David Bowie Bans Morrissey From Using His Image

Bowie orders Morrissey to not use photograph of them as a single sleeve.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

David Bowie has reportedly prohibited Morrissey from using a rare photo of them as the sleeve for 'The Last Of The Famous International Playboys' reissue.

The 1989 single is set to be re-released on April 8th, and Morrissey had planned to use a previously unseen Linder Sterling shot of himself and Bowie in New York in 1992. However, Morrissey fansite True To You has revealed that Bowie has blocked The Smiths' former frontman from using the snap. The statement on the fansite 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."

Bowie and Morrissey's tumultuous relationship has been well-documented, mostly by Morrissey himself (which is hardly surprising). Appearing on The Jonathon Ross show in 2004, he said of the 'Life on Mars' singer: "[Bowie's] a business, you know. He's not really a person. I could tell you stories … and you'd never listen to 'Let's Dance' again."

Morrissey also had some choice words for Bowie in a 2004 interview with GQ magazine, saying: "[He is] not the person he was. He is no longer David Bowie at all. Now he gives people what he thinks will make them happy, and they're yawning their heads off. And by doing that, he is not relevant. He was only relevant by accident."

The reissued single is still set to be released, but with different artwork.

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