All my favo(u)rite wallflowers and buck-toothed girls need to pay attention to this post, which is everything you need to know about Morrissey. Our man has 4 upcoming releases:
1. The Smiths The Sound Of The Smiths
A greatest hits double CD (47 tracks on the iTunes version) with delish, bespectacled artwork and a truly epic tracklist that even includes the gorgeous instrumental Oscillate Wildly (fan video below). This album is entirely remastered by Johnny Marr, so these songs can finally go on my iPod without sounding like shite. Out November 10.
2) Morrissey Southpaw Grammar
A re-release of my least favorite Morrissey album (1995). This version mixes in three unheard tracks (Honey, You Know Where To Find Me, Fantatsic Bird and You Should Have Been Nice To Me) all in a new sequence. It also adds a hunky new cover, shown above. Out January 26, 2009.
3) Morrissey Years Of Refusal
The new Jerry Finn (RIP)-produced album, delayed from September to February. The first single is I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris, with two new b-sides (sometimes his best work) Because Of My Poor Education and Shame Is The Name. The latter has guest vocals by Chrissie Hynde, who sang with Moz on the gorgeous My Love Life. Out February 23, 2009, potential cover image above.
4) Morrissey Maladjusted
Underrated 1997 album that boasts the epic Wide To Receive, among others. No details yet, but new artwork is expected. Out March 1, 2009.
XO's Top Ten Plus One Smiths Songs:
Girlfriend In A Coma
A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Hand In Glove
Back To The Old House
Never Had No One Ever
What are your favorites?
The Smiths Oscillate Wildly:
Bonus: A shot of Moz in LA recently, looking fantastic. Thanks to True To You and Morrissey Solo for all the news. Videos here.