In a post published on his fan site True To You, Morrissey is said to have compiled the track-listing for a forthcoming Best of the Ramones album, which will be released by Sire-Rhino at an unspecified time. Morrissey has also chosen the artwork, which can be seen below. “Morrissey is thankful to the Ramones management for this invitation,” the statement adds.
The Best of the Ramones would be the first release since the New York punk legends’ original drummer Tommy Ramone died in July at the age of 65. He was the last surviving founding member of the Hall of Fame inductees.
News of Morrissey’s involvement on a Ramones project caps an eventful month. The singer’s messy, public split with Harvest has been played out with all the drama of a Morrissey song. Less than a month after the release of his 2014 solo album World Peace Is None of Your Business, the Brit’s complaints over lack of promotion led to the album being removed from digital retailers and its videos being removed from YouTube and Vevo. The artist reportedly grew unhappy with the label, a subsidiary of Capitol Music Group, when it didn’t make a music video for album track “Istanbul.”
Morrissey has since announced an extensive tour of Europe, beginning Oct. 6 at the Coliseum in Lisbon, Portugal and running through Italy, Austria, Germany, Scandinavia, and Poland, before wrapping in London on Nov. 29. Touring wasn’t his strong suit in 2013. He missed a chunk of live shows through the year with various ailments, from Barrett’s esophagus (a condition where the lining of the esophagus is replaced by tissue similar to intestinal lining), food poisoning, a bleeding ulcer and double pneumonia. Earlier in the year, he told a Mexican broadcaster that he’d been “cautioned” to retire from music, because of his health issues.