"Golden Lights"
(Lynn Ripley)


A monitor mix of this cover of a Twinkle song was recorded in June 1986 at Jam Studios in London with producer John Porter and fifth Smith Craig Gannon, alongside "Ask" and an early, rejected version of "Is It Really So Strange?". Before the producer had a chance to finish his mix, what had been recorded was given to Stephen Street to mix (or, according to certain people, to be 'fucked up' along Morrissey's instructions). This resulted in the song sounding very different to what Porter originally had in mind.


single version {2:38}
• original 12", cassette and cd-single of "Ask", except in Australia
"The World Won't Listen" album
(not on all editions, click on latter link for details)
"Louder Than Bombs" album
• Australia "The World Won't Listen" double LP and double cassette
• cd-single re-release of "Ask"


This song has never been performed specifically for radio or television.


This song has never been done live, either by the Smiths or Morrissey.


No demos or studio outtakes of this song have leaked to the general public at this point in time.



Morrissey, in a Q&A session on True To You in June 2007: "Everything has its place and its reason. Certainly, the early Smiths covers, for example 'Work is a four-letter word' and 'Golden lights' were done as acts of playful perversity - they weren't meant to be groundbreaking miracles of sound. And that's usually how it is, just a matter of throwing something unexpected into the mix."