One day after new 12-inch and 7-inch singles of The Smiths’ “The Queen is Dead” went on sale at U.K. retailers, Morrissey is accusing the HMV chain of “an attempt to freeze sales” by limiting purchases of the new vinyl editions to one copy per person — and he’s urging fans to don silly costumes and buy as many copies “as you desire.”
In a post to his official Facebook page, Morrissey for some reason likens the one-copy-per-customer stickers to cigarette warning labels, and notes they were not requested by members of The Smiths, and are not found on other titles at the retailer. Commenters on the post, however, immediately pointed out that other titles at HMV stores did, in fact, bear such stickers, and that not all HMV stores applied such stickers to the new Smiths titles. It should also be noted that record stores generally like to sell records.
Morrissey goes on to complain the song, while in the Top 10 sales charts, is not being played on radio, either: “Over 30 years since their death, and the Smiths are still thought too radical for the slow reader!”
The singles, rumored for months, were released Friday — the 30th anniversary of the release of The Queen is Dead album — in the U.K. with little warning. The 12-inch features as B-sides the Smiths’ three instrumental tracks: “Oscillate Wildly,” “Money Changes Everything” and “The Draize Train.” The picture-disc 7-inch is backed by “I Keep Mine Hidden,” which originally appeared as the B-side to “Girlfriend in a Coma” and holds the distinction of being the last song The Smiths ever recorded.
Former Smiths drummer marked the 30th anniversary in a decidedly more cheery way than his ex-singer (and now lifelong nemesis) Morrissey, sharing video of a street performer he encountered — and tipped, incognito — performing “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out.”
Read Morrissey’s full statement and see Joyce’s video below.
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