"Girlfriend In A Coma"|
Girlfriend In A Coma
UK 7" [Rough Trade RT197]
Girlfriend In A Coma
UK 12" [Rough Trade RTT197]
The 7" singles generally featured the grey variation of the artwork on the front while the 12"s featured the green tinted variation. However, a limited number of UK 7"s were released in the green variation while some copies of the UK 12" sleeve feature the grey or maroon variations. French and Holland 7"s have also been reported with the green artwork. The Australian 7" and 12" sleeves only feature the green variation. The artwork is tinted brown on the sleeve of the Portuguese 7". To add to the confusion, some UK 7"s and 12"s are grey with a bit of green at the edges. The cassette singles are found in both grey or purple tint.
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Australia: Stock copies of the 7" and 12" formats were promo-stamped in gold on the back and dispatched to media.
France: Copies of the stock 7" were emboss-stamped in a corner of the sleeve with a promo warning in French.
Greece: Promo 12"s were stamped with a promo warning in Greek on the b-side label.
USA: "Girlfriend In A Coma" was chosen by Sire to promote the "Strangeways Here We Come" album. This 12" promo is discussed on the "Strangeways Here We Come" page.
"The very last Smiths' sessions at Streatham we recorded two songs that turned up as B-sides: 'Work Is A Four Letter Word' (a cover of a Cilla Black song), and one called 'I Keep Mine Hidden' which was the last song Johnny and I wrote together and the last song The Smiths recorded together. Now when I play The Smiths - which I do a lot - that song is always the first I play. And it's the one that makes me feel the happiest."
What are you memories of the final Smiths session in Streatham?
"His girlfriend may be hovering between life and death, but Morrissey's catch vocal seems non-commital about the whole thing, while the overall feel evokes shadows of The Beach Boys and other early '60's teen vocal groups."