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"Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others"
Single by The Smiths
from the album The Queen Is Dead
Released Autumn 1986
Format 7-inch, 12-inch
Recorded October–November 1985 at Jacobs Studios, Farnham[1]
Genre Alternative rock
Label Teldec/Zensor
Writer(s) Morrissey, Johnny Marr
Producer Morrissey & Marr
The Smiths singles chronology
"Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others"

"Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" is a song by The Smiths, recorded in autumn 1985 and first released on their 1986 album The Queen Is Dead. It was also released as a single in Germany.[2]


Composition and recording

As with every original Smiths recording, the music of "Some Girls" was composed by Johnny Marr and the lyric was written by Morrissey.[1] The recording was given a distinctive intro by engineer Stephen Street, who increased the reverb on the drums, faded the track in then out again, and took the reverb back off when reintroducing the song: "A bit like opening a door, closing it, then opening it again and walking in".[1] The lyric paraphrases Johnny Tillotson's 1962 single "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On", and broadly references the 1964 comedy Carry On Cleo.[1]

"Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" was played live only once, at the final concert by The Smiths, at Brixton Academy, London, on the 12th of December 1986. The performance, which included a verse not used in the studio version, was recorded and later featured as a B-side on the 12-inch and cassette edition of the "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" single in November 1987.[3]

Amateur footage of the entire gig has since appeared online.[4]

Critical reaction

In the mainstream British music press, "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" was mentioned in the context of The Queen Is Dead. In the NME, Adrian Thrills wrote, "As an album with humour never far from its surface, it is fitting that The Queen Is Dead should conclude with the clipped, undulating frivolity of 'Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others', a hypnotic musical travelogue that verges on the transcendental[...] Again, the Morrissey muse and Marr's musical setting collide marvellously, the track illuminated by some lovely slide guitar from the latter. It would have made another classic Smiths single".[5]

Andy Strickland in Record Mirror stated, "Morrissey and Marr still can't quite get it together all the time, 'Never Had No One Ever' and 'Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others' bearing all the hallmarks of the familiar Smiths filler, where music and words hardly embrace"[5], while Nick Kent wrote, "'Vicar In a Tutu' and 'Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others', sensibly restrained arrangement-wise, may well be lesser songs but, constructed within their rightful limitations, sound absolutely stunning".[5]

In Simon Goddard's track-by-track book Songs That Saved Your Life, Johnny Marr describes the song as "a beautiful piece of music", while the author writes, "Possessing one of his most alluring guitar melodies[...] if Marr's tune was heaven-sent, then it seemed very nearly blasphemous of Morrissey to christen it 'Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others' and bestow it with its notoriously frivolous lyric".[1]

Single release

In Germany, "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" was released as a single in slightly edited form, on 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl, with artwork modified from the cover used for "Ask".[6]

Track listings



  1. "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others"
  2. "The Draize Train"


  1. "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others"
  2. "Frankly, Mr Shankly"
  3. "The Draize Train"

In popular culture

In 2005 the song title was used for a musical based around the music of Morrissey & Marr.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Simon Goddard, Songs That Saved Your Life (second edition, 2004)
  2. ^ Entry at Discogs
  3. ^ Passions Just Like Mine
  4. ^ YouTube
  5. ^ a b c Smiths Presumably Forever Ill
  6. ^ Passions Just Like Mine
  7. ^


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