Morrissey and Bowie used to be pals, even touring together during in 1995. But now, it seems their feud continues. Morrissey is set to release a re-mastered version of the 1989 single "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" April 8. According to a Morrissey fanzine, however, when Bowie heard that the artwork of the new CD was to feature a previously unseen image of him and the Smiths singer, he asked EMI not to run it.
The image in question is a photograph by Linder Sterling taken in 1992 and is licensed to EMI (which also owns Bowie's back catalog). Is it similar to this one from June 2, 1991? It's a grainy, black-and-white concert photo that shows the two singing, Morrissey dressed in a see-through black top, during a duet of Cosmic Dancer in Los Angeles.
As some may recall, the original record featured a photograph of 7-year-old Steven Morrissey climbing a tree. The song, which mythologizes the gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray, went to number six in the Top 40 in 1989.
Morrissey hasn't commented yet, since he’s currently hospitalized with ulcer-related issues.
But to get you out of the negative mood, go ahead and watch the video for "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" below: