|"We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful"|
|Single by Morrissey|
|from the album Your Arsenal|
|Released||27 April 1992|
|Format||7", 12", CD, cassette|
|Songwriter(s)||Morrissey, Alain Whyte|
|Morrissey singles chronology|
"We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" is a single by English singer Morrissey released in April 1992 by HMV. It was released as the first single from his Your Arsenal album, preceding the album by three months, and was the first Morrissey single to be co-written with guitarist Alain Whyte and produced by glam rock guitarist Mick Ronson, known for his work with David Bowie as one of the Spiders from Mars.
Morrissey claimed that the lyrics were about the music scene in Manchester, with bands contesting for success.
On hating it when his friends became successful, he said: "When my old friend Simon Topping [the frontman of Manchester band A Certain Ratio] appeared on the cover of the NME, I died a thousand deaths of sorrow and lay down in the woods to die."
Andrew Collins in NME gave a very negative review of the single, writing that "this is by far and away the ex-Smith's WORST single" and described the music as "the sound of five men bashing around in the darkness in search of a tune" before finishing the review by announcing "Moz is history, and we'd all do well to learn it." In a retrospective review, Ned Raggett of AllMusic wrote, "It may be a mouthful, but as delivered it becomes a wonderfully funny, intentionally bitchy sentiment for this EP's lead track."
|Country||Record label||Format||Catalogue number|
British 7" and 12": I DO NOT KNOW ANYONE THAT IS HAPPY DO YOU/none 
The song was debuted on the second US leg of his tour promoting the Kill Uncle album. The first half of the song was performed during the aborted gig at Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, in 1991, in which 48 people were injured as the crowd rushed the stage. It was then performed in concert for the duration of his tour in 1992 promoting Your Arsenal. Fellow Manchester band James performed it as a set opener when standing in for Morrissey at Glastonbury, with frontman Tim Booth stating beforehand that "this is our Morrissey impression".