The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get

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"The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get"
Single by Morrissey
from the album Vauxhall and I
Released 28 February 1994
Format 7", 12", CD, cassette
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:43
Label Parlophone (UK)
Writer(s) Morrissey, Boz Boorer
Producer(s) Steve Lillywhite
Morrissey singles chronology
"Tomorrow"
(1992)
"The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get"
(1994)
"Hold on to Your Friends"
(1994)

"The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" is a song by British alternative rock singer Morrissey, released as a single in February 1994. It was taken from the then-unreleased Vauxhall and I album and was the first Morrissey single to be produced by Steve Lillywhite.

Reaching number 8 in the UK Singles Chart, the single became Morrissey's first top ten hit since "Interesting Drug" in 1989. It is also Morrissey's only charting single in the United States Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 46, as well as becoming a number 1 Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart hit.

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl and cassette[edit]

  1. "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get"
  2. "Used to Be a Sweet Boy"

12" vinyl and CD (UK)[edit]

  1. "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get"
  2. "Used to Be a Sweet Boy"
  3. "I'd Love To" (UK version)

CD (USA)[edit]

  1. "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get"
  2. "Used to Be a Sweet Boy"
  3. "I'd Love To" (USA version)
Country Record label Format Catalogue number
UK Parlophone 7" vinyl R6372
UK Parlophone 12" vinyl 12R6372
UK Parlophone Compact disc CDR6372
UK Parlophone Cassette TCR6372

Reviews[edit]

NME gave the single a bad review, describing the song as a "formless neutered ramble" and that his "gleaming reputation tarnishes" with this release.[1]

Musicians[edit]

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed live by Morrissey on his 1995, 1999-2000 and 2004 tours.

Covers[edit]

The song has been covered in live performances by Sara Watkins with a country swing feel. Her arrangement features fiddle, acoustic guitar, electric bass and drums.[citation needed]

The song was also covered by the English pop band Acacia in an "Asian underground" electronic dance-pop style, with the band releasing their version as a single in 1994.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NME The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get Review [1]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"God" by Tori Amos
Billboard Alternative Songs number-one single
April 2, 1994 - May 7, 1994
Succeeded by
"Selling the Drama" by Live