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UK#1, Holland 7" single Germany 7" single UK#2 7" single Aus, NZl 7" single USA 7" single UK#1, Holland 12" single UK#2, Aus, Ger, NZl, Por, Spa 12" single Japan 12" single France 12" single UK#3 12" single UK cd-single Australia cd-single UK 7" single back UK 12" single back UK cd-single back
"What Difference Does It Make?"|
What Difference Does It Make? (single edit)
UK 7" [Rough Trade RT146]
What Difference Does It Make?
Canada 7" [Sire 92 92397]
What Difference Does It Make?
UK 12" [Rough Trade RTT146]
Because Stamp didn't approve of the Smiths using his photograph, later UK 12" pressings have Morrissey mock Stamp's pose and grin, holding a glass of milk instead of a chloroform pad. This picture was also used for Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Spain and Portugal 12"s. The Morrissey photo was also used on the USA, Australia, New Zealand and later UK 7"s, but with the band name.
Stamp finally gave his approval (after intervention by Sandie Shaw) and the original photograph was reinstated on later pressings of the UK 12", but with the band's name added. The UK and Australia cd-singles and 7"s from all countries except the USA, Australia and New Zealand also have this cover of Stamp and band name.
In France the 12" single shows Morrissey and the band name in white, on the right. There is no artwork for the Canadian single.
When the single was reissued in 2008, Rhino UK used the original Stamp image.
Morrissey, in an interview given to Len Brown, on his mocking the Terence Stamp photo for the cover artwork: "I didn't want to be on the cover, and it was the ugliest picture I'd ever set an eye upon."
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Australia: Promos were produced on both 7" and 12" formats. They featured the same content as the stock releases, but the labels were black and white versions of the typical Australian 'Hat man' labels, with a promo-only warning. The 7" was usually slipped in a generic CBS sleeve (in blue or pink), while the 12" was slipped inside a promo-stamped stock sleeve. Some copies of the stock 12" with a "Demonstration record" sticker on the b-side have been reported.
Canada: A promo version of the 7" was sent to radio. It was identical to the stock 7", it also came inside a generic WEA sleeve, but the record's center had a small hole next to which was found promo text.
Germany: Stock copies of the 7" were distributed with a yellow and white INFO sheet. Some of the sleeves had a round 'Promotional copy' sticker on them.
Holland: A cassette featuring the three tracks from this single was mailed by Megadisc to radio stations in Holland to promote the single. It was usually paired with a press release.
Japan: Stock copies of the 12" single were sent to radio with a white SAMPLE sticker on the sleeve and promo text added on the label.
New Zealand: Stock copies of both the 7" and the 12" were distributed for promotion with a 'Not For Resale' sticker on the label on side B.
USA: This single was promoted with a version of the 7" identical to the stock version, except for added promo text printed on the label. The record was distributed inside the usual stock sleeve. "What Difference Does It Make?" was also chosen by Sire to promote the debut album (information at the latter link).
"Sire haven't promoted the group anyway. They released 'What Difference Does it Make' instead of 'This Charming Man' totally against our wishes and of course it will fail."
"For me, almost all the records have been absolutely perfect, but I can't deny that there are some that haven't aged so gracefully - 'What Difference Does It Make?' ... I regret the production on that now. But that's the only regret, although I might seem like the kind of person that has many regrets."
"There's a couple of songs I don't like. In fact, I didn't really like them at the time. Like 'What Difference Does It Make', I thought was absolutely awful the day after the record was pressed..."
"It was all right. I didn't think it was a particularly strong one. A lot of people liked it and it got to No. 10. It followed 'This Charming Man' and was part of that peak. It was all right. It went down great live, and that's when I liked it."
"We used to have a version of What Difference Does It Make? which was a lot more rumbly drum-wise, more of a jungley rhythm. John Porter listened to it and said, 'Try it like this,' very much straight 4s. I thought, Hmmm, I don't really like this, and Morrissey looked at me as if to say, 'No, I agree with you, Mike.' So, me and Morrissey would be sitting on one couch, and Johnny and John would be on the other, both grumbling away at the others. We tried it John's way and he was bouncing around the room, like, 'Cool, sounds more like a single!' And of course he was right — it turned out to be one of our biggest hits!"
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