|Single by Morrissey|
|from the album Southpaw Grammar|
|Released||21 August 1995|
|Format||7", CD, cassette|
|Songwriter(s)||Morrissey, Alain Whyte|
|Morrissey singles chronology|
|Southpaw Grammar track listing|
"Dagenham Dave" is a song by Morrissey, released as a single in August 1995, a week prior to the release of Southpaw Grammar. It was Morrissey's first release on RCA, the label he had signed to after leaving EMI. This was the second Morrissey solo single not to feature the singer on the cover, instead English football coach and former player Terry Venables is pictured sticking out his tongue. Venables was born in Dagenham.
The single reached number 26 on the UK Singles Chart.
It is not related to the song of the same name by The Stranglers, from their 1977 album No More Heroes. "Dagenham Dave" is also naval slang for someone who is somewhat unstable or crazy, Dagenham being close to Barking ("barking mad").
NME gave a negative review, saying that this single showed that "Morrissey has become the embarrassing incontinent grandfather of Britpop". The song was described as "piss-poor old crap" and a "tune-impaired three-minute drone". Ned Raggett of AllMusic described it as "the least distinct song on the whole album".
In his book Mozipedia, Simon Goddard called it "a mettlesome pop cartoon featuring, if nothing else, the greatest utterance of the word 'pie' by any singer in the entire history of recorded music."
The song was performed live by Morrissey on his 1995 and 1997 tours.