Morrissey has claimed that Warner Music have refused to reissue The Smiths’ ‘The Queen Is Dead’ album for its 30th anniversary.
The record hits the milestone in June and it seems the band’s former frontman wanted to mark the occasion by putting out the title track as a single.
In a post on the website True To You, as Fact reports, he claimed the label weren’t interested. “I am sorry that Warner UK or Sire US cannot provide any celebrations for the anniversaries of both recordings, but, perhaps some label bosses have their eye on a tatty OBE, and perhaps others simply have detachable heads,” he wrote.
He continued: “It would not quite be the Smiths if not classically ignored by the dried-out lawns of the establishment. I urged Warner UK to issue a special ‘The Queen Is Dead’ single release for the first week of June … but … brick wall.”
Morrissey then went on to encourage fans to try and get the single back in the charts in the final week of May as a protest for the “urgent need of social justice for animals”.
“Bleeding to death, I therefore have the restless gall to ask of you that, should you have 99 cents/pence, that you purchase ‘The Queen Is Dead’ track in the final week of May, thus possibly edging it into the corner of everyone’s ear in the UK Top 100 – if only to let them know that we are still here and fully aware of the fox-fur on the hall-stand,” he wrote.
“I am sorry to ask more of you than you have already given, but we all do as well as we can in such ludicrous times. I can only ask.”