Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

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"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me.jpg
Single by The Smiths
from the album Strangeways, Here We Come
Released7 December 1987
Format7", 12", MC
RecordedSpring 1987
GenreAlternative rock
Length5:02 (album version)
3:12 (single edit)
LabelRough Trade
Songwriter(s)Johnny Marr, Morrissey
Producer(s)Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Stephen Street
The Smiths singles chronology
"I Started Something I Couldn't Finish"
(1987)
"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"
(1987)
"Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before"
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths. Released in December 1987, it reached No. 30 in the UK Singles Chart. It was the last of three UK singles from the band's fourth and final studio album, Strangeways, Here We Come. The song contains a long introduction, consisting of piano playing against a backdrop of crowd noises from the miners' strike of 1984–85.[2] The 7" single release cut the introduction, while the 12" single and album version retained it.

At different times, both Johnny Marr and Morrissey have cited it as being their favourite song of the Smiths'.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr.

7" RT200
No.TitleLength
1."Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" (single edit)3:12
2."Rusholme Ruffians" (John Peel session version)4:04
12" RTT200
No.TitleLength
1."Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" (full-length version)5:04
2."Rusholme Ruffians" (John Peel session version)4:04
3."Nowhere Fast" (John Peel session version)2:39
CD RTT200CD
No.TitleLength
1."Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" (full-length version)5:04
2."Rusholme Ruffians" (John Peel session version)4:04
3."Nowhere Fast" (John Peel session version)2:39
4."William, It Was Really Nothing" (John Peel session version)2:04

Artwork and matrix message[edit]

The cover of the single featured a photograph of the 1950s and 1960s-era British singer Billy Fury.[4]

The British 7" and 12" vinyls contained the matrix message: "THE RETURN OF THE SUBMISSIVE SOCIETY" (X) STARRING SHERIDAN WHITESIDE/ "THE BIZARRE ORIENTAL VIBRATING PALM DEATH" (X) STARRING SHERIDAN WHITESIDE.[citation needed] Sheridan Whiteside was one of Morrissey's pseudonyms, taken from the protagonist of the play The Man Who Came to Dinner; that character was in turn based on dramatic critic and raconteur Alexander Woollcott and had been referenced in the etchings of the single "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish".

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA) 17
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 30

Covers[edit]

Swedish rock band Weeping Willows used to finish their concerts with this song, the musicians leaving the stage one by one during the extended coda until the keyboardist was left on stage. As with most of their covers the song was not recorded for release.

Grant-Lee Phillips covered this song for his 1980s covers album Nineteeneighties.

Alternative band Low also covered the song, initially as a single, and later included it on their A Lifetime of Temporary Relief: 10 Years of B-Sides and Rarities. In the booklet, the band describes it as "another cover that some may sneer at. After this, nothing is sacred".

A cover by Eurythmics appears on the 2005 reissue of their 1989 album We Too Are One. A bootleg copy of the band performing the song live during their Peace tour appeared in the early 2000s, although the studio version was recorded in 2004.

Jann Arden also covered the song on her album, Uncover Me 2.

The Last Shadow Puppets covered the song at their concerts at Castlefield Bowl and Alexandra Palace in Manchester and London respectively in 2016. Johnny Marr joined them on stage both times to perform.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me rating". Allmusic. Retrieved on 29 October 2012.
  2. ^ https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/11/ranking-every-song-by-the-smiths-from-worst-to-best/full-post/
  3. ^ "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me by The Smiths Songfacts". www.songfacts.com.
  4. ^ http://www.nme.com/photos/the-smiths-the-stories-behind-all-27-of-their-provocative-album-and-single-sleeves/384620

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