"We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful"|
UK 7" [HMV POP1629]
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 and vintage blue His Master's Voice labels with black text and logos. A His Masters Voice logo is found at the top, "Your Arsenal" source, publishing info, catalogue number and EMI copyright on the left, "45 R.P.M.", catalogue number and production credits on the right, title with songwriting credit at the bottom, legal warning around the top edge.
POP1269 A1 / POP1629 B1 POP1269 B1
UK 12" [HMV 12POP1629]
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 text on the back of the sleeve is the same as on the back of the 7", its layout was not altered much, but its relative size is smaller and the barcode contents were adapted (view left). The record is slipped inside a white poly-lined paper inner sleeve. It has vintage blue His Master's Voice labels with black text: His Masters Voice logo at the top; "Your Arsenal" source, 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; legal notice around the top edge.
12 POP 1629 A-1-1-1 / 12 POP 1629 B-1-1-1
UK CD5 [HMV CDPOP1629]
The cd-single comes in a thin jewelcase. The usual image was cropped differently for the front of this format's J-card insert (view left) than on the front of the vinyl formats, and there is a His Master's Voice logo in the bottom left corner. The spine and back are very dark maroon/brown with pink text. The spine shows Morrissey's name and the title track as well as the catalogue number. The back flap has on the left a large barcode including the two catalogue numbers, and on the right the track listing and EMI copyright. The insert's reverse was adapted from the 7" and 12" back artwork, but there is no barcode, EMI copyright or His Master's Voice logo and the layout of the remaining text was somewhat changed (view left). The disc is black with silver text and made to look like the labels of the vinyl formats: a His Masters Voice logo and "CD" graphics in the style of the vinyl's "45 RPM" at the top; Euro catalogue number, recording credits, songwriting/publishing info, "Your Arsenal" source and UK catalogue number on the left; compact disc logo, production credits, "BIEM/MCPS", label code and EMI copyright on the right; track listing at the bottom; legal warning and manufacturing credit around the outer edge.
UK CSS [HMV TCPOP1629]
The cassette has its own variation of the front artwork (view left). The usual image is found at the top, with Morrissey's name over it in a relatively bigger size than on the front of the other formats. The bottom space is white and filled with a pink His Master's Voice logo and the title, also in pink. The spine and back are black with pink text. The spine shows Morrissey's name in the same font as on the front and the title next to it over two lines. The catalogue number is found at the top and a His Master's Voice logo, a Dolby logo and "Cassette Single" at the bottom. The back flap has, on the left, a large barcode inside a white box including both catalogue numbers, above three lines of EMI copyright, and on the right, the track listing including songwriting and publishing credits. The insert has one extra panel, it is white and features the four blocks of pink credits between horizontal lines usually found on the back of the vinyl formats. This is the first Morrissey cassingle not made of transparent plastic. It is made of black plastic with pale grey text printed directly onto it. However, the text layout remained the same as before: catalogue number in the top left corner, track listing top-centre and His Master's Voice logo in the top right corner.
UK 10" promo [HMV 10POPDJ1629]
Morrissey's first six singles were promoted with specially designed promo 12"s in sleeves of different colour. The five subsequent singles were promoted with promo 7"s with retro labels, slipped inside retro HMV sleeves. With this single Morrissey changed again the format and design of his main promo item. "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" is the first of two singles being promoted through a specially designed 10" record with retro labels, inside a vintage HMV sleeve, with the title track to be played at 45rpm on one side and 78rpm on the other. Both sides of the sleeve and the labels of this promo 10" are displayed in the image gallery (view left).
10 POPDJ-1629-A / 10 POPDJ1629 B-1-1- ( the '0' in '10' is printed over a '2')
UK 7" promo [HMV POP1629]
The release of this single was also supposedly promoted with the help of stock 7"s with release info and/or plugger sticker on the sleeve. The sticker allegedly announces the upcoming release of the "Your Arsenal" album. Information needed.
UK video promo [Parlophone RD27.4]
A one-track promo video was mailed out by Parlophone ahead of the single's release. The videocassette may have a read Capitol/Parlophone sticker label on its spine with release information printed onto it, and may come inside a white card slipcase with release information sticker. Additional information is needed.
UK video promo [In Phase]
The release of "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" was also promoted with the help of this one-track In Phase promo video. The videocassette has generic white In Phase labels on top and spine, with green In Phase logo and Morrissey's name and "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" printed in black. The cassette comes in a generic card slipcase.
UK promo poster 152cm x 102cm [60" x 40"]
View here. The legitimacy, origin and dimensions of this subway size poster need to be confirmed. A better image would be welcome.
UK in-house cassette [Abbey Road]
Some lucky collectors have managed to get their hands on an Abbey Road cassette which originally served in-house purposes. The cassette comes with a white insert featuring a grey and yellow Abbey Road logo on the front, over which is printed the track listing for the 12", with "Suedehead" followed with '7"B'. The spine only has Morrissey's name at the centre and an Abbey Road logo at the bottom. The back flap states "Copied in Real Time by Maria Gordon At Abbey Road Studios on 3 April 1992", above the Abbey Road phone and fax numbers and next to an Abbey Road logo. The tape is a chrome Transco TRII C46, made of smokey transparent plastic, with white sticker labels stating "Morrissey" next to the Abbey Road logo.
Australia CSS [EMI 204769-4]
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, with a barcode, a copyright and a manufacturing/distribution credit at the bottom. The spine shows Morrissey's name next to the title in similar fonts as on the front, with EMI and XDR logos at the top and a Dolby logo and the catalogue number 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 title are at the top on each side, a His Master's Voice logo on the left, the catalogue number on the right, and Dolby and XDR logos at the bottom.
EEC 7" [EMI/HMV 20 4769 7]
The sleeve of the EEC 7" is made of paper with a skin-like texture and it opens from the side. Its front looks at first glance to be identical to the front of the UK 7", but the positions of Morrissey's name at the top and the His Master's Voice logo in the bottom right corner are very slightly different (view left). The same can be said of the back of the sleeve. The text is identical, but its position is not quite the same. Also, "D:" and "F:" in the barcode box were respectively filled in with "006" and "PM 102". The record has a large hole at its centre. The labels are blue with black text: a His Master's Voice logo is found at the top, "45 RPM" and production credits on the right, and a BIEM/GEMA box on the left, beneath a label code and above the European catalogue number and copyright info. The titles and songwriting credits are in the bottom half. Legal credits in English and in German ending with "Made In EEC" are printed around the outer edge.
EEC 7" test pressing [EMI 204769 7]
The discovery of this test pressing for the EEC 7" tells us that it was pressed in Germany. The record has generic white labels with black printed text: "Unverkauflich Musterplatte" on the left, the side identification on the right and legal warning around the bottom edge. The record comes inside a white paper sleeve opening from the top, with a "EMI MUSIC COLOGNE Records Muster" information sticker on the front. The sticker also gives the catalogue number and the date "09 04 1992".
Holland CD5 [EMI 20 4769-2]
The Holland cd-single is just like its UK counterpart with only a few alterations here and there. The front and reverse of the insert are the same as in the UK. The Holland catalogue number was added on the left side of the spine and "D:" and "F:" in the barcode box on the back were respectively filled in with "CDP 560" and "PM 515". The disc is also black with silver text, but instead of having"Made in Great Britain" at the bottom of it, "Made In Holland" is found above the Euro catalogue number on the left. Similarly, "BIEM/MCPS" was removed from the block of credits on the right and "BIEM/STEMRA" added top left above "Made In Holland".
USA CD5 - original Digipak [Sire/Reprise 9 40560-2]
The original and most common edition of "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" in the USA was manufactured in Digipak with black plastic tray. The front artwork was adapted for this release (view left). The reverse of the front panel is all pink, without any photo or text. The back was modelled on the back of the UK cd, but there is a sideways barcode in the bottom left corner, Sire/Reprise and compact disc logos in the bottom right corner and two lines of Sire/Warner Bros credits at the very bottom. The spine is white with black text. It features Morrissey's name and "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" between the catalogue number and "Sire/Reprise". The disc is silver (uncoloured) with black text: Morrissey's name at the top; the track listing's first three songs including songwriting and publishing credits on the left; the track listing's other two songs on the right above source credits; production credits, Sire/Reprise logos, compact disc logo, catalogue number and "Made in USA" at the bottom. Copies that are still sealed have a purple sticker with white text on the front stating "Specially-Priced Compact Disc Maxi-Single" and advertising the musical content.
USA CD5 - jewelcase [Sire/Reprise 9 40560-2]
The front artwork was more than just cropped for the narrower space afforded by this alternate format, as the position of Morrissey's name in the top left corner was also ajusted. Image of the front artwork and information on the rest of the packaging is needed.
USA 12" [Sire/Reprise 9 40560-0]
The position of Morrissey's name on the front of the American 12" is slightly different than on the front of the UK 12" and there is no His Master's Voice logo in the bottom right corner (view left). The main text on the back of the sleeve is the same as in the UK, but the press credit and the His Master's Voice logo in the bottom right corner were removed and the EMI copyright at the bottom on the left was replaced with Sire/Reprise logos and a block of Sire/Warner Bros credits. Copies that are still sealed have a purple sticker with white text on the front stating "Specially-Priced Maxi-Single on purple vinyl", advertising the musical content and the additional availability of the single on compact disc. The record was pressed on purple vinyl and is slipped inside a clear anti-static inner sleeve. Its 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 12" promo [Sire/Reprise 9 40560-0]
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 purple 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 video promo [Warner Bros/Reprise ??]
The release of this single was also promoted via this 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, "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful", the video length, the date "06-09-92" as well as a bit of technical data. The same address, Reprise logo and release information are found on the videocassette's blue sticker top label (confirmation needed). Catalogue number needed.
USA video promo [Warner Bros D59960]
Warner Bros also included the video for "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" on one of their various artists promo video compilations, alongside material by other artists such as Ride, Pale Saints, the Jesus And Mary Chain, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, L7, Flaming Lips, Wolfgang Press, etc. The videocassette comes in a brown leatherette clamshell case with white card insert in the display pocket. This information card has a printed address/credit at the very bottom, a Warner Bros logo on the spine (confirmation needed) and is filled with computer-printed information such as "WB Alt. Marketing Compilation", "August 1992", "09-11-92" (?) as well as a bit of technical data. The same address, Warner Bros logo and release information are found on the videocassette's white sticker top label. A loose black and white typewritten track listing insert is found inside.
USA video promo [#298]
The "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" promotional film was included on a 4-track promo compilation which also features material by the Waterlilies, St.Etienne and Wolfgang Press. This is dated "6-17-92" and may have been put together by Warner Bros. Information needed.
USA video promo [Telegenics 112A]
The video for "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" was included on issue 112A of promo video series Telegenics, alongside material by other artists such as Curve, Peter Murphy, the Cure, the B-52's, 2Unlimited, Bizarre Inc., L7, Faith No More, etc. The videocassette comes in a hardshell case with yellow or beige (?) track listing insert in the display window. Information on the videocassette is needed.
USA video promo [Rockamerica]
The "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" video was also included on the July 1992 issue of the Rockamerica video compilation series, alongside material by 14 other artists such as the Tom Tom Club, Faith No More, Pop Will Eat Itself, etc. Information on the packaging is needed.
USA video promo [ETV]
The promotional film for "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" was featured on volume #??? of the ETV video compilation series. Other artists featured on the compilation include the B-52s, Nirvana, Faith No More, the Indigo Girls, Material Issue, etc. Information on the packaging is needed.
USA mastering reference cassette
The mastering reference cassette for the USA 12" and cd-single has made it into the world of Morrissey collectors. The insert is a generic "Bernie Grundman Mastering" one, with white and yellow spine showing the mastering company's logo on the left and typewritten release information: "Morrissey", "Warner Bros", "0-40560" and "4/14/92". The front of the insert shows a typewritten 5-track track listing (including many typos), with handwritten notes separating the tracks into a-side and b-side, and specifying which ones are live. The insert's blue print back flap has the mastering company's address, telephone number and a legal warning regarding reproduction. The cassette is a generic TDK SA-X50 tape with generic white sticker labels with black print: "MORRISSEY/Warner Bros. Rec. 0/2-40560." The "0/" was added in handwriting.