Morrissey Lashes Out After Labels Reject 'The Queen Is Dead' 30th Anniversary Plans
Published May 16, 2016Between plotting a potential mayoral candidacy and catching Rancid live in concert, Morrissey has had an eventful 2016 as it is. With the 30th anniversary of the Smiths' classic 1986 album The Queen Is Dead approaching this June, however, he's now found himself in bit of drama, as he so often does.
Apparently, the Moz was hoping to celebrate the milestone of The Queen Is Dead anniversary, as well as that for Meat Is Murder, with some reissue festivities, but the band's old labels disagreed.
In a post on True To You, he wrote:
I would like to congratulate the Smiths, and also Stephen Street, and also Rough Trade Records for 30 fantastic years of sales for The Queen Is Dead, which is 30 years old in June. We have always been gagged, of course, but certain recordings rise with time, and The Queen Is Dead and also Meat Is Murder both had the courage to put the fullest meaning of British life into words and music. It was the hope of helping things to evolve, and the mobilized strength of both recordings for 30 years has been fully understood and appreciated by those with sensible passions. Central issues in 2016 England include an urgent need of social justice for animals as well as an obvious recognition of 'monarchy as anarchy' (therefore, something with no place in a democratic society).
I am sorry that Warner UK or Sire US cannot provide any celebrations for the anniversaries of both recordings, but, perhaps some label bosses have their eye on a tatty OBE, and perhaps others simply have detachable heads. It would not quite be the Smiths if not classically ignored by the dried-out lawns of the establishment. I urged Warner UK to issue a special The Queen Is Dead single release for the first week of June ... but ... brick wall.
Considering the situation, the former Smiths frontman is urging listeners to get the record's title track back on the charts.
"Bleeding to death, I therefore have the restless gall to ask of you that, should you have 99 cents/pence, that you purchase 'The Queen Is Dead' track in the final week of May, thus possibly edging it into the corner of everyone's ear in the UK Top 100 — if only to let them know that we are still here and fully aware of the fox-fur on the hall-stand," he continued.
This isn't the first time Morrissey has taken issue with the release plans of labels, having hit out at Universal late last year for allegedly blocking a charity single he had recorded in light of the terrorist attacks in Paris.