We are joking, of course, but David Bowie clearlty doesn't want any confusion surrounding his forthcoming album 'The Next Day', so much so that he's slapped down Manchester misanthrope Morrissey following a request for a photograph of the pair. On April 8, Parlophone will reissue Morrissey's 1991 record Kill Uncle, as well as the 1989 single The Last of the Famous International Playboys, however the intended artwork will have to be changed.
Morrissey had hoped to use a previously unseen 1992 photo of himself with Bowie taken by Linder in New York, though the Where Are We Now? singer has demanded that EMI UK not use the image. A statement on the official Morrissey fan-site True To You read, "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." It continues, "Although Bowie has no legal rights to the photograph, most of his back catalogue is presently licensed to EMI."
Morrissey is yet to comment on the request and is currently ill and taking a break from live shows. Bowie meanwhile is preparing for the release of his new album in March, with talk of possible live shows reaching fever pitch.
Watch Morrissey cover Bowie's 'Drive in Saturday' in New York back in 2000: