Bona Drag

Label
EMI Catalogue
Release date
1 Oct 2010
Running length
20 tracks
Running time
64:45

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Piccadilly Palare (2010 Digital Remaster) 3:47 638
2 Interesting Drug (2010 Digital Remaster) 3:19 1,862
3 November Spawned A Monster (2010 Digital Remaster) 5:22 1,696
4 Will Never Marry (2010 Digital Remaster) 2:24 460
5 Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference (2010 Digital Remaster) 2:49 896
6 The Last of the Famous International Playboys (2010 - Remaster) 3:40 574
7 Ouija Board Ouija Board (2010 Digital Remaster) 3:45 1,855
8 Hairdresser On Fire (2010 Digital Remaster) 3:48 525
9 Everyday Is Like Sunday (2010 Digital Remaster) 3:32 2,509
10 He Knows I'd Love To See Him (2010 Digital Remaster) 3:04 390
11 Yes I Am Blind (2010 Digital Remaster) 3:43 364
12 Lucky Lisp (2010 Digital Remaster) 2:48 407
13 Suedehead (2010 Digital Remaster) 3:41 486
14 Disappointed (2010 Digital Remaster) 3:01 357
15 Happy Lovers At Last United 3:12 4,837
16 Lifeguard On Duty 2:52 5,303
17 Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness (Demo Version) 2:08 2,801
18 Oh Phoney 2:00 6,180
19 The Bed Took Fire 2:38 4,350
20 Let The Right One Slip In (Long Mix) 3:12 2,622

About this album

Bona Drag is a compilation album by Morrissey released on October 25, 1990. The album features an array of Morrissey’s most popular songs from his early solo career, most of which had not been released on any previous album. The album name meaning nice outfit is an example of the subculture slang Polari explored further on the album’s first track “Piccadilly Palare”. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on 06/12/2000.

About the album

After releasing Viva Hate in March 1988, Morrissey modified his method of releasing music. Instead of choosing to produce an immediate follow-up album, he decided to release a string of independent singles in the hopes of achieving success in that market. Morrissey initially planned to release a second album after releasing a few holdover singles.

As such, he released “The Last of the Famous International Playboys”, “Interesting Drug”, and “Ouija Board, Ouija Board” over the course of 1989. The first two of these became top ten hits. However, by the end of 1989 it became apparent that he would not be able to put out an album of new material soon enough.

Morrissey decided to scrap the idea of a full-length LP and release a compilation of singles and B-sides instead. Thus, the Bona Drag project was born. “November Spawned a Monster” was released in May of 1990 to modest success; the album and the single “Piccadilly Palare” followed, both released on the same day that October.

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