THE image of eighties singer Rick Astley next to Morrissey has been chosen as the artwork for the latter’s re-released seven inch single of The Last of The Famous International Playboys.
But it seems the Newton-le-Willows singer was second choice, as Morrissey had originally wanted an image of himself with David Bowie, but Bowie refused permission.
A statement on fansite True To You read: “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.”
The photo, dating back to the late 80s, was taken when Rick and Morrissey appeared on Top of the Pops.
Morrissey is reissuing the 1989 single alongside his 1991 album Kill Uncle in April.