While, according to The Guardian, Roy Orbison’s son, Roy Orbison Jr. said about the cover version, “We love Morrissey! Morrissey’s hair, and melancholy and poetic lyrics always reminded me of my dad. His version of It’s Over is great.”
While the album might feature some alternative musicians and nod to some of the protest songs of the 60s, Morrissey himself has been a controversial figure whose opinions often light up the headlines and divide fans. It’s a classic case of liking the art but not the opinions of the artist.
You can listen to the Roy Orbison cover below and see the full track list from the album too. The album will be released on 24 May and you can pre-order it here.
“Morning Starship (Jobriath)” with Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear
“Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow (Joni Mitchell)” with Ariel Engle of Broken Social Scene
“Only a Pawn In Their Game (Bob Dylan)” with Petra Haden
“Suffer the Little Children (Buffy St Marie)”
“Days of Decision (Phil Ochs)” with Sameer Gadhia of Young The Giant
“It’s Over (Roy Orbison)” with LP
“Wedding Bell Blues (The Fifth Dimension)” with Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day & Lydia Night of The Regrettes
“Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets (Dionne Warwick)”
“Lady Willpower (Gary Puckett)”
“When You Close Your Eyes (Carly Simon)” with Petra Haden
“Lenny’s Tune (Tim Hardin)”
“Some Say I Got Devil (Melanie)”