David Bowie Blocks Use Of His Photo On Morrissey Sleeve

8 February 2013, 15:21

David Bowie

David Bowie has blocked the use of a photograph of himself on a new Morrissey single.

The 1989 track The Last Of The Famous International Playboys is to be reissued on April 8 as part of the campaign for the remastered Kill Uncle album. The original artwork (which featured a snap of a young Morrissey climbing a tree) was to be replaced by a picture of Morrissey and Bowie. 

The shot was taken in New York in 1992 by Morrissey's friend Linder Sterling. However, it seems that Bowie has ordered EMI to withdraw the image.

In a post on the True To You website, a statement (apparently from the man's "people") says: "Although Bowie has no legal rights to the photograph, most of his back catalogue is presently licensed to EMI."

Morrissey had always been an ardent Bowie fan, but The Guardian reports that relations have cooled off between the two over the years. "Bowie is not the person he was," Moz told GQ in 2004. "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 singer is due to resume his US tour in El Paso on February 12 following his hospitalisation for a bleeding ulcer last week.