Since its 1996 release, Introducing Morrissey, a concert film documenting the singer’s 1995 tour, has been a VHS rarity. Now, however, the film is not only back in print, it’s available for purchase on, yes, DVD. Above, watch one of its stand-out tracks, a performance of “Jack the Ripper” that’s interrupted when a fan jumps onstage, shakes Morrissey‘s hand and raises his arms in victory as security escorts him away.
The footage was recorded on February 7th and 8th, when the singer performed (in a white button-down tucked into his blue jeans) at Sheffield City Hall and Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
Later in the year, Rolling Stone‘s Al Weisel noted the former Smiths frontman was making some of the best music of his career, calling Southpaw Grammar Morrissey’s “most powerful solo outing to date”: “While some may gripe that Morrissey could expand his worldview a bit, a Morrissey album that didn’t wallow in misery would be like Kafka without paranoia, Jagger without satyrmania or Seurat without dots. There’s something reassuring about the usual suspects being trotted out in brand-new suits.”
Introducing Morrissey can be purchased here.