So Morrissey finally posted the letter from Universal and it seems to prove both Universal and Moz are lunatics and liars. Incidentally, here is one reason Morrissey has every reason to dis the company, why can’t he release his own damn song if he wants to? Morrissey might be a maniac but he wrote his own fucking song, why does he have to ask permission to release it?
Still, why lie about it Universal and Moz, Universal said they knew nothing about it., and Moz said they wouldn’t give permission…
Thank you for copying your email to me.
I think we all know that this would be an appropriate and compelling gesture.
I spoke with David Joseph today. His position is that owing to Universal having a very close connection to the events, much as they see your point, they are not intending to release any records in response to the tragic events of last Friday. They feel it is too raw for them given the death of one of their staff members and instead they are going to show support and solidarity in other ways, including concerts in Paris later this year by some of their artists.
However, I believe that Universal would licence the song back for eg a release for proceeds to relevant charities (which I assume would be the plan). In short there may be a possibility here but it would have to be a release via a third party. Personally I think there could be a very forceful statement to be made. It will of course require M’s input. Have you discussed this with him – I assume so.
If you want me to pursue this, please let me know. Time inevitably is of the essence.