Billboard Magazine reports:
Morrissey released his cover of The 5th Dimension’s hit “Wedding Bell Blues” on Monday (April 8). “Oh Bill, I love you so/ I always will/ I look at you and see the passion eyes of May/ Oh but am I ever gonna see my wedding day?” the British rock icon sings over jangly piano and whistling harmonies, giving the lyrics originally delivered by Marilyn McCoo a subtly queer bent, as an official press release points out.
Rolling Stone reports:
Morrissey recruited Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and the Regrettes’ Lydia Night for his soulful cover, the first official single from the singer’s upcoming Sixties/Seventies covers LP, California Son. The guest duo add breezy backing vocals throughout the Laura Nyro-penned track, while Morrissey croons marital daydreams over jaunty piano, glassy electric guitar chords and the faint flutter of a theremin.
As I’m quite sure I’ve made clear here in the past, I loathe Morrissey for his embrace of the right wing in recent years. But I adore the 5th Dimension and Laura Nyro and this cover is pretty good, dammit.