"There's a couple of songs I don't like. In fact, I didn't really like them at the time. Like 'What Difference Does It Make', I thought was absolutely awful the day after the record was pressed" - 1992 interviewStranger still are the circumstances surrounding the recording of the song. Morrissey and Johnny Marr originally recorded it on their 1982 demo tape, however, it was to be re-recorded for their 1984 release the Smiths. While Marr, Joyce, and Rourke recorded their parts at Manchetser's Pluto Studios Morrissey stepped out for what the band assumed was 'to grab a bag of chips'. However Morrissey, unhappy with the arrangements of the bands financial terms had other ideas. After waiting for nearly five hours it became apparent the Mozzer was not returning to record his vocals. In fact, Morrissey had left the studio and hopped on the next train to London and headed straight for the band's record labels offices. After the details were sorted out Morrissey would return to record his part in time for the album's final sessions in November of 1983.
"For me, almost all the records have been absolutely perfect, but I can't deny that there are some that haven't aged so gracefully - 'What Difference Does It Make?' ... I regret the production on that now. But that's the only regret, although I might seem like the kind of person that has many regrets."
- 1984 interview
21 September 2009
Reaching #10 on the UK Charts What Difference Does It Make? became the Smiths highest charting hit at the time when it was released in 1984. Strangely, it is Morrissey's most hated Smiths release: