Singer meets with producer for 'magical moment'
Street engineered a number of The Smiths‘ albums, including 1985’s ‘Meat Is Murder’ and 1986’s ‘The Queen Is Dead’. The pair hadn’t seen each other for 20 years before a recent meeting.
Writing about the meeting on his website, Stephenstreet.net, the producer explained: “I recently met up with a certain Mr Morrissey for the first time in nearly 20 years. I think we were both apprehensive about meeting but after five minutes we were getting on so well it was truly a magical moment.”
He added: “I am so pleased to have met up with someone who has been such a big part of my musical journey after a prolonged period of time and I hope we can stay true friends for ever.”
Street also produced the final Smiths album, 1987’s ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’, and Morrissey’s solo debut, 1988’s ‘Viva Hate’. He co-wrote the latter as well as many one-off singles which appeared on Morrissey‘s 1990 album ‘Bona Drag’.
The two then had a falling out, thought to have stemmed from questions surrounding songwriting royalties, as well as conversations Street had had with controversial Morrissey biographer Johnny Rogan.