Morrissey claims he spoke to Warner about an anniversary reissue but experienced a “brick wall”.
Morrissey wrote about his frustration with the 30th anniversary of the Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead and his hope to get its title track back into the charts.
The record hits its pearl anniversary this June, but Morrissey says his label hasn’t given it the attention it deserves.
“The Queen Is Dead … had the courage to put the fullest meaning of British life into words and music,” he writes on fansite True To You, going on to say label Warner UK rejected the idea to re-release the album’s title track as a single.
Instead, Morrissey has asked fans to buy ‘The Queen Is Dead’ in the final week of May with the goal of having it make the singles chart on the week of its anniversary, or as he puts it: “Edging it into the corner of everyone’s ear in the UK Top 100 – if only to let them know that we are still here and fully aware of the fox-fur on the hall-stand”.
Revisit the ‘The Queen Is Dead’ below.