"You've Got Everything Now"|
It was first professionally recorded on 26 June 1983 for the band's first appearance on David Jensen's BBC programme (first broadcast on 4 July 1983), with producer Dale Griffin.
It was recorded again in July/August 1983 at London's Elephant Studios with producer Troy Tate during the initial sessions for the band's debut album.
The definitive version was recorded in mid-October 1983 at Pluto Studios in Manchester, with producer John Porter. Hammond organ played by Paul Carrack was added to the mix during additional mixing sessions in November 1983 at Eden Studios in London.
This song has been done in concert at least 88 times by the Smiths, perhaps even up to 108 times if we take into account the fact that information is missing for many early setlists. There are 25 confirmed performances of it in 1983 before the band's first proper tour, but this number is very likely closer to 38. Between its live inception at the beginning of May 1983 until mid-October the same year the song was almost always slotted as set opener. It was done a further 51, perhaps even 58 times in 1984 on the tours promoting the debut album and "Hatful Of Hollow", but this time the position it most often found itself in is that of encore. A further 12 airings were scattered between late February and mid-June on the 1985 Meat Is Murder tour.
There are no officially released live recordings of the song at this point in time, but bootleg recordings are circulated.
In an interview to BBC2's Oxford Road Show in 1985, Morrissey said "It's a throwback to when I was at school. I was quite advanced when I was at school, and when I left school it seemed that all these really oafish clods from school were making tremendous progress and had wonderfully large cars and lots of money, and I seemed to be constantly waiting for a bus that never came. It seemed as though although I had the brains, I didn't really have anything else."