Through his time as front-man of The Smiths and subsequent enduring solo career, Morrissey has cemented his place as one of the true UK music icons. This position has ensured him a large, dedicated fanbase and significant commercial success: to date he has notched up 33 Top-40 solo singles (with 10 in the Top 10) and 11 Top-10 solo albums. This lasting success has not been limited to his early career either, with his last three albums charting No. 2, No 1 and No 3 respectively.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Morrissey’s much acclaimed compilation "Bona Drag" is now being reissued as a remastered and expanded edition on CD and double LP. Originally released in October 1980, "Bona Drag" brings together his first seven singles, four of which went Top 10: his Top 5 debut, "Suedehead"; the anthemic "Everyday Is Like Sunday"; "Interesting Drug", and "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys". Completing the album come the Top 20 hits "Ouija Board, Ouija Board", "November Spawned A Monster" and "Piccadilly Palare" alongside a selection of high quality B-sides from all the singles.
With Morrissey’s full involvement, the original album has been remastered and expanded with six previously unreleased tracks, the first four of which will be completely new to fans as they have never before been heard:
- Happy Lovers At Last United (Outtake from ‘Sunday’ sessions)*
- Lifeguard On Duty (Outtake from Viva Hate sessions)*
- Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness (demo) (Outtake from Viva Hate, previously covered by Sandie Shaw)*
- Oh Phoney (Outtake from Bona Drag sessions)*
- The Bed Took Fire (early version of ‘At Amber’)
- Let The Right One Slip In (alternate long mix)
* Previously unheard
Directing the artwork for the reissue, Morrissey has chosen to return the cover art to its natural colour and to update the back and inner artwork with a selection of favourite, hand-picked and rarely-seen photos.
FORMAT INFORMATIONCD Info: The CD format will be housed in a gatefold, card sleeve.