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UK, Germany, Holland 7" single Holland 7" single (some copies) UK, Canada, Germany, USA 12" single Brazil 12" single Brazil Cassette-single UK cd-single Australia cd-single free stickers with UK 7" single free stickers with UK 12" single UK 7" single back USA 12" single back UK cd-single back
July / September 1986
UK 7" [Rough Trade RT193]
UK 12" [Rough Trade RTT193]
Germany 12" [Teldec/Zensor 6.20648 (in black or blue vinyl)]
An EP of tracks from this single and "Bigmouth Strikes Again" was released in Greece. This is listed on the "Bigmouth Strikes Again" page.
"Panic" came out in Germany later than anywhere else, as the German label originally preferred promoting the recent "The Queen Is Dead" album with the release of an album track ("Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others"). Because the 12" extra track "The Draize Train" had already been featured on "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others", when "Panic" finally came out in Germany, it was backed over the two formats by three songs from the most recent album ("Vicar In A Tutu", "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" and "The Queen Is Dead").
Etchings on vinyl:
The UK etching is a pun on "I dreamt about you last night", a lyric from the song "Reel Around The Fountain".
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Australia: The stock edition of this 7" was sent to media or retail in a generic record company promo sleeve. It is actually a mystery that there is a promo version of this single, but apparently not a commercial one (although it is listed in the discography above, for the time being).
Brazil: Stock copies of the Brazil 12" were made into promos by having a promo warning stamped in gold on the back. A 4-track various artists promo EP (WEA #47) featuring the title track was also distributed for promotion. It was slipped in a black sleeve with yellow text. Another various artists promo EP featured a 2:53 live version of "Panic" "from the Live Compilation LP In Concert", but this probably didn't promote this single.
Canada: Gold-stamped copies of this 12" single were circulated for promotion.
Germany: A promo VHS featuring the Derek Jarman videos for "The Queen Is Dead" and "Panic" (2 versions of the latter) were distributed to the relevant media in Germany for promotion of this single as well as the "The Queen Is Dead" album. "Panic" was included on a 1987 label promo sampler titled "Another Christmas Gift From Line" (LICD 9.00500G), but this very likely served to promote Line's "Sheila Take A Bow" cd-single (which featured "Panic" as an extra track). Line were not yet licensed to release Rough Trade material in 1986, and had nothing to do with the release of the "Panic" single.
Spain: Copies of the 12" single stamped on the record's label and on the inner sleeve and paired with a 2-page press release seem to have served promotional purposes. It is not known if the stamp is a promo warning or some media library identification.
USA: A very low number of gold-stamped copies of this 12" single were distributed for promotion because Sire held back on the release of this single until just a few weeks before the "Ask" single came out. A one-track promo VHS video was also distributed to the relevant media. Besides being included on the record label's various artists video compilation, the "Panic" video was also included on the December 1986 issue of the Rockamerica promo video series, the December 1986 volume of the Telegenics promo video series and an early 1987 volume of the Video Pool series.
"I liked the film for 'Panic' that was made by Derek Jarman. It had a nice intensity about it."
"This is the first Smiths single that uses a different tune and manages to avoid both ropey introspection and clever-clever adolescent poetry. Now it seems my goading has borne fruit."