Morrissey recently presented a new single from his upcoming album of covers, California Son, and this one might be the most intriguing of them all. The 59-year-old British musician presented his take on The Fifth Dimension’s “Wedding Bell Blues” which saw him teaming up with Green Day’s frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and The Regrettes’ Lydia Night.
“Morrissey’s legendary baritone takes center stage, injecting the classic ode to frustrated love with a modern, polished euphoria that subtly nods at queer desire,” says the press release about this captivating cover.
Written and recorded by Laura Nyro in 1966, “Wedding Bell Blues” was popularized by 1969’s version from The Fifth Dimension which ended up becoming a No. 1 hit in the United States and several other countries. The song remained popular until today while its title became a popular phrase in American pop culture.
You can hear Morrissey’s cover of “Wedding Bell Blues” below.
Morrissey will officially release California Son, produced by Joe Chiccarelli, on May 24, 2019. Prior to “Wedding Bell Blues,” the former The Smiths frontman presented two singles from the album, Roy Orbison’s “It’s Over” and The Pretenders’ “Back on the Chain Gang.” Hear them below.