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Press release: The Last Of The Famous International Playboys: Special Edition single; Kill Uncle: Album remastered

5 February 2013

Parlophone Presents:

'The Last Of The Famous International Playboys'

Special edition 7" single picture disc b/w recent Morrissey radio sessions

And

Kill Uncle album remastered

Release date: 8th April 2013

Following the release last year of the remastered edition of Viva Hate, Parlophone Records will continue their Morrissey reissue campaign with the release of a limited edition 7-inch picture disc of the classic Morrissey single 'The Last Of The Famous International Playboys' and a remastered version of his second album, Kill Uncle.

Originally released in 1989, 'The Last Of The Famous International Playboys' was Morrissey's third single and charted at number 6 in the UK. The song tackles the media glamorisation of, and public hypocrisy regarding, crime - in particular, the sensationalism of how mass-murderers are always automatically awarded the media fame that they crave. It will be available on 7" picture disc single, CD single and digital download. All three formats are backed with recent Morrissey radio sessions: 'People Are The Same Everywhere (BBC live version)', 'Action Is My Middle Name (BBC live version)' and 'The Kid's A Looker (BBC live version)', all of which were recorded exclusively for the Janice Long Show on Radio 2, on 15th June 2011. See below for format details.

In addition, on the same day, a remastered version of Kill Uncle will be released. This new version of Kill Uncle has a re-ordered tracklisting and, with the addition of the songs 'Pashernate Love' and 'East West' (a Herman's Hermits cover), as well as the 'live in studio' version of 'There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends', the album has a revitalised quality, which accentuates some of its more subtle, experimental qualities and nuances; in particular, some of the more unusual musical styles which Morrissey explored for the first time. Upon its release in the UK, the album charted at number 8, and in the US, at number 52.

Kill Uncle has been remastered by Bill Inglot at D2 Mastering. It will be available as a gatefold CD and heavyweight gatefold LP. The picture disc single and album will both feature rare Morrissey photos and Kill Uncle will have a new cover. The artwork will be unveiled soon.

Kill Uncle tracklisting:

1. Our Frank
2. Sing Your Life
3. Mute Witness
4. King Leer
5. Asian Rut
6. Pashernate Love
7. East West
8. Found Found Found
9. Driving Your Girlfriend Home
10.The Harsh Truth Of The Camera Eye
11.There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends (live in the studio version)
12. (I'm) The End Of The Family Line

'The Last Of The Famous International Playboys' formats:

7-inch single b/w 'People Are The Same Everywhere (BBC live version)'
CD single - comes with 'Action Is My Middle Name (BBC live version)'
Digital download - plus 'The Kid's A Looker (BBC live version)'

Additional Morrissey news

31 January 2013

Additional Morrissey news.

In March, EMI (UK) will issue a re-mastered The Last Of The Famous International Playboys as a single, on both vinyl and CD formats. The original release reached UK #6 in 1989.

Irish Blood, English Heart is listed as one of BBC Radio 6 Music's 100 Greatest Hits

23 January 2013

Morrissey's 2004 single "Irish Blood, English Heart" is listed as one of BBC Radio 6 Music's 100 Greatest Hits.

According to the BBC website, the 100 songs were selected by BBC Radio 6 Music staff and presenters.

Voting is open, at the BBC website, for people's favorite songs on the list.

Please visit www.bbc.co.uk/6music/vote/100-greatest-hits/ for details of how to vote for "Irish Blood, English Heart".

Please note that voting will close at 7:00 p.m. (GMT) on Friday 25 January.

BBC Radio 6 Music will count down the 100 Greatest Hits on Friday 1 February.

Morrissey statement 2 June 2012

3 June 2012

Morrissey statement 2 June 2012.

I express my very sincere thanks to all of you who attended our shows of April and May - all of which were fantastic, and often beyond belief. My gratitude, I realize, could never be enough.

Nights of bolts of lightning:

1. JAKARTA, Indonesia: Tennis Indoor (10 May)
2. SINGAPORE, Singapore City: Fort Canning Park (8 May)
3. SAN DIEGO, USA: Valley View Center (22 May)
4. TOKYO, Japan: Garden Hall (3 May)
5. SEOUL, Korea: Ax Hall (6 May)
6. KAWASAKI, Japan : Citta (21 April)
7. NAGOYA, Japan: Zepp (2 May)
8. FUKUOKA, Japan: Zepp (26 April)
9. STOCKTON, USA: Bob Hope Theater (26 May)
10. TUCSON, USA: Music Hall (23 May)

Even the most difficult night (Hiroshima, Japan) was terrific, although promotion throughout Japan was painfully zero. Oh, could it really be anything else but!
The most breathless delights were Jakarta and Singapore. Why have we been kept apart for so long? In Jakarta and in Manila we seemed to fill the whole city with belief, and we were met with enthusiastic admiration everywhere. In such places, it was encouraging to read reviews that were not written by people who were determined not to understand. (That sentence is garbled, but it makes sense to me.)
I have never in my life experienced a crowd such as that of Jakarta, who sang each song so loudly that their voices caught all of the onstage microphones and warped the sound into a mad bellow of love. Later, backstage, we were numbed by the joy that Jakarta had given us.

I fell in love anew with Japan. It hit me like a lightning thrust, and I woke each day eager for the love of it all; a civility unlike anywhere else on earth. America could never catch up, and England could never be in the race in the first place. By comparison, England is a country of condemnations, whereas America is a country of exclusions, with the obvious inequality of all. Japan has the most finely perceptive culture I have ever known, and I am thrilled to witness the emergence of broad and wide vegetarian options on all restaurant menus, as the dumb misery of eating death recedes. Record shops also continue to exist in Japan - most notably Tower Records, where we are allowed to remember the joy of 'accidental discovery'.
I apologize for having so many birthdays, but the impassioned crowd at San Diego justified the agony of another year gone. This crowd were noticeably bolder, loudly assured, and full of confidence. There was a vicious sensuality to the audience that I had never previously known. Yes, even after all these years.

Our little covered wagon has lost drummer Matt Walker, who was eager to bring his term to an end. No bargainings could persuade him to stay, and his interest drew its last breath at Stockton. Behind the kit, Matt was a greyhound unleashed, and his great work on Years of refusal will always and forever speak up in his favor. His exit is sad, but he had no wish to continue, and a branch falls away.
We are no closer to port where record label interest is concerned. I promised I would never mention this again. But I just have.
The soul is tried all over again as the jackboot of dictatorship strangles England. This week, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee presents a new lesson in the force of tyranny, and is an expression of loathing and abhorrence of the British poor - and all done, quite naturally, at the public's expense! It is degrading to anyone of intelligence. While dictatorships throughout the Middle East are gently condemned by the British government, there is no examination of the extremism enforced by the British 'royals', who remain the most overpaid and most utterly useless people on the planet. Having done nothing to earn our respect, they demand everything by return. It is a cunning and extravagant form of benefit fraud. I should mention that I am frequently asked to appear on BBC television's Question Time to air my views. But is it possible to engage with the British media and not be carved-up? I doubt it.

Meanwhile, somewhere else, far away from tabloid Britain, the moon retains its friendly silence, and the world is all before you.

In reverent spirit, keenly alive

MORRISSEY.

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Suedehead (Mael Mix): Digital download available in the UK

28 April 2012

Suedehead (Mael Mix)

EMI have released in the UK a digital download of "Suedehead (Mael Mix)": Morrissey's classic debut solo single as remixed by Ron and Russell Mael.

"Suedehead (Mael Mix)" is backed with two previously unreleased BBC live tracks: "We'll Let You Know" and "Now My Heart Is Full", recorded at London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in February 1995.

"Suedehead (Mael Mix)" track listing:

"Suedehead (Mael Mix)"
"We'll Let You Know" (live)
"Now My Heart Is Full" (live)

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Suedehead (Mael Mix): Single released today in the UK

21 April 2012

Suedehead (Mael Mix)

EMI release today in the UK a limited edition Record Store Day 10" picture disc of "Suedehead (Mael Mix)": Morrissey's classic debut solo single as remixed by Ron and Russell Mael.

"Suedehead (Mael Mix)" is backed with two previously unreleased BBC live tracks: "We'll Let You Know" and "Now My Heart Is Full", recorded at London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in February 1995.

A digital download of "Suedehead (Mael Mix)" is available on April 23.

"Suedehead (Mael Mix)" track listing:

"Suedehead (Mael Mix)"
"We'll Let You Know" (live)
"Now My Heart Is Full" (live)

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Suedehead (Mael Mix): Single release details

11 April 2012

This month, EMI release a limited edition Record Store Day 10-inch picture disc and a digital download of "Suedehead (Mael Mix)": Morrissey's 1988 debut solo single as remixed by Ron and Russell Mael.

"Suedehead (Mael Mix)" is backed with two previously unreleased BBC live tracks: "We'll Let You Know" and "Now My Heart Is Full", recorded at London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in February 1995.

The 10-inch picture disc is released on April 21, and the digital download is available on April 23.

Viva Hate: Special Edition album released today in the UK

2 April 2012

Viva Hate LP Front Sleeve

EMI release a special edition of Morrissey's classic debut solo album, Viva Hate, today in the UK.

Upon its original release in 1988, Viva Hate announced to the world Morrissey's debut as a solo artist with an outstanding collection of songs which included the singles "Suedehead" and "Everyday Is Like Sunday".

The special edition of Viva Hate is remastered, and features the rare track "Treat Me Like A Human Being". The CD and vinyl LP formats additionally include a written introduction from Chrissie Hynde, and previously unseen photos.

The album is available on CD, vinyl LP, and digital download.

Viva Hate track listing:

"Alsatian Cousin"
"Little Man, What Now?"
"Everyday Is Like Sunday"
"Bengali In Platforms"
"Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together"
"Late Night, Maudlin Street"
"Suedehead"
"Break Up The Family"
"Treat Me Like A Human Being"
"I Don't Mind If You Forget Me"
"Dial-A-Cliché"
"Margaret On The Guillotine"

You can order the special edition of Viva Hate now from hmv.com.

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Viva Hate: Album release details and pre-ordering information

24 March 2012

Viva Hate LP Front Sleeve

EMI release a special edition of Morrissey's debut solo album, Viva Hate, on April 2nd in the UK on CD, vinyl LP, and digital download.

The special edition of Viva Hate is remastered, and features the rare track "Treat Me Like A Human Being". The CD and vinyl LP formats additionally include a written introduction from Chrissie Hynde, and previously unseen photos.

Viva Hate track listing:

"Alsatian Cousin"
"Little Man, What Now?"
"Everyday Is Like Sunday"
"Bengali In Platforms"
"Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together"
"Late Night, Maudlin Street"
"Suedehead"
"Break Up The Family"
"Treat Me Like A Human Being"
"I Don't Mind If You Forget Me"
"Dial-A-Cliché"
"Margaret On The Guillotine"

You can pre-order the special edition of Viva Hate now from hmv.com.

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March 2012 statement from Morrissey

23 March 2012

March 2012 statement from Morrissey.

Thank you for an incredible tour of South America. It has been the best tour of my life. Nothing I had previously experienced prepared me for the love shown to me by the people of Chile, Peru, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina. The excitement of the Brazilian audiences was almost heart-stopping. After all these years, to still be a part of people's hope is astounding to me. It's one thing to be valued, but to be loved is an entirely different experience.
Thanks also to the police in Peru, Brazil and Colombia who escorted me around (as custodians, I should add.) I am grateful.

Nights of unforgettable joy:

1. Bogota, COLOMBIA.
2. Lima, PERU.
3. Belo Horizonte, BRASIL.
4. Santiago, CHILE.
5. Sao Paulo, BRASIL.
6. Rio, BRASIL.
7. Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA.
8. Rosario, ARGENTINA.
9. Mendoza, ARGENTINA.
10. Cordoba, ARGENTINA.

We are very much looking forward to upcoming concerts in Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines and Hawaii. We shall give our best.
Very special thanks to those of you who - incredibly! - follow the tours from country to country.
Thanks also to Kristeen Young for supporting throughout South America, which is remarkable considering that both of her legs and both arms are made of unusually soft plywood.
My love for the band goes through the roof. All we have is yours.

On returning to London I came face to face with the too-beautiful Joan Collins, more alive and more radiant than ever. Alas, on her back she carried an electrocuted animal. Sad.

In April, EMI re-issue my 1988 single Suedehead as remixed by Ron and Russell Mael. This is a great thrill for me, and I am indebted till death to Ron and Russell.
You might also be aware that Thelma Houston has also recorded Suedehead this year.

Anyway, thank you for reading this, and I shall see some of you in far-off places.

just very softly

MORRISSEY.

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