I'm curious to know what Moz was thinking during this time. Rourke & Joyce did not play on Viva Hate, but then he brings them back into the fold. Why then? Was it maybe that if the 3 of them were back together perhaps Johnny would return?Yes, of course! Wolverhampton gig, Playboys, Interesting Drug, Rourke co-wrote Yes I am Blind and Girl Least Likely To.
I'm curious to know what Moz was thinking during this time. Rourke & Joyce did not play on Viva Hate, but then he brings them back into the fold. Why then? Was it maybe that if the 3 of them were back together perhaps Johnny would return?
Then after the brief reunion why did he ax them? I think it predated any of the court stuff ... was it the hint that things were going in that direction ... court, back pay, etc.?
Now this I hadn't heard. Out of curiosity where's this info from?
There's a series-interview with Street on YouTube that you might find interesting if you haven't already seen it. I'll link you to the playlist, as I haven't the time to see which video he talks about the Viva/singles period. But essentially Street thinks it was Moz testing the waters of a Smiths reunion, if I recall correctly from the videos.
On topic...who was the young guy who featured in the video? I know for the "Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before" video the extras were sourced from a fanzine. And of course for the "Every Day Is Like Sunday" video Lucette Henderson made the jump from the Stop Me video to the Sunday video, but what about the Playboy video? Who is that young chap?
"Although Rourke and Joyce had gamefully participated in the 1989 singles The last of the famous international playboys and Interesting drug, the unhappy past descends upon me each time I hear their voices and I decide not to invite them to any further recording sessions. Lawyers for Joyce then write to me, clearly stating that Joyce might take legal action in search of Smiths royalties, but will not do so if I agree to make him a permanent member of the Morrissey Band (a band which, in any case, doesn’t even exist). I ignore the threat, unaware of any legal gripe that Joyce could possibly have against me, but the heavy-handed approach of his lawyers helped me to resolve to leave Joyce to his cleverness. Another page must resolutely be turned once more."
To be fair, this is probably the least reliable version. I loved Autobiography (mostly), but Morrissey's version of events tends to diverge from reality whenever it suits.