Morrissey has responded to his photo beef with David Bowie in the most amazing way imaginable. As some of your probably know, David Bowie refused to let Moz use a picture of the pair on the cover for the re-release of his single “The Last Of The Famous International Playboys.” Moz found a suitable replacement. Via NME:
Morrissey has now opted to use a shot of him and singer Rick Astley instead, a photo which was taken backstage at Top Of The Pops in 1989, reports Pitchfork. The artwork is pictured above.
Morrissey is reissuing the 1989 single alongside his 1991 album 'Kill Uncle’ in April. However, as revealed in a statement by Morrissey fansite True To You, Bowie refused to give permission for Morrissey to use the photo that he wanted. The statement reads:
“David Bowie has ordered EMI UK not to run the proposed artwork for Morrissey’s April 8 issue of the re-mastered The Last of the Famous International Playboys single and CD. The sleeve featured a previously unseen private photograph of Bowie and Morrissey taken by Linder Sterling in New York in 1992. Although Bowie has no legal rights to the photograph, most of his back catalogue is presently licensed to EMI.”
Never say the Pope of Mope doesn’t have a sense of humor.