The Smiths ‎– William, It Was Really Nothing

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RTT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(12", Single, CBS) Rough Trade RTT 166 UK 1984 Sell This Version
EP-RTR-1 The Smiths William It Was Really Nothing(12", Maxi) Rough Trade EP-RTR-1 Philippines 1984 Sell This Version
VINX 71 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(12") Rough Trade, Virgin VINX 71 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
80 130, 80130, RTT136 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(12", Maxi) Virgin, Virgin, Rough Trade 80 130, 80130, RTT136 France 1984 Sell This Version
VG 2023-Z, 062-VG 2023Z The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(12", Maxi) Virgin, Virgin, Rough Trade VG 2023-Z, 062-VG 2023Z Greece 1984 Sell This Version
INT 125.219 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(12", Maxi, Ltd, Mar) Intercord INT 125.219 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
RTT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(12", Single) Rough Trade RTT 166 Ireland 1984 Sell This Version
RTT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(12", Single, EMI) Rough Trade RTT 166 UK 1984 Sell This Version
VIN 45123 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single) Virgin, Rough Trade VIN 45123 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
RT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single) Rough Trade RT 166 UK 1984 Sell This Version
RT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single) Rough Trade RT 166 Sweden 1984 Sell This Version
INT 110.169 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single) Intercord INT 110.169 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
RT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single, Kno) Rough Trade RT 166 UK 1984 Sell This Version
RT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single, Red) Rough Trade RT 166 UK 1984 Sell This Version
RT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single, Sol) Rough Trade RT 166 UK & Ireland 1984 Sell This Version
RT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single, W/Lbl, Red) Rough Trade RT 166 UK 1984 Sell This Version
RT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(Cass, Promo) Rough Trade RT 166 UK 1984 Sell This Version
RTT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(12", RP) Rough Trade RTT 166 UK 1987 Sell This Version
RT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single, RP, Pus) Rough Trade RT 166 UK 1987 Sell This Version
RT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single, RP, Sol) Rough Trade RT 166 UK 1987 Sell This Version
RTT 166CD The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(CD, Single) Rough Trade RTT 166CD UK 1988 Sell This Version
D 1072 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(CD, Single) Rough Trade, Festival Records D 1072 Australia & New Zealand 1990 Sell This Version
RHN 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single, Ltd, RP) Rhino Records (2) RHN 166 UK 2008 Sell This Version
RHN 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single, RM, TP) Rhino Records (2) RHN 166 UK 2008 Sell This Version
none The Smiths Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want(CDr, Single, Promo) Rhino UK none UK 2011 Sell This Version

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Loanesloan

Loanesloan

November 21, 2014
referencing William, It Was Really Nothing, 7", Single, Kno, RT 166
Matrix: A-1U-1-K-3 & B-1U-1-2-7 (at least with my Version)
onelittle

onelittle

February 7, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing William, It Was Really Nothing, CD, Single, RTT 166CD
This song is thought to be about The Associates singer Billy MacKenzie. In the early 80s the pair had forged a fleeting friendship, which ended abruptly when MacKenzie allegedly thieved a Jane Stein novel and a favourite shirt from Morrissey's Manchester flat. Industry rumour had it that they were, briefly, lovers, and that "William It Was Really Nothing" was Morrissey's kiss-off to MacKenzie.

In the 90s MacKenzie wrote an affectionate song, "Steven, You're Still Really Something". It is considered to be his riposte. The lyric included a slightly sinister outing threat in; 'If I'm going down, I'll do you down with me', sweetened only by the coupling; 'And I loved the way you sent your poetry'.