Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Morrissey's 'Bona Drag' Turns 20

My high school years were spent scouring old Rolling Stone issues at the local library and keeping my ears glued to the Detroit-based 89X station--when it played great alternative stuff. I was pretty much obsessed with anything English, so I devoured nearly every band and album that came out of the Madchester, shoegaze and Britpop scenes. Morrissey was at the forefront for me and his Bona Drag album was high on my listening list.

Fortunately for fervent fans like me, Bona Drag will be receiving the reissue treatment this fall. First The Cure's Disintegration and now this? This is my year!

True to You announced Monday (July 12) that in celebration of the album's 20th anniversary, EMI will re-release it via the newly resurrected 1960s imprint, Major Minor, on September 27th. The remastered special edition will also include six previously unreleased songs from that time.

Apparently Morrissey has also decided to revert back to the original color for the "November Spawned a Monster" video (where his shirt is black, not brown) for the album's artwork. The back cover and inside artwork will also be redone, with rarely-seen photos personally chosen by the Mozzer himself. It looks like I'll have to get the vinyl, too, as the LP version will be double heavyweight 180 grams, encased with a wide-spine sleeve with a pull-out poster. Morrissey fandom never ends.

Bona Drag tracklisting:
1. Piccadilly Palare
2. Interesting Drug
3. November Spawned a Monster
4. Will Never Marry
5. Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference
6. The Last of the Famous International Playboys
7. Ouija Board, Ouija Board
8. Hairdresser On Fire
9. Everyday Is Like Sunday
10. He Knows I'd Love to See Him
11. Yes, I Am Blind
12. Lucky Lisp
13. Suedehead
14. Disappointed
15. Happy Lovers at Last United (Previously unreleased)
16. Lifeguard On Duty (Previously unreleased)
17. Please Help the Cause Against Loneliness (Previously unreleased)
18. Oh Phoney (Previously unreleased)
19. The Bed Took Fire (Previously unreleased)
20. Let the Right One Slip In (Alternate long mix, previously unreleased)

And for good measure, True to You also released this fantastic photo of Morrissey with Rick Astley, captured backstage at Top of the Pops in London in February 1989. I guess Morrissey's "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" and Astley's "Hold Me In Your Arms" were released on the same day and both hit the charts that first week out. I got Astley's first album, Whenever You Need Somebody, for my 10th birthday in 1987.

[Thanks to Oh No They Didn't for the awesome Morrissey image above]

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