Interlude

Today, roaming aimlessly on the Internet, I was fortunate to find a unique duet by two artists I’ve recently featured (though separately).

As I mentioned in my post on Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Kiss Them for Me,” one of her many collaborations was with Morrissey, several years after the band he fronted, the Smiths, broke up.

Morrissey had invited Siouxsie Sioux to record a duet, sending some possible songs to work on; all of them had initially been sung by women. Siouxsie chose “Interlude,” which the two recorded during sessions for Morrissey’s solo album Vauxhall and I (1994).

“Interlude” is a tender love ballad, originally recorded in 1968 by American singer Timi Yuro (1940-2004) for the film of the same name (directed by Kevin Billington and starring Oskar Werner, Virginia Maskell, Donald Sutherland, Barbara Ferris and John Cleese… a movie I’m sure I remember people talking about when I was a kid, as I recall Oskar Werner being popular in our household). French composer Georges Delerue (1925-1992) and South African songwriter Hal Shaper (1931-2004) wrote the song. (Incidentally, upon Yuro’s death, Morrissey described her as his favourite singer.)

In their version, Siouxsie and Morrissey sing a beautiful duet with simple acoustic guitar and strings backing their vocals. But not long after the session, the two fell into a disagreement about the content for the video that would promote it, a conflict which they never resolved. The record label EMI released the song anyway, later in 1994.

In 2011, Morrissey re-issued the song on one of his compilation albums, with his vocals only.

It’s ironic that a soulful tribute to love would lead to such lasting discord within the duet that sang a version of it but, well, that’s the world sometimes.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s an unofficial video with audio for the song, though YouTube has credited it to the artists. The poster of the video has gone to some trouble to compile some beautiful photos of Morrissey and Siouxsie… though none with them together as collaborators.

Lyrics are contained in the notes under the video posting.

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