David Bowie has seemingly refused permission for Morrissey to use a photograph of the two artists on a new re-issue.
Much mis-understood, Morrissey's 1991 solo album 'Kill Uncle' is set to be re-issued later this year. Expanded with new material, the album will be re-released alongside a new edition of single 'The Last of the Famous International Playboys'.
The single was due to have cover art featuring a photograph of Morrissey and David Bowie taken by Linder Sterling in New York. Sadly, this won't now be happening - Bowie's people have seemingly intervened and a different design will be used.
A statement on Morrissey fan site True To You reads:
"David Bowie has ordered EMI UK not to run the proposed artwork for Morrissey's April 8th issue of the re-mastered The Last of the Famous International Playboys single and CD. The sleeve featured a previously unseen private photograph of Bowie and Morrissey taken by Linder Sterling in New York in 1992. Although Bowie has no legal rights to the photograph, most of his back catalogue is presently licensed to EMI."
'Kill Uncle' is set to be re-issued on April 8th. Here's the video for 'The Last of the Famous International Playboys'.