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In October 2010, the album was reissued on the resurrected Major Minor label, with six officially unreleased studio recordings. After the dissolution of the Smiths, Moz was, quite oddly, tipped by many to struggle without his longtime songwriting partner and bandmate Johnny Marr; he wasted no time proving them wrong, releasing his debut solo single, "Suedehead", just over two months after the final Smiths single.

Issued in a gloss sleeve with a top opening picture/lyric inner sleeve which has a small die cut thumb section. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast.Bona Drag (LP Compilation Limited Edition Reissue Remastered Stereo Teal) - Discogs release: https://www. In sum, the songs are a nice addition to the Morrissey catalog, all worth hearing though none perhaps necessary. Pitchfork may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. Bona Drag, the most enduring success of Morrissey's solo career, was built on his first true taste of failure. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

There is not a bad track on this album and the new vinyl version with 5 extra tracks is even better. The album name meaning nice outfits is an example of the subculture slang Polari explored further on the album's first track " Piccadilly Palare". However, by the end of 1989 it became apparent that he would not be able to put out an album of new material soon enough. Instead of choosing to produce an immediate follow-up album, he decided to release a string of independent singles in the hopes of achieving success in that market. In a career of odd reissues and collections, however, they at least make a welcome addition to this 20th anniversary release-- all genuine curiosities for completists that will please non-fans.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Think it’s time to split this entry in two releases, the UK one with Obi and Limitation to 75o and the one w/out obi which seems to be widely available throughout the world. Morrissey decided to scrap the idea of a full-length LP and release a compilation of singles and B-sides instead. The album features an array of Morrissey's most popular songs from his early solo career, most of which had not been released on any previous album. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

The album is also significant for including the first tracks by Morrissey to chart in the United States. As such, he released " The Last of the Famous International Playboys", " Interesting Drug", and " Ouija Board, Ouija Board" over the course of 1989. He had fallen out with producer Stephen Street, plus former Smiths bandmates Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke-- all of whom had played key roles in that successful string of hits. And without the weight of being an A-side, buried in the middle of the record, even "Ouija Board" comes off as charming. Bona Drag features all of Morrissey's solo singles up to that point, two of which ("Suedehead" and "Everyday Is Like Sunday") were taken from his first solo album Viva Hate, while the others were making their first ever appearance on an album.Morrissey began what was to be his follow-up album, Bona Drag, surrounded by acrimony and litigation. Moz was instead often writing songs about England's past-- whether the dissolution of key facets of its national identity in "Everyday Is Like Sunday", decades-old gangsters in "The Last of the Famous International Playboys", or out-of-fashion slang in "Piccadilly Palare"-- while the generation behind him was re-writing UK indie's future. Bona Drag launched Morrissey's career in the US, and in many ways it marked the turning point after which he became less popular in the UK but achieved increasing success in America. The breakup of his partnership with Street was the most devastating: He had co-written all of Viva Hate and served as an unofficial mentor for Morrissey's early solo years, performing on records and playing several instruments.

Sunday, Suedehead, Will Never Marry, Hairdresser, and it even has the genius of Mary Margaret O'Hara on backing vocals - in case anybody forgot about her. The years covered by Bona Drag coincided directly with the crossover of acid house and subsequent emergence of Madchester, a hopeful injection of youth, optimism, and hedonism, traits met with suspicion if not outright hostility in Morrissey's worldview.It was a brief recovery: Morrissey's second proper album, 1991's Kill Uncle, still turned out to be a dud.

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