It was less than two weeks after announcing his upcoming album Bonfire of Teenagers was no longer on the release calendar of Capitol Records that Morrissey unveiled a new single, “Rebels Without Applause,” on … Capitol Records. He recently clarified claims by Spotify and YouTube.
The track has been part of Morrissey’s live set for several months and has an unmistakable resemblance to the Smiths’ 1986 song “Cemetry Gates,” particularly in its main guitar motif and bass line. This is the artist’s first new single in the “exactly three years” since “It’s Over,” according to his official website.
It has been noted that Morrissey is the sole lyricist for ‘Rebels Without Applause’, and for all of the tracks on Bonfire of Teenagers. However, it seems wrong information has been supplied to both Spotify and YouTube. So, Morrissey has clarified the same. His website noted:
“Contrary to information supplied to both Spotify and to YouTube, Morrissey is the sole lyricist for ‘Rebels Without Applause’, and for all of the tracks on Bonfire of Teenagers.”
Bonfire of Teenagers has been largely completed for a year-and-a-half following a flurry of sessions at producer Andrew Watt’s Beverly Hills, Calif., studio, backed by his core band of session collaborators Josh Klinghoffer and Chad Smith. Smith’s Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmate Flea and longtime Morrissey band member Jesse Tobias also play on Bonfire, while Iggy Pop and Miley Cyrus contribute guest vocals on as-yet-unnamed songs. Smith and Klinghoffer also play on Pop’s own new album, Every Loser, produced by Watt and due out Jan. 6.