Bona Drag

Bona Drag

Infobox Album
Name = Bona Drag
Type = Compilation album
Artist = Morrissey

Released = October 25, 1990
Recorded = 1987-1989
Genre = Alternative rock
Length = 49:45
Label = HMV
Producer = Stephen Street; Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|4.5|5 [ link]
* "Q" Rating|3|5 [ Dec 2000]
* "Rolling Stone" Rating|3|5 [ link]
* Robert Christgau (B+) [ link]
Last album = "Viva Hate"
This album = "Bona Drag" (1990)
Next album = "Kill Uncle"

"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 to lukewarm reviews, 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.


"Bona Drag" features nearly all of the strong pieces of material written by Morrissey in the first three years of his solo career. The tracks include four top ten hits. Morrissey included two tracks on this compilation from his "Viva Hate" album: "Suedehead" and "Everyday Is Like Sunday".

The album is also significant for including the first tracks by Morrissey to chart in the United States. "Piccadilly Palare" and "Ouija Board, Ouija Board" both reached #2 on the Modern Rock chart. "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" went to #3, "November Spawned a Monster", #6, and "Interesting Drug", #11. "Bona Drag" launched Morrissey's career in the US, and in many ways it marked the turning point after which he became less popular in the UK but achieved increasing success in America.

The album sleeve is taken from Morrissey's "November Spawned a Monster" promotion video. Morrissey's shirt color was altered from black to red in the photo.

Track listing


ide A

#"Piccadilly Palare" - 3:28 [single a-side]
#"Interesting Drug" - 3:27 [single a-side]
#"November Spawned a Monster" - 5:28 [single a-side]
#"Will Never Marry" - 2:22 [edited version of b-side of "Everyday is Like Sunday"]
#"Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference" - 2:51 [b-side of "Interesting Drug"]
#"The Last of the Famous International Playboys" - 3:40 [single a-side]
#"Ouija Board, Ouija Board" - 4:25 [single a-side]

ide B

#"Hairdresser on Fire" - 3:49 [b-side of "Suedehead"]
#"Everyday Is Like Sunday" - 3:34 [from "Viva Hate"]
#"He Knows I'd Love to See Him" - 3:08 [b-side of "November Spawned a Monster"]
#"Yes, I Am Blind" - 3:44 [b-side of "Ouija Board, Ouija Board"]
#"Lucky Lisp" - 2:51 [b-side of "The Last of the Famous International Playboys"]
#"Suedehead" - [single a-side]
#"Disappointed" - [b-side of "Everyday is Like Sunday"]


* Morrisseyvoice
* Vini Reillyguitar, keyboards
* Craig Gannon – guitar
* Kevin Armstrong – guitar
* Stephen Street – keyboards, guitar, bass guitar
* Andy Rourke – bass guitar
* Andrew Paresidrums
* Mike Joyce – drums

Guest musicians

* Graham "Suggs" McPherson – additional vocals on "Piccadilly Palare"
* Kirsty MacCollbacking vocals on "Interesting Drug"
* Mary Margaret O'Hara – additional voice on "November Spawned a Monster"

Technical staff

* Stephen Street – producer
* Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley – producer

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