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Frankly Mr Astley: When Morrissey Met Rick

Morrissey is back, with a couple of rereleases next month.

I've talked about his revisionist attitude towards his back catalogue before and the forthcoming expanded reissue of 1991's KILL UNCLE is more of the same. Check out The Second Disc for full details.

Moz is also reissuing his 1989 classic single THE LAST OF THE FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOYS. With some awesome new artwork:

Taken backstage at a recording of Top Of The Pops in 1988, this is real "when worlds collide" stuff. Rick Astley was in the charts with TOGETHER FOREVER, whilst Morrissey was appearing to perform SUEDEHEAD, his debut solo single. Is Moz grinning cheerfully or gritting his teeth at being sat next to the poster boy of Stock Aitken and Waterman? We'll never know...

Even more bizarre is the fact that this remarkable photo was the second choice for the sleeve. An unseen - and what surely would have been instantly iconic - photo was vetoed by Morrissey's companion in the shot. To find out which music legend pissed on Morrissey's cornflakes, click on over to The Second Disc.

And click with confidence. It's not one of these.