UPDATE: Stream the actual sung version of “Instanbul” is out on iTunes and streaming on Spotify.
Morrissey continues to redefine the lyric video. After dropping strange spoken-word versions of his new album’s titular track “World Peace Is None of Your Business” and follow-up song “The Bullfighter Dies,” he now shares a similar clip for “Istanbul.” Watch it now, above or on iTunes, because we’re guessing it’ll disappear soon. The clip is equal parts poetry-reading and Most Interesting Man in the World monologue, finding the Smiths boss clinking ice in a whiskey tumbler next to a flower-filled gramophone while we hear about “prostitutes, stylish and glum.” As a parting thought, we get a strange meditation on baby-making and personal doom: “I lean into a box of pine, identify the kid as mine.”
In related news, Moz seemingly joined Twitter, and then didn’t. Also, he allegedly tried to cancel a PAWS concert, and then didn’t. And this 1986 Smiths tour rider might be a fake, but it’s pretty great.