I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris

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"I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris"
Single by Morrissey
from the album Years of Refusal
Released 9 February 2009
Format CDS, 7" single, Digital
Recorded 2007
Genre Alternative rock, indie pop
Length 2:30
Label Decca Records
Writer(s) Morrissey, Boz Boorer
Producer(s) Jerry Finn
Morrissey singles chronology
"All You Need Is Me"
(2008)
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
(2009)
"Something Is Squeezing My Skull"
(2009)

"I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" is a song written by Morrissey along with Boz Boorer, the two being responsible for lyrics and music respectively. The song was the first single to be released from Morrissey's 2009 album Years of Refusal.[1][2] It was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Jerry Finn, the man behind 2004's You Are the Quarry. The single was released on 9 February 2009 and has reached number 21 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song premiered on BBC Radio 2 on 22 December 2008 but made its live debut 17 July 2007 at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium in Jacksonville, Florida on the second leg of Morrissey's 2007/2008 'Greatest Hits Tour'. Morrissey often joked that the song was originally written to be his entry to the 2007 Eurovision song contest.[3]

Reception[edit]

Reviewing a pre-release copy of the single, Filter magazine said the song contained "Morrissey’s classic croon" and that they could not get enough of it.[4]

In its first week of release "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" reached number 21 on the UK Singles Chart.[5]

In the United States, the song received somewhat limited exposure on alternative rock and triple A stations including WWCD, WEQX, Spectrum, and WXRV.[6]

The single also received some pre-release attention for its artwork; the inside sleeve features an image of Morrissey and his bandmates posing entirely naked except for vinyl records covering their genitals.[7]

Track listing[edit]

CD1[edit]

  1. "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris"
  2. "Because of My Poor Education" (Morrissey/Whyte)

CD2[edit]

  1. "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris"
  2. "Shame Is the Name" (Morrissey/Whyte)

7"[edit]

  1. "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris"
  2. "Death of a Disco Dancer" (Live, Waukegan, 17 October 2007) (Morrissey/Marr)

Musicians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boz Boorer interview at adam-ant.net; info on new album, Southpaw Grammar re-release". Morrissey-solo. 2008-07-27. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  2. ^ "Boz Boorer interview". Adam-ant.net. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  3. ^ Beech, Mark (14 January 2009). "Watch Out U2, Springsteen, Here Comes Lady Gaga: CDs (Update1)". Bloomburg.com. Retrieved on 11 March 2009.
  4. ^ "Morrissey, I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris Audio". Filter (12 January 2009). Retrieved on 20 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Top 100 Singles Chart". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved on 17 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Song History". Addboard.mediabase.com. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  7. ^ "Grin and bare it -- Morrissey reveals all", Irish Independent, February 14, 2009.

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