Morrissey next month will reissue his 1988 debut Viva Hate in a new edition remastered by original producer Stephen Street and featuring a tweaked tracklist and modified artwork — and he’ll follow that a month later with a 10-inch single released for Record Store Day featuring a previously announced remix of “Suedehead” by Sparks.
According to an EMI news release posted at fansite True To You, the reissued Viva Hate will be released in the U.K. on March 26 on CD and 180-gram audiophile vinyl, both of which will feature gatefold sleeves — although the record will also include a pull-out poster. The album’s artwork, which had been changed for the EMI 100th anniversary edition in 1997, has been restored, but, as he did with 2010’s Bona Drag reissue, Moz has opted to change the typeface.
Unlike that ’97 reissue, the new edition of Viva Hate isn’t packed with bonus tracks, although the song “The Ordinary Boys” has been replaced by “Treat Me Like a Human Being,” a period outtake that first was released last year as a B-side to the “Glamorous Glue” single released to promote the Very Best of Morrissey compilation. The reissue features a written intro by Chrissie Hynde.
On April 23, EMI will release a 10-inch picture disc featuring “Suedehead” (Mael Mix), a remix by Ron and Russell Mael, better known as Sparks. It’s possible that the new “Suedehead” mix is the same as or simply a shortened version of the 6:36-long Sparks remix of the Viva Hate track that appeared on the Rhino Records remix compilation Future Retro, which was released in 2005 — and which you can hear in its entirety here.
The 10-inch will be backed by two previously unreleased BBC live tracks: “We’ll Let You Know” and “Now My Heart is Full,” recorded at London’s Theatre Royal in 1995.
Finally, according to a separate statement posted to True To You, Morrissey’s Far East tour also will include a pair of May concerts in Singapore and Jakarta, with additional shows expected to be added this week in the Philippines and Hawaii.
Morrissey tour dates:
Feb. 24: Viña del Mar International Song Festival, Viña del Mar, Chile
Feb. 26: Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
Feb. 28: M Arena, Mendoza, Argentina
March 1: Orfeo Arena, Cordoba, Argentina
March 3: Metropolitano, Rosario, Argentina
March 4: Geba, Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 7: Chevrolet Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (new venue)
March 9: Fundicao Progresso, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
March 11: Escapo das Americas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
March 14: Jockey Club, Lima, Peru
March 17: Metropol, Bogota, Colombia
April 19: Zepp, Sendai, Japan
April 21: Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan
April 23: Zepp, Tokyo, Japan
April 24: Zepp, Tokyo, Japan
April 26: Zepp, Fukuoka, Japan
April 27: Zepp, Hiroshima, Japan
May 2: Zepp, Nagoya, Japan
May 6: Ax Hall, Seoul, South Korea
May 8: Kallang Theatre, Singapore
May 10: Tennis Indoor Theater, Jakarta, Indonesia
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