Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want

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"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
Song by The Smiths
Released 20 August 1984 (1984-08-20)
A-side "William, It Was Really Nothing"
Recorded Jam Studios, July 1984[1]
Genre Indie rock, alternative rock
Length 1:50
Label Rough Trade
Writer Johnny Marr, Morrissey
Producer John Porter

"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" is a song originally performed by British group The Smiths. It was released as the B-side of "William, It Was Really Nothing" in 1984 and later featured on the compilation albums Hatful of Hollow and Louder Than Bombs. The song has been covered by several artists, including The Decemberists, The Halo Benders, Franz Ferdinand, Elefant, OK Go, Deftones, Rob Dickinson, Emilie Autumn, Amanda Palmer, Hootie & the Blowfish, Muse, Kaia Wilson, Third Eye Blind, Kate Walsh, The Dream Academy, Josh Rouse, She & Him, Slow Moving Millie and William Fitzsimmons, also, the chorus has been featured in a The Weeknd hook. British band Clayhill have covered the song and their version can be heard at the end of the Shane Meadows film This Is England. Canadian electronic artist Venetian Snares also sampled the original song in "Nobody Really Understands Anybody". Canadian PBR&B singer The Weeknd sampled the song's chorus for the bridge for his song "Enemy". The song has become one of the most well known Smiths songs despite it only being a B-Side and it is often played by Morrissey during shows.

It is included in the soundtracks of the films Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Starter for 10, and (500) Days of Summer as well as in the Christmas special finale of UK TV show Extras, which was broadcast in the UK on 27 December 2007. It also appears in the prom scene in the film Never Been Kissed but was not included on the official soundtrack. The song is also the intro and closing song for Wednesdays with Reda on The Berrics. British department store John Lewis used the song sung by Slow Moving Millie in their Christmas 2011 advertising campaign.

Morrissey[edit]

Morrissey, former lead singer for The Smiths who originally performed the song, has played this song in his live concerts on various occasions, with a sole altered lyric. He has been known to break down visibly during the mandolin solo.[2][3]

The Dream Academy cover version[edit]

"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
Single by The Dream Academy
Released 1985 (UK)
Format Vinyl record (7" and 12"), cassette tape and CD
Recorded 1984
Genre Rock
Length 3:09
Label Blanco y Negro
Producer(s) David Gilmour and Nick Laird-Clowes
The Dream Academy singles chronology
"The Love Parade"
(1986)
"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
(1986)
"Indian Summer"
(1987)

The Dream Academy covered "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" in 1984. This version peaked at #83 in the UK Singles Chart. The instrumental version of the song is the better known cover version, since it was used in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off (during the Art Institute scene) along with another Dream Academy song, "The Edge of Forever". A similar (but vocal) single later appeared on the compilation album, Somewhere in the Sun... Best of the Dream Academy as well as the "Boutique Chill" album of various artists from 2005. The instrumental version of "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" has been played during The Weather Channel's Local on the 8's.

Track listing[edit]

Version one

  1. "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
  2. "In Places on the Run"

Version two

  1. "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
  2. "The Party" (acoustic)
  3. "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" (instrumental)
  4. "In Places on the Run" (edit)

Chart performance[edit]

Charts (1985) Peak
position
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[4] 83

Slow Moving Millie cover version[edit]

"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
Single by Slow Moving Millie
from the album Renditions
Released 11 November 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Alternative
Length 3:09
Label Island Records
Slow Moving Millie singles chronology
"Beasts"
(2009)
"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
(2011)

English actress and songwriter Slow Moving Millie released a cover version of the song, it was released on 11 November 2011 as a Digital download from her upcoming debut studio album Renditions.[5] The song was selected as the soundtrack to the John Lewis 2011 Christmas advertisement.

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" was first released onto YouTube on 11 November 2011 at a total length of three minutes and six seconds.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"   2:51

Chart performance[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 31

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 11 November 2011 Digital Download Island Records

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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