LISTEN: Morrissey Sings Roy Orbison!

Moz tackles The Fifth Dimension, Dionne Warwick, Joni Mitchell, and more on eclectic new covers album.

Morrissey seems like he’d be a hoot at karaoke night.

The legendary UK crank has revealed plans for California Son, an eclectic album of cover versions scheduled for release on May 24.

The album includes the former Smiths frontman tackling songs by Joni Mitchell (“Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow”), Dionne Warwick (“Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets”), and The Fifth Dimension (“Wedding Bell Blues”).

The singer also welcomes a slew of collaborators onto the collection, including Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Petra Haden, Ariel Engle of Broken Social Scene, and Lydia Night of The Regrettes. 

Moz has shared his take on Roy Orbison’s “It’s Over” ahead of the set. Listen to it below.

“We love MorrisseyMorrissey’s hair, and melancholy and poetic lyrics always reminded me of my dad,” raved Roy Orbison, Jr. in a press statement. “His version of ‘It’s Over’ is great.”

“When I would think of Morrissey and his music, it was always with great respect and appreciation as I’m sure is the case with many of his fans,” added producer LP, who worked with the singer on the Orbison cover. “However, I soon realized when I hung out with him and he played me all the songs he was putting on this record that behind this was the heart of an audiophile and a deep fan of his own musical heroes. He is well versed in so many genres and knows deep cuts of artists I thought I knew so much about. It is inspiring to see the enthusiasm and intellect he brings to people through his own musical journey.”

California Son is available for pre-order here.


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