The Smiths' third studio album, The Queen Is Dead, came out 30 years ago this June. But there won't be any birthday party — that is, unless The Smiths throw one themselves.
Morrissey says he approached the band's labels, Sire US and Warner UK, regarding anniversary reissues for 1985's Meat Is Murder and The Queen Is Dead, but neither obliged. "Perhaps some label bosses have their eye on a tatty OBE," he told the fan site True To You. It just wouldn't be The Smiths, he says, if they weren't being ignored by the "dried-out lawns of the establishment."
He asked Warner specifically to re-release the title track as a single to coincide with its anniversary, but, "brick wall," he explained. So, without the help of the industry, he's urging fans to part with their 99 cents/pence and purchase "The Queen Is Dead" in the last week of May to send it back up the U.K. charts — "if only to let them know that we are still here and fully aware of the fox-fur on the hall-stand."
This seems like a good time to listen to "The Queen Is Dead":