Bona Drag

Bona Drag

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BONA DRAG isn't a real album. It's technically just a potpourri of singles and B-sides from the early years of Morrissey's solo career, after the breakup of the Smiths. But since the album includes the two standout singles from his first album, VIVA HATE (the shimmering "Suedehead" and the singer's baleful attack on vacations, "Everyday Is Like Sunday"),

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BONA DRAG isn't a real album. It's technically just a potpourri of singles and B-sides from the early years of Morrissey's solo career, after the breakup of the Smiths. But since the album includes the two standout singles from his first album, VIVA HATE (the shimmering "Suedehead" and the singer's baleful attack on vacations, "Everyday Is Like Sunday"), alongside a blizzard of major new songs, it remains the must-have collection from this famously mopey artist. Remember that with the demise of the Smiths, everyone thought guitarist Johnny Marr, a powerful instrumentalist, would go on to stardom and that his weepy compatriot would descend into obscurity. Instead, BONA DRAG is proof of Morrissey's greatness. (Indeed, his songwriting and production collaborator here, Stephen Street, would become merely the second of a long string of successful alliances.) Besides "Suedehead" and "Sunday," this collection includes "November Spawned a Monster," Morrissey's notorious paean to a deformed child; "The Last of the Famous International Playboys," his tribute to the gangster Brothers Kray; and, perhaps most notably, "Disappointed," a shivery, shaky, and very funny sideswipe at his estranged friend Marr.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As he was toiling on Kill Uncle, Morrissey released Bona Drag, a compilation of singles and B-sides, including "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and "Suedehead" from Viva Hate. While the record conveniently overlooks some rarities, the selections on Bona Drag are uniformly first-rate and many of the songs -- "Picadilly Palare," "Interesting Drug," "November Spawned a Monster," "The Last of the Famous International Playboys," "Lucky Lisp," "Disappointed," "He Knows I'd Love to See Him," and "Ouija Board, Ouija Board" -- are Morrissey classics, arguably making Bona Drag a more consistent and entertaining record than Viva Hate.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/08/1990
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075992622127
catalogNumber:
26221

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Bona Drag 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My induction into the world of Morrissey, I knew nothing of the artist's solo work when I felt compelled one rainy night to seek out an open record store and buy this album. One listen confirmed the connection his morose, yet mesmerizing compositions would make with my psyche as a moody lad just out of his teens. Years on, I still listen to the record with pessimistic fascination, unable to crack a smile and singing along with every word. Nary a clunker in the lot, the improper album is comprised of various singles and non-album tracks, barely edging out its forerunner ''Viva Hate'' as the quintessential Morrissey experience.