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- Posted on May 7th 2010 7:30AM by Chris Mugan
A demo from early in the former Smiths star's solo career was set to be aired by the BBC on Tuesday, May 4, during a Radio 2 documentary on producer Stephen Street. However, that segment was pulled after lawyers threatened to call for an injunction.
On his website, Street issued a statement saying he was surprised by Morrissey's move, as other stars, including Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Phil Collins were happy to have early, unheard work broadcast on the series about record producers.
Street was producer and co-writer on the former Smith singer's debut solo album, 'Viva Hate,' from which the contentious recording emerged. He explained that both he and the BBC received letters from the artist's solicitors.
"Apparently their client [Morrissey] was 'horrified that the proposed material would be broadcast,'" he said. "I cannot understand this way of thinking at all. Throughout the program I am extremely in full praise [sic] of Morrissey and the demo was intended to show that even when he was singing on a four-track cassette he still sounded great!"
Street, who features multitrack recordings from Blur's 'Parklife' on his episode, argued playing demos was an interesting way of showing how a rough song becomes the finished article, before saying with a shrug, "Oh, well, some things -- or people -- never change!"
The programme is to be repeated in a longer format on BBC 6 Music at 8PM on May 9.