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"Istanbul" is a song by English singer Morrissey. It is the fourth track on his World Peace Is None of Your Business album and was released as the second single off the album via digital download on 20 May 2014, through Harvest and Capitol Records.

"Istanbul"
Single by Morrissey
from the album World Peace Is None of Your Business
Released 20 May 2014
Format Digital download, 10" Vinyl (with other singles from this album)
Recorded La Fabrique in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, February 2014
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:40
3:20 (radio edit)
Label Harvest/Capitol
Songwriter(s) Morrissey, Boorer
Producer(s) Joe Chiccarelli
Morrissey singles chronology
"World Peace Is None of Your Business"
(2014)
"Istanbul"
(2014)
"Earth Is the Loneliest Planet"
(2014)
"World Peace Is None of Your Business"
(2014)
"Istanbul"
(2014)
"Earth Is the Loneliest Planet"
(2014)

Due to changes in global music consumption, the physical versions of the first four singles from this album were released together as one 10" vinyl.

Joe Chiccarelli, the album's producer, stated that "Morrissey wanted to evoke the feeling of the hectic and chaotic streets of the city of Istanbul, so he used a cigar-box guitar, a lap steel guitar and a complicated and busy drum rhythm, plus an actual gong as percussion, as well as vocal samples from a field recording taken in the streets of Istanbul by guitarist Jesse Tobias."[1]

Contents

Music videoEdit

The accompanying music video, directed by Natalie Johns, was also released on 20 May 2014. As with the previous single, it features Morrissey performing the song in spoken word.

Track listingEdit

Digital download
  1. "Istanbul" – 4:40

PersonnelEdit

Additional musicians
Technical personnel

ReferencesEdit