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  • BONA DRAG is a collection of singles and B-sides plus 1 new track.
  • Photographers: Linder Sterling; Renaud Monfourny; Margaret Sison.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Richard Skidmore; Libby Jones; Scott Steele; Chris Maj; Nigel Reeves; Kevin Mccabe.
  • A strong compilation of singles and B-sides, BONA DRAG is one of Morrissey's finest solo discs. While he'd never achieve the commercial or artistic heights he reached with the Smiths, Morrissey nevertheless turned out some excellent music after the Smiths breakup. (One gets the sense that the collaboration between Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, like Lennon and McCartney before them, was one of those rare pairings that quadrupled the sum of its parts.) BONA DRAG brings together material from Morrissey's solo debut, VIVA HATE, and the singles released as he worked on its follow-up, KILL UNCLE.
  • All the elements of Morrissey's well-known persona are present--his biting, literate wit, his world-weary vocal intonation, and his flair for dramatizing anguish, ennui, and Wildean aestheticism. VIVA HATE's biggest singles are here--the cheeky "Hairdresser on Fire," the lushly beautiful "Everyday Is Like Sunday," and the pop gem "Suedehead." The remaining songs are top-notch, too, especially the sunny, incisive "Interesting Drug" and the shuffling heartbreaker "He Knows I'd Love to See Him." As a representative sampling of Morrissey's best post-Smiths material, BONA DRAG does not disappoint.
Professional Reviews
Spin (2/91) - "...It makes an uplifting whole, as album tracks, the songs flatter one another...All the things he used to condemn in the early, boring days of the Smiths, sex, dancing, cigarettes, eating, political conviction, videos, are a hoot for him on BONA DRAG..."

Melody Maker - "Much of the actual content of the record suggests an artist in rude creative health....He's totally alien to the blissed-out slack-jawed baggy mood of the moment, and all the more invaluable because of it."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Great tunes, provocation, dark humour and glass-half-empty-emotional dereliction -- British pop seldom came any better than this."

NME (Magazine) - "...this record achieves everything it sets out to do..."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] extended and embryonic versions of tracks, and a back room mentality that shows Morrissey really was a creative powerhouse in the late 80s."

Uncut (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The pick of the bunch is 'Lifeguard On Duty'. It's wry, funny and serious.."
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