Unheard Morrissey demos from 2008 made available for first time – listen

The recordings date back to the sessions for 2009 album 'Years Of Refusal'

Demo recordings from the sessions of Morrissey‘s 2009 album ‘Years Of Refusal’ have surfaced online.

The three demos, which allegedly date back to 2008 and are previously unheard, have been shared online by fansite True To You.

The “initial run-throughs” are for the songs ‘Something Is Squeezing My Skull’, ‘One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell’ and ‘Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed’, all of which later made it onto the album in re-recorded form. Listen below.

‘Years Of Refusal’ was Morrissey’s ninth solo album and followed 2006’s ‘Ringleader of the Tormentors’. It was the first Morrissey album since 1992’s ‘Your Arsenal’ not to feature long-time bandmate Alain Whyte on guitar.


Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration has denied claims made by Morrissey that he was sexually assaulted by airport security at San Francisco International Airport last week.

The former Smiths frontman had alleged that the incident took place on July 27 as he prepared to board a British Airways flight to London, claiming that a security officer “crouched before me and groped my penis and testicles”.

However, TSA spokesman Mike England has said in a statement obtained by The Guardian: “TSA takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and strives to treat every passenger with dignity and respect.”

The statement continued to state that the incident, in the TSA’s opinion, “followed standard operating procedures”.

The statement added: “Upon review of closed circuit TV footage, TSA determined that the supervised officer followed standard operating procedures in the screening of this individual.

“During the screening process, if an anomaly is detected, secondary screening is required to ensure the passenger does not have threat items, such as explosives, concealed under clothing.

“TSA works with numerous groups to continuously refine and enhance our procedures to improve the passenger experience while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public.”