Interesting Drug

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"Interesting Drug"
Interesting Drug.jpg
Single by Morrissey
from the album Bona Drag (compilation)
Released 17 April 1989
Format 7", 12", CD, cassette
Genre Alternative rock, indie pop
Length 3:32
Label HMV (UK)
Writer(s) Morrissey, Stephen Street
Morrissey singles chronology
"The Last of the Famous International Playboys"
"Interesting Drug"
"Ouija Board, Ouija Board"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

"Interesting Drug" was the fourth solo single released by Morrissey. The song was not featured on one of Morrissey's main studio albums, but can be found on the compilation album Bona Drag along with the B-side "Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference". It features Kirsty MacColl on backing vocals as well as his former colleagues in The Smiths, Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon. All three also appear on the B-sides. The artwork for the single features Morrissey photographed by Lawrence Watson. It reached number 9 in the UK, becoming Morrissey's last Top 10 single until 1994.[2]

Criticial reception[edit]

Edwin Pouncey in NME gave a somewhat mixed review, saying the song was a "finely crafted pop single", but also asked "just what [do] Morrissey's minions see in the man?"[3] In a retrospective review, Ned Raggett of Allmusic called the song "a vicious slam on the long-loathed by him Tory government and a sometimes slightly too breathless musical and singing rush."[1]

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Interesting Drug" 3:32
2. "Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference" 2:54

12" one-sided etched vinyl (HMV 12POPS1621)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Interesting Drug" 3:32
2. "Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference" 2:54

12" vinyl, compact disc and cassette[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Interesting Drug" 3:32
2. "Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference" 2:54
3. "Sweet and Tender Hooligan (live in Wolverhampton, 1988)" 3:59

Etchings on vinyl[edit]



British promo 12": HOSSCAH! HOSSCAH!/none

The sayings that were etched onto the British 7" and 12" previously appeared on the single The Last of the Famous International Playboys.


  • Morrissey: voice
  • Kirsty MacColl: vocal
  • Craig Gannon: guitar
  • Neil Taylor: guitar
  • Andy Rourke: bass guitar
  • Stephen Street: keyboard
  • Mike Joyce: drums

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed live by Morrissey at Wolverhampton on December 22, 1988. This song was also performed in 1991, 92 and three times in the autumn of 2007.

Release details[edit]

Country Record label Format Catalogue number Notes
UK HMV 7" vinyl POP1621
UK HMV 12" vinyl 12POP1621
UK HMV 12" etched vinyl 12POPS1621
UK HMV Compact disc CDPOP1621
UK HMV Cassette TCPOP1621

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Interesting Drug Review". Allmusic. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Morrissey UK chart". Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  3. ^ NME Interesting Drug Review

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