"Sing Your Life"|
UK 7" [HMV POP1626]
The UK 7" comes in a rigid glossy sleeve opening from the side, with a semi-circle cut-out portion on the back for better grip on the record (view front and back artwork from the menu on the left). The record has a solid centre, but there are two different versions of it:
- paper labels edition
This edition has vintage reddish-pink His Master's Voice paper labels with black text and logos. A His Masters Voice logo is found at the top, a mention of "Kill Uncle", the catalogue number and EMI copyright on the left, "45 R.P.M.", catalogue number and production credits on the right, and title at the bottom.
POP1626 A-1U-1-1 / POP1626 B-1U-1-1
- injection-moulded labels edition
This odd variation is more sought after by collectors because it is one of only three Morrissey 7" singles to have been pressed this way (the other two being "Pregnant For The Last Time" and "My Love Life"). The labels are silver with black text, featuring a His Master's Voice logo at the top, the catalogue number and EMI copyright on the left, the catalogue number, publishing info and production credits on the right, release identification at the bottom.
POP1626 A-1U-1-Q2 / POP1626 B-1U-1-Q2
UK 12" [HMV 12POP1626]
The front artwork of the 12" format is very slightly different to that of the 7" in the relative position and size of Morrissey's name (see left). The back is very similar but the catalogue numbers were changed and the UK one was moved beneath the barcode. The EMI copyright info is found in the bottom right at the end of all the other credits instead of the bottom left corner (view left). The record is slipped inside a black poly-lined paper inner sleeve. It has reddish-pink vintage His Master's Voice labels with black text: His Masters Voice logo at the top; "Kill Uncle" mention, publishing info, catalogue number and EMI copyright on the left; "45 R.P.M.", catalogue number and production credits on the right; titles and songwriting credits at the bottom.
12 POP 1626 A1-1U-1-1 / 12 POP 1626 B1-1U-1-1
UK CD5 [HMV CDPOP1626]
The cd-single comes in a thin jewel case. The front artwork was adapted for the format of its J-card insert. (view left). The spine is white with Morrissey's name and "Sing Your Life" in black on the left and the catalogue number in golden brown on the right. The back flap is also white, it features a barcode in the centre, with golden brown text on each side: 5 lines of EMI credits and manufacturing information on the left and the UK and Euro catalogue numbers on the right. The insert's reverse was adapted from the 7" and 12" back artwork (view left). It shows the back artwork image of Morrissey with the track listing followed by full credits in two different shades of brown. The disc is black with pale grey text and made to look like the labels of the vinyl formats: a His Masters Voice logo at the top; Euro catalogue number, "Kill Uncle" mention, publishing info, EMI copyright and UK catalogue number on the left; "CD" graphics in the style of the vinyl's "45 RPM", compact disc logo, production credits, "BIEM/MCPS" and label code on the right; titles and songwriting credits at the bottom; legal warning around the edge.
UK CSS [HMV TCPOP1626]
The cassette-single is a traditional one in plastic case with J-card insert. The front shows a cropped version of the image seen on the other formats (view left). The spine is white and shows Morrissey's name and "Sing Your Life" in dark brown and the catalogue number in golden brown. Morrissey's name is in the same font as on the front but not in italics. The back flap is also white, it features a barcode in the centre, with golden brown text on each side: 6 lines of EMI credits and manufacturing information on the left and the UK and Euro catalogue numbers on the right. The insert has one extra panel and its content was adapted from the back of the vinyl and cd formats (view left). The cassette itself is made of clear plastic with pale grey text printed directly onto it. It features, amongst other things, the catalogue number in the top left corner, the track listing top-centre and a His Master's Voice logo in the top right corner.
UK 7" promo [HMV POPDJ1626]
Just like "Piccadilly Palare" and "Our Frank" before and the two upcoming Morrissey singles, "Sing Your Life" was mainly promoted with the help of a promo 7" with retro labels inside a mock 1960s His Master's Voice sleeve. The sleeve and a-side label for this single are displayed in the image gallery (view left). The b-side label looks the same as the a-side one, blue with white text featuring old-fashioned notes such as "non-breakable", "demonstration record", "recording first published 1991" as well as the release date beneath the hole.
POP1626 A-1U-1-1 / POP1626 B-1U-1-1
UK 7" promo [HMV POP1626]
The release of "Sing Your Life" was also promoted with the help of stock 7"s with two promo stickers on the sleeve - one with release info, the other with plugger contact info - plus a press release. The release information sticker on the front of the sleeve announces the release date as "2.4", states that this is the "2nd & boppy single" from "Kill Uncle", mentions b-side "That's Entertainment" and asks "Mozza to work with Weller soon?". The plugger sticker on the back of the sleeve gives contact information for Capitol Parlophone plugger Phil Barton. The half-page press release repeats more or less the same information as found on the release information sticker, lists Morrissey's co-songwriters and musicians and mentions that "the video features Chrissie Hynde in 50's dress". It also mentions at the bottom the name of three other promotions people.
UK promo video [In Phase]
The release of "Sing Your Life" was also promoted with the help of this one-track promo video sent to the relevent media. The videocassette has generic white In Phase labels on top and spine, with green and grey In Phase logo and Morrissey's name and "Sing Your Life" printed in black. The cassette comes in a generic card slipcase. It is dated "12/3/91" in the pre-video credits.
UK promo video [Capitol]
This alternate one-track promo video is very likely time-coded and presumably served more limited promotional purposes. Packaging information is needed.
UK various artists freebie cassette [Select/Parlophone SEL PAR 1]
The release of this single was also promoted in the UK via the inclusion of b-side "The Loop" on a various artists cassette titled "The Parlophone Tape" given away with a 1991 issue of Select magazine. The front shows a mix of yellow and white text over a wine red background of repeated dark grey Parlophone 'pound' logos. The cassette is made of clear plastic with white credits printed directly onto it. The insert unfolds for one extra panel featuring the track listing and its reverse is used for the full song-by-song credits in white over black. "The Loop" is credited there as being "…from the single 'Sing Your Life' which is featured on the album 'Kill Uncle' ". Other Parlophone artists featured on the tape include Richard Thompson, EMF, Blur, Mantronix, Megadeth, etc.
UK promo poster 64cm x 46cm [25" x 18"]
View here. The existence of a subway size promo poster has also been reported but its legitimacy and actual origin needs to be confirmed. It is similar to the poster shown here, including the words "A new single" and "Sing Your Life" beneath Morrissey's name, but it is in landscape format and lacks the His Master's Voice logo.
UK promo advert 37cm x 27cm [14.5" x 11"]
UK 12" acetate [The Hit Factory]
This is a double-sided 12" acetate featuring the same material as its stock counterpart. It has hand-written studio labels (more info on labels is needed) and is slipped inside a plain white card sleeve with a white "The Hit Factory" sticker on the front. Handwritten on this sticker is the date "18-2-91", "Morrissey" and "Sing Your Life 12" A/B".
Australia 7" [EMI 2584-7]
This item has never been seen inside a picture sleeve. It is usually found in an acid green EMI paper die-cut record bag showing logos of various EMI subsidiaries such as Parlophone, Capitol or His Master's Voice. It has also been spotted in various other generic sleeves, but this is assumed to have been the result of a mix-up. The labels are beige with black text, with a red EMI logo at the bottom and red legal credits around the top edge.
Australia cassette-single [EMI 2584-4]
The Australian cassette-single was manufactured in a card slipcase instead of a standard plastic case with J-card insert. The front of it shows the exact same front artwork as on the UK cassingle. The back and spine are white with black text. The back features the track listing with song credits in its top half and more credits, a copyright and a manufacturing/distribution credit in the bottom half. The spine shows Morrissey's name above the title in a related font, with the catalogue number and a Dolby logo at the top and EMI and XDR logos at the bottom. The cassette is made of transparent plastic, its reels are blue and text is printed in blue directly onto it. Morrissey's name and the track listing are at the top on each side, a EMI/His Master's Voice logo on the left, the catalogue number on the right, and Dolby and XDR logos at the bottom.
Holland CD5 [EMI 20 4259-2]
The Holland cd-single, which was distributed over most of mainland Europe, differs from the UK edition by only two minor details on the disc: the "Made in UK" line at the very bottom was changed for "Made in Holland" and the publishing credit on the right was changed from "BIEM/MCPS" to "BIEM/STEMRA". The packaging is perfectly identical to the description given for the UK cd-single above.
Japan CD5 [Toshiba EMI TOCP-6842]
The Japanese cd comes in a standard jewel case with white tray and features its own variation on the usual front artwork, with Morrissey's back slightly cropped out and the catalogue number in a small black font in the bottom right corner (view left). The obi is mostly white with a mix of black and brown text. The 8-page booklet opens on a page featuring a bilingual track listing including songwriting, publishing and production information. This is followed by what appears to be a bio spread over two pages. The lyrics to the single's three songs are printed over the other 5 pages, in English and Japanese side by side. The back of the insert features the usual back artwork image of Morrissey with track listing and credits on the right, but a white EMI logo and white bilingual EMI credits were added in the bottom left corner. The back tray inlay looks just like the back of the booklet, but there are more Japanese credits and technical data in white in the bottom left corner and a compact disc logo was added in the top right corner. The spines are also white with black text. They both state the catalogue number, Morrissey's name and the title track, but the left spine does it in Japanese and the right one in English. The disc looks like a more subdued version of the UK disc, mostly because The His Master's Voice logo and "CD" at the top were replaced with a small EMI logo. The rest of the text appears at first glance to be the same as on the UK cd, but on close inspection expected changes are found in the catalogue number, publishing company and in the legal warning around the top edge.
Japan VHS [Toshiba EMI TOVW-7012]
This item is particularly sought after by collectors of all types, because it's Morrissey's only commercial video-single, but also because to this day it is the only official source for the "Our Frank" video. It comes in a clear plastic softshell case with paper insert. The usual back artwork image of Morrissey was used for the video's front artwork, and vice versa (view front and back artwork). The blue background carries over to the spine which features Morrissey's name and "Sing Your Life" in white, with a detail of the front artwork at the top and Japanese catalogue number, prices, and technical data in black at the bottom. The videocassette has a brown section with etched white text protecting access to the tape. Its top and front sticker labels are blue with white text. The top label gives Morrissey's name, "Sing Your Life", a EMI copyright and various Toshiba-related technical data in English then Japanese. The spine (front) label shows Morrissey's name with "Sing Your Life" above it, a PMI logo at one end and the catalogue number plus technical stuff at the other.
Japan CD5 promo [Toshiba EMI TOCP-6842]
Promo copies are stock ones with a white and red promo sticker on the back tray insert and the words "Sample Not For Sale" stamped in black around the disc's inner ring.
USA CD5 - original Digipak [Sire/Reprise 9 40084-2]
The original and most common edition of "Sing Your Life" in the USA was manufactured in Digipak with black plastic tray. The front artwork was adapted for this release (view left). The back artwork image of Morrissey is found here on the reverse of the packaging's front panel, without any text next to it. All the credits usually found next to that image are printed here on the back, in golden brown except for "Sing Your Life" at the top is a bigger dark brown font. A barcode was added sideways in the top left corner and Sire and Reprise logos and credits at the bottom. The spine is also white with golden brown text. It features Morrissey's name and "Sing Your Life" between the catalogue number and "Sire/Reprise". The disc is silver (uncoloured) with black text: Morrissey's name at the top, a block of Sire/Warner Bros credits on the left, track listing including publishing info and mention of "Kill Uncle" on the right, production credits, Sire/Reprise logos, compact disc logo, catalogue number and "Made in USA" at the bottom, black ring around the edge.
USA CD5 - jewelcase [Sire/Reprise 9 40084-2]
At some point in the late 1990s or the early 2000s, jewelcase copies of this single and "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" surfaced in American record shops. The front artwork remained the same but it needed to be slightly cropped to fit the narrower jewelcase insert (view left). This insert is a folded one, there is nothing inside but white, and its back features the usual back artwork image of Morrissey, without any text on it. Just like the Digipak edition, the back tray inlay has all the credits in golden brown with "Sing Your Life" at the top in darker brown. The text layout is identical to that of the back of the other format, but the final line, a Digipak credit, was deleted. The barcode is still sideways in the top left corner but it was moved down a bit. Both spines are perfect replicas of the original Digipak spine. The disc was very slightly altered. The black ring around the disc was removed, the text and logos at the bottom were moved slightly higher, and the layout for the mention of "Kill Uncle" on the right side was changed from "Sing Your Life from the", "Sire/Reprise album", "KILL UNCLE (4/2-26514)" to "Sing Your Life from the Sire/", "Reprise album KILL UNCLE", "(4/2-26514)".
USA 12" [Sire/Reprise 9 40084-0]
The American 12" features its own slightly different variation on the front artwork (view left). The back was modelled on the back of the UK 12" and not altered too much: the barcode in the top right corner was adapted and doesn't have catalogue numbers around it, a mention of the "Kill Uncle" album was added above the Mark E Nevin credit, the EMI credits in the bottom right corner were replaced with Sire/Warner credits and golden Sire and Reprise logos were added in the bottom left corner. Copies that are still sealed have a brown rectangular sticker on the front stating "Specially-Priced Maxi-Single" in black, advertising the musical content in white and the availability of the single on two other formats, in black. The record is slipped inside a clear anti-static inner sleeve. The labels are the usual yellow Sire ones, with blue Sire logo at the top, black Reprise logo and catalogue number on the left, contents and credits at the bottom, and RPM on the right.
USA CMS [Sire/Reprise 9 40084-4]
The American cassette artwork was cropped differently than its British counterpart (view left). The spine and back flap are white with a mix of golden brown and darker brown text and logos. The spine shows "Sing Your Life" in the same font and colour as on the front, with Morrissey's name above it in golden brown, between the catalogue number on the left and Sire, Reprise and CMS logos on the right, also in golden brown. The back flap has a sideways barcode at the centre, with the track listing above in a mix of the two shades of brown, and a golden brown Sire address below. The insert has one extra panel and it shows a cropped version of the usual back artwork image of Morrissey, with the track listing (including songwriting and publishing credits) printed in golden brown over the bottom quarter. Most of the credits usually found on the other formats' back artwork is reproduced in black over white on the insert's reverse, along with Sire and Reprise logos and credits and information on Dolby "B" technology. The cassette is made of white plastic with black text printed directly onto it: Morrissey's name and the track listing (including song lengths) at the top, Sire and Reprise logos and catalogue number on the left, side number plus CMS and Dolby logos on the right, a production credit at the bottom of side 1 and Sire/Warner Bros credits at the bottom of side 2. Copies that are still sealed have a brown rectangular sticker on the front stating "Specially Priced Cassette Maxi-Single" in black, advertising the musical content in white and the availability of the single on compact disc format, in black.
USA 12" promo [Sire/Reprise 9 40084-0]
This single was mainly promoted via stock copies of the 12" stamped with a promo warning in gold ink on the front of the sleeve. The brown rectangular sticker advertising the single's contents which is usually found on the seal of the stock 12" was affixed directly onto the sleeve of the promo because promos were never sealed.
USA various artists cd promo [Reprise PRO-CD-4635]
"Sing Your Life" was included on the sixth volume of the "Follow Our Trax" series of various artists promo compilations from Reprise. The front of the compilation shows the back of a man with the Reprise logo, the album title and other text painted all over the back of his body. Information on the rest of the packaging is needed.
USA video promo [Warner Bros/Reprise C86062]
The release of this single was of course also promoted with the help of a one-track promo video. The videocassette comes in a brown leatherette clamshell case with blue card insert in the display pocket. This information card has a printed Reprise address/credit at the very bottom, a Reprise logo on the spine and is filled with release-specific computer-printed information such as Morrissey's name, "Sing Your Life", the video length, the date "04-22-91" as well as a bit of technical data. Information on the videocassette is needed.
USA video promo [Warner Bros/Reprise C89296]
Warner also included the video for "Sing Your Life" on one of their various artists promo video compilations, alongside other videos by artists such as Throwing Muses, The Farm, Dinosaur Jr, Primal Scream, the Judybats, Electronic, REM, etc. Information on the packaging is needed.
USA video promo [Telegenics 99A]
The video for "Sing Your Life" was included on issue 99A of promo video series Telegenics, alongside videos by other artists such as Bootsauce, Front 242, House Of Love, Elvis Costello, the Feelies, the Farm, etc. The videocassette comes in a hardshell case with yellow track listing insert in the display window. The videocassette has a white and blue sticker label on the top with typewritten or computer-printed identification. Additional information is welcome.
USA video promo [Rockamerica June 91]
The "Sing Your Life" video was also included on the June 1991 issue of the Rockamerica video compilation series, alongside material by 15 other artists, including Daddy Freddy, the Farm, Simple Minds, etc. Information on the packaging is needed.