David Bowie Blocks Morrissey from Using Photo on Reissue

David Bowie Blocks Morrissey from Using Photo on Reissue
Despite Morrissey's current health woes, the Mancunian crooner delivered some good news to fans this week via the announcement of represses of his 1991 LP Kill Uncle and 1989's "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" single. While the latter was to feature new artwork showing Morrissey and pal David Bowie playfully posing for a candid snap, the Thin White Duke is now blocking Moz from using the pic at all.

According to a post from Morrissey fansite True to You, Bowie has "ordered" EMI UK not to use the photo for the impending April 8 re-release. The previously unseen photograph was taken by Linder Sterling in New York in 1992, and apparently Bowie would prefer that the pic be kept private. True to You adds that "although Bowie has no legal rights to the photograph, most of his back catalogue is presently licensed to EMI."

It's unclear at present if Morrissey will opt to find more new artwork, or end up using the original cover. As previously reported, the re-release will house the classic single and format-specific B-sides. A 7-inch picture disc contains "People Are the Same Everywhere," the CD features "Action Is My Middle Name" and digital copies come with "The Kid's a Looker."