" is a song by the English
. Written, performed and produced by its two members Bernard Sumner
and Johnny Marr
, it appeared as the third track on their debut album Electronic
in May 1991 and was also a promotional single
in the United States
five weeks later. Donald Johnson from A Certain Ratio
to the song.
Combining electric guitars with a bouncy synthesiser riff, "Tighten Up" is representative of the Electronic album. When issued as a promo in the USA it reached #6 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. "Feel Every Beat" would become the next physical single release worldwide.
The single edit is one minute shorter than the album version; the opening bars and the instrumental section are both edited. The song also fades out on a loop whereas the original has a hard ending.
Writing in Melody Maker
, Paul Lester described the song as "the devastating marriage of Smiths
guitars and New Order
technology that nervously excited fans the globe over were anticipating from Electronic. Imagine a sublime splicing of 'Bigmouth Strikes Again
' and 'Dream Attack', then multiply by 12". In Vox
Keith Cameron wrote: "'Tighten Up' gives Marr a chance to relive The Smiths' halcyon days with an exhilarating semi-acoustic dynamism".
Illusionist David Copperfield used the song during his live shows when he would leave the stage to look for audience members to participate in his show.
- "Single Edit" (3:36)
- "Album Version" (4:37)