, to be displayed side by side. View here, side by side.
UK promo poster (dimensions unknown)
This promo poster of unknown dimensions, showing the usual boxer image with Morrissey's name printed sideways in white along the left edge and "Boxers" in red to the left of the boxer's head, may not be an official one as it doesn't feature a label logo or credit.
UK various artists label sampler [Parlophone CDWK 51]
The releases of this single and the compilation album "The World Of Morrissey" were also promoted with the inclusion of "Boxers" on volume 2 of the Parlophone sampler series "A Flavour Of The Label". The cd comes in a jewel case with transparent cd tray. The front artwork shows some red fruit that looks like a cross between an apple and an olive or cherry, with a purple Parlophone sticker on it, over a white background with only "A Flavour of the label 2" in red at the very bottom. The back artwork shows the same fruit cut open, with the sampler's track listing printed in black between the two halves. The spines are also white. The sampler title appears on both of them in red, between a small reproduction of the fruit and the catalogue number in black on the left, and the Parlophone logo on the right. The disc shows a close-up the fruit's skin with droplets of water and the blue Parlophone sticker on it, no text. The tray is transparent but there doesn't seem to be anything behind the disc except for various small images of the fruit on the extreme left, next to the spine. Any additional information on the packaging is welcome.
UK various artists Our Price instore cd [Our Price]
The release of this single was also also promoted with the inclusion of "Boxers" on an instore cd meant to be played in shops of the Our Price chain. The cd contains one track only, lasting over an hour and meant to sound like a radio broadcast: "Hello, I'm Mark Goddier, here are this week's new releases..." The disc is white with black text and logos. The Our Price logo is at the top, "New Releases" at the bottom, Compact Disc logo on the left above Disctronics logo and slogan, and date (16 January 1995) and promo warning on the right. The disc comes in a white card sleeve with almost the same text on both sides: Our Price logo at the top, "New Releases" in the middle and Disctronics logo and slogan at the bottom. One side also has a phone number at the bottom.
UK reference cd-r [Abbey Road]
This reference cd-r comes in a regular jewel case. The generic Abbey Road front insert shows the black and yellow Abbey Road logo at the top. Beneath it are four grey boxes filled with printed information. The 'Artist' box is filled with "Morrissey", the 'Title' box with "Boxers", the 'Date' box with "?? December 1994" and the "Cat No" box with "CDR 6400". There is a Compact Disc logo in the bottom left corner and beneath the line "reference cd by" in the bottom right corner is printed someone's name (name needed). Someone added the words "Released 16th January '95 Eve Sess exclusive 19.12.94" in blue pen in the middle of it. Information on the back insert (if any) is needed. The disc has a black and yellow Abbey Road logo at the top and "reference cd" at the bottom above a Compact Disc logo. Boxes on the left were hand-filled in black with "Morrissey" and "Boxers" while boxes on the right were filled with "CDR 6400" and "5/12/94" (another box on the right has a check mark into it). Information on the exact musical contents and anything else of interest is needed.
UK reference cd-r [??]
This 4-track cd-r features the usual three songs plus "Sunny" which was a planned b-side but dropped at the last minute. It is very likely an Abbey Road cd-r. Information on the packaging is needed.
UK 12" test pressing [Parlophone 12R6400]
This early 4-track test pressing features the single's scrapped b-side "Sunny". It has plain white labels with nothing printed on them and comes in a plain white paper record bag. It has been said that 4-8 copies were pressed, but this needs to be verified.
UK 12" acetate
This item, Morrissey's last acetate for at least fifteen years, features the single's early track listing including "Sunny". Information on the acetate and packaging is needed.
Australia cd-single [EMI Australia 881888-2]
The Australian cd-single differs from its UK counterpart only in a few minor details on the disc and the back flap. The front, reverse and spine of the insert are exactly the same as in the UK. The line "Printed in UK" next to the barcode on the back flap was omitted and all the text on the right side of the disc was replaced with only a Digital Audio Technologies Australia logo and the barcode number.
France reference cassette [EMI France]
The existence of this 4-track EMI France reference cassette featuring the single's early 4-song track listing (including "Sunny") is a bit of a surprise considering that this single was not released in France (the Dutch cd-single was sold over most of mainland Europe). The cassette comes in a regular cassette case including a white J-card insert with one extra fold-out panel. The front of the insert shows Morrissey's name and the title 'Master Mixes', with a red and grey EMI France logo in the top left corner and a thin red line near the bottom. The spine repeats Morrissey name and 'Master Mixes' to the right of the red EMI France logo. The back flap only shows the EMI France address and contact information. The extra fold-out panel features the cassette's track listing (two songs on 'Face A' and two songs on 'Face B'), beneath the red EMI France logo. Information on the cassette itself is needed.
Holland cd-single [EMI 881888-2]
The Dutch cd-single differs from its UK counterpart only in a few minor details on the disc and the back flap. The front, reverse and spine of the insert are exactly the same as in the UK. The line "Printed in UK" next to the barcode on the back flap was replaced with "Printed In Holland" and there is an additional French price code in the "F:" compartment. The alterations on the disc are all found on the right side of it. The musical rights' management societies were changed to "BIEM/STEMRA" and the words "Made In UK" were replaced with "Made in Holland" (and printed above the label code instead of beneath it).
USA cd-single [Sire/Reprise 9 41914-2]
The American cd-single was sold inside a FLP digipack with a black locking plastic flap to hold the front panel shut. It features unique artwork that was meant to appeal more to the American market (view front and back from the menu on the left). The reverse of the front panel shows a close-up of the front artwork focusing on Morrissey's head and left shoulder and a bit of the building behind him. The spine of the case is black with Morrissey's name and the title at the centre, between the catalogue number on the left and "Sire/Reprise" on the right. So far the only variation of the FLP digipack to have been spotted is one on which the plastic lock-flap has a trapezoid shape with the word "LIFT" and an arrow etched into it. Earlier American Morrissey cd-singles in this kind of packaging have also been spotted in FLP digipacks with alternately shaped lock-flap, so this may be the case with this single as well (confirmation needed). The disc is black with Morrissey's name at the top in yellow, track listing and recording credits at the bottom also in yellow, silver logos for Sire, Reprise and Compact Disc on the left and silver credits for Sire and WEA on the right.
USA promo cd [Sire/Reprise PRO-CD-7372]
The release of this single was mainly promoted with the help of this 1-track cd of the title track. The disc is green with pink text. Morrissey's name is printed in big letters in the top half below the logos of Sire and Reprise, and "Boxers" in the bottom half above four lines of smaller text and a Compact Disc logo. The text includes the catalogue number, a promo warning and label credits. The disc comes in a standard jewel case without a front insert. The back is a generic Reprise tray insert on which was added Morrissey's name, the song title and its running time, production credits, the catalogue number for the stock single, publishing credits and a Sire logo (view left). The spines are blue with black text consisting of Morrissey's name and "Boxers", between the catalogue number on the left and "Sire/Reprise" on the right.
USA various artists promo cd [Sire/Reprise PRO-CD-7520]
The release of this single and the upcoming "World Of Morrissey" album was promoted with the inclusion of "Boxers" on "Greetings From Area 51", a 9-track various artists sampler from Reprise. The front artwork shows the title in a mix of yellowish green and red, with "51" inside a large circle at the centre, all over a very dark background of tree branches at late dusk or early dawn (the background is so dark it looks plain black on scans). The back features the track listing in white and green with publishing and production credits for each song in red, over the same "51" inside a green circle. At the bottom are found a promo warning in white, label credits in red and various logos for Reprise and associated Warner labels in white. The spines are green with the title in black and "Reprise Alternative Sampler" in red next to the black catalogue number. The front insert is a single one, its reverse is black and features the track listing in white. Each song in the track listing is followed with various credits and the release from which they were lifted. The catalogue number and the logos for Reprise and other Warner labels are found at the bottom. The disc is yellowish green with text and logos in a mix of silver (uncoloured) and red. The title and the Reprise et al. logos are in the top half, and "51" inside a circle at the 5 o'clock position on the disc.
USA 'promo' video
This 1-track video of "Boxers" is listed as a promo, but it more likely served reference purposes. The videocassette only has a white sticker label on the front spine, none on the top. This label has "EnVison Digital", "STC Productions", "Duplicating", "Foreign Conversions" and a telephone number printed in pink at the bottom, with "Boxers" written in pen above that. A red "NTSC" sticker was affixed over the end of this label. The videocassette comes in a generic card slipcase.
USA various artists promo video [WD705-18789]
The video for "Boxers" was also featured on this videocassette for which we only know the catalogue number and the date "21-12-94". Information about the packaging is needed.
USA various artists promo video [Warner Bros]
The release of this single was also promoted with the inclusion of the "Boxers" video on a various artists promo compilation from Warner, alongside material by almost 30 other artists, including Mudhoney, the Poster Children, Flaming Lips, Filter, Babes In Toyland, Wilco, REM, etc. The videocassette has a very large white sticker label over most of its top surface, featuring mainly computer-printed technical data, with a printed Warner Bros logo in the top left corner and a printed address at the very bottom. It comes inside a plain black card slipcase which also has a very large white sticker label on its side, this one featuring the full track listing and nothing else. Any additional information (catalogue number, date, etc.) is welcome.
USA various artists promo video [ETV NL614]
The promotional film for "Boxers" was featured on volume #614 of the ETV video compilation series aimed at (mainly) alternative club play. Other artists featured on the compilation include the Cult, the Offspring, Bad Religion, The The, the Stone Roses, Siouxsie & The Banshees, etc. The videocassette was distributed inside a black hardshell case with yellow track listing wraparound insert. The front of the insert gives for each featured title its label, BPM, running time, and a bit more technical info. At the top are given the "Nitelife" address, the reel number and the date "March 1995". Information on the videocassette itself is needed.