Moz tears strips off the rock legend, saying "he was only relevant by accident"...

Morrissey has launched a scathing attack on David Bowie during his first television interview in 17 years.

He labeled David Bowie “showie”, claiming that the veteran artist was a “business’”. He went on to say that the public only fell in love with Ziggy Stardust, and the visuals for Ziggy were dreamt up by someone else.

Morrissey also tore strips off the artist in an interview in the April edition of GQ magazine.

“(He is) not the person he was. He is no longer David Bowie at all. Now he gives people what he thinks will make them happy, and they’re yawning their heads off. And by doing that, he is not relevant. He was only relevant by accident.”

The attack on the veteran artist will be broadcast tonight (May 14) on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’, where the former Smiths

frontman also performs two songs, current single ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’ and the classic 1988 single ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’.

Relations were not always tense between the two, as David Bowie covered the Morrissey track ‘I Know It’s Going To Happen Someday’ on his Black Tie White Noise album in 1993, and asked Morrissey to join him on his 1995 tour, though Morrissey left the tour before it was over.

Morrissey’s new album ’You Are The Quarry’ is released on Monday (May 17), following the release of the single ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’, which is heading for a Top Ten entry on Sunday’s chart.