David Bowie and Morrissey in Fight Over Cover Art

by John Pelly / Pitchfork

7th February 2013

On April 8, Parlophone is set to reissue Morrissey‘s 1991 record Kill Uncle as well as the 1989 single, “The Last of the Famous International Playboys”. However, the single will not feature the new cover artwork that it was intended to feature. (That’s the original cover art, above.)

As a statement on the official Morrissey fansite True to You notes, the sleeve was to feature a previously unseen 1992 photo of David Bowie and Morrissey taken by Linder Sterling in New York. But Bowie has demanded that EMI UK not use the photo. The statement reads, “David Bowie has ordered EMI UK not to run the proposed artwork for Morrissey’s April 8th issue of the re-mastered ‘The Last of the Famous International Playboys’ single and CD.” It continues, “Although Bowie has no legal rights to the photograph, most of his back catalogue is presently licensed to EMI.”

Morrissey is currently ill and taking a break from shows. Bowie, meanwhile, is preparing to release his own record, The Next Day, in March.

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2 responses to “David Bowie and Morrissey in Fight Over Cover Art

  1. We should all be friends. Juicy Friends.

  2. That’s sad. In my fantasy world, Bowie and Morrissey are best friends and never ever fight.

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