TITLE: Bona Drag
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: #59 US, #9 UK
SINGLES: Suedehead (#5 UK), Everyday Is Like Sunday (#9 UK), The Last of the Famous Internatioal Playboys (#3 US Modern, #6 UK), Interesting Drug (#11 US Modern, #9 UK), Ouija Board, Ouija Board (#2 US Modern, #18 UK), November Spawned a Monster (#6 US Modern, #12 UK), Piccadilly Palare (#2 US Modern, #18 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Mozz fans know the B-sides as well.
LINEUP: Morrissey and various players and producers.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: All of the early Morrissey singles (most of the non-album tracks) compiled in one package for your enjoyment.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Morrissey wanted to establish himself as a singles artist in the UK, so after he released his first album he released his next tracks all as singles (it also helped give him a little space to create). The result is this excellent compendium, of which only two tracks are repeated from Viva Hate.
Every A and B side from 1988-1990 is here, which is probably peak Morrissey as far as his solo career goes (though some may disagree, but I said it and meant it).
This extends way past the Smiths musically – with great production techniques, tasteful melodies, and it still has some great guitar work (like the end of “Hairdresser on Fire”). Adding this to Viva Hate and you have the perfect set of early Morrissey.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was the record that launched his solo career to a wider audience in the US.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, the streaming version has outtakes as well.
GRADE: A: He left the Smiths in his rear view mirror and this became a must listen for alternative fans.