The Smiths ‎– William, It Was Really Nothing

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Rough Trade ‎– RTT 166CD
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Cover Star from "The Leather Boys" (A Raymond Stross Production)

℗ 1988 Rough Trade Records Ltd.
© 1984 Warner Bros. Music Ltd.

Made in England

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  • Barcode: 5 014644 601665
  • Matrix / Runout: S RTT 166 CD 01
  • Label Code: LC 5661

Other Versions (5 of 24) View All

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
RT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single, RP, Sol) Rough Trade RT 166 UK 1987 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
RHN 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single, RM, TP) Rhino Records (2) RHN 166 UK 2008 Sell This Version
RT 166 The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing(7", Single, Red) Rough Trade RT 166 UK 1984 Sell This Version

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onelittle

onelittle

February 7, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
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'.