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Last month, Morrisey announced that a reissue of the 1989 single, ‘The Last Of The Famous International Playboys’ and the 1991 album, Kill Uncle will be released on April 8th. With hopes in creating something truly special Morrisey had an unseen picture of himself and David Bowie taken in 1992 in New York City, in mind for the cover of ‘The Last of The Famous International Playboys’.
To Morrisey’s surprise, Bowie did not agree with the picture making the cover of the reissue. Bowie technically has no legal rights to the photograph, but his wishes were granted, partly because a good portion of Bowie’s work is licensed under EMI UK, the same company that is with Morrisey’s reissues.
Now, a photograph of Morrisey and Rick Astley will be seen on the reissue of “The Last Of The Famous International Playboys.” The picture of Morrisey and Astley was taken in 1989 backstage at BBC’s ‘Top The Pops’ program.
Morrisey has had multiple connections with Bowie in the past. Some being his cover of Bowie’s “Drive In Saturday” in 2000 and citing Bowie as an inspiration to his performing in a 2004 GQ interview.
Morrisey is on break from performing due to his bleeding ulcer in January, but is anticipating this April 8th reissue date.