Stephen Street

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The March 25, 1989 issue of NME highlighted the (temporary) injunction that was to help end Morrissey and Street's working relationship:
"Morrissey's new single, 'Interesting Drug', may never see the light of day, because producer and co-writer Stephen Street has taken out an injunction to prevent EMI from releasing the record.

The single was due to be released on March 13, but Street has blocked it because of a "dispute over payments".

A spokesman for Morrissey said: "The single might not actually come out now."

Stephen Street's injunction still stands and, at this point in time, it is doubtful that the two of them will ever work together again."

Rumours of a rift between Morrissey and Street were first mentioned in NME last year, insiders suggesting that Street was unhappy about the financial arrangements for his production and engineering work going back five years.

Morrissey's spokesman was unable to shed any further light on the dispute for legal reasons, but he denied stories that EMI had earlier insisted that the singer change the title of the single to 'Interesting Thing'.

As reported last week in NME, the video for the single features schoolboys cavorting in high-heel shoes and EMI may have had some objections to that."

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A producer best known for his long-time associations with The Smiths and Blur, Stephen Street began his career during the early 1980s as an engineer on reggae recordings from artists including Black Uhuru, King Sunny Ade and Linton Kwesi Johnson. He made his first appearance on a Smiths album engineering 1985's Meat Is Murder, and by 1987's Strangeways Here We Come was serving as a full-fledged producer. The group disbanded soon after, but Street continued collaborating with frontman Morrissey, not only producing but also co-writing much of the material which comprised the singer's 1988 solo debut Viva Hate. His partnership with Morrissey continued on a series of singles later collected on the Bona Drag compilation, after which Street moved on to begin working with the fledgling Blur, helming both their 1991 debut LP Leisure and its 1993 follow-up Modern Life Is Rubbish. After producing Cranberries' 1994 debut Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We, he returned to the Blur fold for their 1994 breakthrough Parklife. Work with artists ranging from The Pretenders to Sleeper followed, but Street remained most loyal to Blur, next producing 1995's The Great Escape as well as the quartet's 1997 self-titled LP. He also had the production company SBS Productions (2) / SBS Productions Ltd., named after his initials.

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Stephen Brian Street (born 29 March 1960 in Hackney, London) is an English record producer best known for his work with the Smiths, the Cranberries and Blur. Street collaborated with Morrissey on his debut album Viva Hate following the split of the Smiths. More recently he has worked with Kaiser Chiefs, Babyshambles and the Courteeners. For a time, he was managed by Gail Colson's company Gailforce Management. In February 2020, Street received the award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music at the Music Producer's Guild Awards.

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