Morrissey is rallying fans to get The Queen Is Dead‘s title track back on the charts. In a letter to fans, published on the Morrissey fansite True-to-You, he said Warner UK rejected the idea of releasing a 30th anniversary single of the 1986 Smiths album’s title track, which “had the courage to put the fullest meaning of British life into words and music.” Instead, he’s suggesting to fans that they buy the digital track on the week of its anniversary in order to put it back on the charts:
“Bleeding to death, I therefore have the restless gall to ask of you that, should you have 99 cents/pence, that you purchase ‘The Queen Is Dead’ track in the final week of May, thus possibly 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. I am sorry to ask more of you than you have already given, but we all do as well as we can in such ludicrous times. I can only ask.”
Read Morrissey’s full statement here.
Take a look back at our feature, The Smiths: The complete songs.