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Morrissey at the 2004 premiere of the film Alexander in Dublin, Ireland
Background information
Birth name Steven Patrick Morrissey
Born 22 May 1959 (1959-05-22) (age 50)
Davyhulme, Lancashire, England
Genres Alternative rock
Indie pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1978, 1982–present
Labels 1988–94: HMV/Sire
1995: RCA/Reprise
1997: Mercury
2003–07: Attack/Sanctuary
2007–2009: Decca/Lost Highway
Associated acts The Smiths
The Nosebleeds
Slaughter & The Dogs
Website www.itsmorrisseysworld.com
.Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known primarily as Morrissey, is an English singer and songwriter.^ Real Name: Steven Patrick Morrissey Profile: Born : May 22, 1959 // Manchester, United Kingdom Morrissey started his musical life as the lead singer in punk bands.
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[1] He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the alternative rock band The Smiths. .After the band's breakup in 1987, Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom on ten occasions.^ Real Name: Steven Patrick Morrissey Profile: Born : May 22, 1959 // Manchester, United Kingdom Morrissey started his musical life as the lead singer in punk bands.
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Widely regarded as an important innovator in indie music,[2] Morrissey has been described by music magazine NME as "one of the most influential artists ever," and The Independent has stated that "most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that he has reached in his lifetime."[3] Pitchfork Media has called him "one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture from the last 20 years."[4]
Morrissey's lyrics have been described as "dramatic...bleak, funny vignettes about doomed relationships, lonely nightclubs, the burden of the past and the prison of the home."[5] He is also noted for his unique vocal style.[6] .His forthright, often contrarian opinions have led to a number of media controversies, and he has also attracted media attention for his advocacy of vegetarianism and animal rights.^ An artist that has referred to himself as being “a fourth sex”; that famously campaign for animal rights and vegetarianism.
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Contents

Biography

Early Life, 1959-1976

.Steven Patrick Morrissey was born at Park Hospital (now known as Trafford General Hospital) in Davyhulme, Lancashire on 22 May 1959 to Irish Catholic immigrants.^ Real Name: Steven Patrick Morrissey Profile: Born : May 22, 1959 // Manchester, United Kingdom Morrissey started his musical life as the lead singer in punk bands.
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[7] His father, Peter Morrissey, was a hospital porter and his mother, Elizabeth Dwyer was a librarian. His parents had emigrated to England just before Morrissey's birth and, along with his only sibling (elder sister Jackie), Morrissey was raised in Harper Street in Hulme, Manchester. In 1965, the family moved to Queens Square in Hulme near Moss Side. The family moved to 384 Kings Road in the suburb of Stretford in 1969, when many of the old terraced streets were being demolished.
As a child, Morrissey developed a number of interests and role models that marked him out among his peers, including '60s girl groups, and female singers such as Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw, Marianne Faithfull and Timi Yuro. He was also interested in the "kitchen sink"-style social realism of late 1950s and early 1960s television plays, Coronation Street's Elsie Tanner, actor James Dean, as well as authors Oscar Wilde and Shelagh Delaney. The Moors Murders — which involved a young working-class couple, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, who had abducted, raped and killed three children and two teenagers from the Manchester area between July 1963 and October 1965 — devastated and scandalized the city when the matter came to trial in April-May 1966, and this collective trauma made a profound and lasting impression on Morrissey growing up.
In adolescence, Morrissey's athletic ability saved him to a large degree from bullying. Nevertheless, he has described this period as a time when he was often lonely and depressed. As a teenager, he began taking prescription drugs to help combat the depression that would later follow him throughout his life.[8] He attended St Mary's Secondary Modern School and Stretford Technical School, where he passed three O levels, including English Literature. He then worked briefly for the Inland Revenue, but ultimately decided to "go on the dole".
Of his youth, Morrissey said, "Pop music was all I ever had, and it was completely entwined with the image of the pop star. I remember feeling that the person singing was actually with me and understood me and my predicament."[9] As of 1974, he regularly wrote letters to music magazines such as Melody Maker and the NME,[10] giving his forthright opinions on various bands. Morrissey would sometimes venture out to see bands at local Manchester venues; the first such occasion being T.Rex at Belle Vue in 1972.[11][12] He was taken there by his father, fearing for his safety in the notoriously rough district. Morrissey has described the occasion as "messianic and complete chaos".[13]

Early bands and published books, 1977-1981

.Throughout the 1970s, a teenage Morrissey acted as president of the UK branch of the New York Dolls fan club.^ New York Doll (DVD-V, PAL, Dig) .
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He articulated his love for the group in the documentary New York Doll: "Some bands grab you and they never let you go and, no matter what they do, they can never let you down... the Dolls were that for me."[14] This New York Dolls influence made Morrissey an early convert to punk rock. .Morrissey, then still with forename, briefly fronted The Nosebleeds in 1978, who by that time included Billy Duffy on guitar (Duffy went on to form the post-punk band The Cult).^ He formed the band Sulky Young (he soon changed their name to The Tee Shirts), and then later he joined The Nosebleeds (which was formed in the early 70's under the name Wild Ram, but they later changed their name) together with Billy Duffy (of The Cult) replacing Ed Banger and Vini Reilly who'd left.
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They played a number of concerts, including one supporting Magazine, which resulted in a New Musical Express review by Paul Morley. Morrissey also founded The Cramps fan club, the Legion of The Cramped, with another enthusiast for their music, Lindsay Hutton, although he progressively scaled down his involvement in the club over time, due to the increasing amount of time he was devoting to his own musical career.[15]
Morrissey wrote several songs with Duffy, such as "Peppermint Heaven", "I Get Nervous" and "(I Think) I'm Ready for the Electric Chair", but none were recorded during the band's short lifespan, which ended the same year.[16] After the Nosebleeds' split, Morrissey followed Duffy to join Slaughter & The Dogs, briefly replacing original singer Wayne Barrett. He recorded four songs with the band and they auditioned for a record deal in London. After the audition fell through, Slaughter & The Dogs became The Studio Sweethearts without Morrissey.[16][17]
The singer interrupted his music career at around this time, focusing instead on writing on popular culture. .He published two works with Babylon Books: The New York Dolls (1981), about his favourite band; and James Dean Is Not Dead (1983), about actor James Dean's brief career.^ New York Doll (DVD-V, PAL, Dig) .
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A third book, Exit Smiling, which was actually written first (in 1980) and which dealt with obscure B movie actors, was initially rejected and remained unpublished until 1998.

The Smiths, 1982-1987

In early 1982, Morrissey met guitarist Johnny Marr and the two men began a songwriting partnership. After recording several demo tapes with future Fall drummer Simon Wolstencroft, they recruited drummer Mike Joyce in the autumn of 1982. As well, they added bass player Dale Hibbert, who also provided the group with demo recording facilities at the studio where he worked as a factotum. However, after two gigs, Marr's friend Andy Rourke replaced Hibbert on bass, because neither Hibbert's bass playing nor his personality fitted in with the group. Signing to independent record label Rough Trade Records, they released their first single, "Hand in Glove", in May 1983. The record was championed by DJ John Peel, as were all of their later singles, but failed to chart. .The follow-up singles "This Charming Man" and "What Difference Does It Make?" fared better when they reached numbers 25 and 12 respectively on the UK Singles Chart.^ This Charming Man (7", Single) .
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[18] Aided by praise from the music press and a series of studio sessions for Peel and David Jensen at BBC Radio 1, The Smiths began to acquire a dedicated fan base. .In February 1984, the group released their debut album The Smiths, which reached number two on the UK Albums Chart.^ The premiere episode’s two big musical numbers are on iTunes today: covers of Amy Winehouse’s “ Rehab ” and Journey’s “ Don’t Stop Believin' .” More tracks will be released over the summer and a full soundtrack album in the fall.
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[18]
In 1984, the band released two non-album singles: "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" (the band's first UK top-ten hit) and "William, It Was Really Nothing". The year ended with the compilation album Hatful of Hollow. .This collected singles, B-sides and the versions of songs that had been recorded throughout the previous year for the Peel and Jensen shows.^ The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (Maxi, Single) ◄ (7 versions) .
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Early in 1985 the band released their second album, Meat Is Murder. .Meat Is Murder was the band's only studio album to reach the top of the UK charts.^ Meat Is Murder (LP, Album, Pic) .
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The single-only release "Shakespeare's Sister" reached number 26 on the UK Singles Chart, although the only single taken from the album, "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore", was less successful, barely making the top 50.[18]
During 1985, the band completed lengthy tours of the UK and the US while recording the next studio record, The Queen Is Dead. The album was released in June 1986, shortly after the single "Bigmouth Strikes Again". The record reached number two in the UK charts.[18] However, all was not well within the group. A legal dispute with Rough Trade had delayed the album by almost seven months (it had been completed in November 1985), and Marr was beginning to feel the stress of the band's exhausting touring and recording schedule.[19] Meanwhile, Rourke was fired from the band in early 1986 due to his use of heroin.[20] Rourke was temporarily replaced on bass by Craig Gannon, but he was reinstated after only a fortnight. Gannon stayed in the band, switching to rhythm guitar. This five-piece recorded the singles "Panic" and "Ask" (with Kirsty MacColl on backing vocals) which reached numbers 11 and 14 respectively on the UK Singles Chart,[18] and toured the UK. After the tour ended in October 1986, Gannon left the band. .The group had become frustrated with Rough Trade and sought a record deal with a major label.^ CBS Records Australia , Rough Trade (UK) .
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^ Rough Trade (UK) , Festival Records .
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The band ultimately signed with EMI, which drew criticism from the band's fanbase.[19]
.In early 1987, the single "Shoplifters of the World Unite" was released and reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.^ Shoplifters Of The World Unite (12") .
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[18] It was followed by a second compilation, The World Won't Listen, which reached number two in the charts[18] – and the single "Sheila Take a Bow", the band's second (and last during the band's lifetime) UK top-10 hit.[18] Despite their continued success, personal differences within the band – including the increasingly strained relationship between Morrissey and Marr – saw them on the verge of splitting. In July 1987, Marr left the group, and auditions to find a replacement for him proved fruitless.
.By the time the group's fourth album Strangeways, Here We Come was released in September, the band had split up.^ Strangeways, Here We Come (Cass, Album) .
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The breakdown in the relationship has been primarily attributed to Morrissey's annoyance with Marr's work with other artists and to Marr's growing frustration with Morrissey's musical inflexibility. Strangeways peaked at number two in the UK but was only a minor US hit,[18][21] although it was more successful there than the band's previous albums.

Solo career, 1988-1997

.In March 1988, a mere six months after The Smiths' final album, Morrissey's released his first solo album, Viva Hate.^ Viva Hate (CD, Album) .
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To create the album, Morrissey teamed up with former Smiths producer Stephen Street, Vini Reilly of Durutti Column (and formerly of The Nosebleeds), and drummer Andrew Paresi. Viva Hate reached number one upon release,[22] supported by the singles "Suedehead" and "Everyday Is Like Sunday." Viva Hate was certified Gold by the RIAA on 16 November 1993.[23]
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Morrissey initially planned to release a follow-up album entitled Bona Drag after releasing a few holdover singles from the Viva Hate sessions. .As such, he released "The Last of the Famous International Playboys", "Interesting Drug", and "Ouija Board, Ouija Board" over the course of 1989. The first two of these became top ten hits.^ The Last Of The Famous International Playboys (12") .
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[22] However, by the end of 1989 it became apparent that he would not be able to put out an album of new material soon enough. .Morrissey decided to scrap the idea of a full-length LP and release Bona Drag (1990) as a compilation of singles and B-sides instead.^ Bona Drag (LP) .
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The album collected these early singles along with further non-album cuts such as "November Spawned a Monster", "Piccadilly Palare", "Disappointed" and the B-side "Hairdresser on Fire".
.After a falling out with Stephen Street, Morrissey recruited the production aid of Clive Langer and songwriting services of Mark E. Nevin, of Fairground Attraction, for the studio follow-up to Viva Hate, entitled Kill Uncle. The album peaked at number eight on the UK charts.^ Kill Uncle (CD, Album) .
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[22] The two singles released in promotion of the album, "Our Frank" and "Sing Your Life", failed to break the Top 20 on the singles charts reaching number 26 and number 33 respectively.[22] .Morrissey released two non-album singles, "Pregnant for the Last Time" and "My Love Life". The band Morrissey assembled in 1991 for his Kill Uncle tour went on to record 1992's hit album Your Arsenal. Composition duties were split between guitarists Boz Boorer and Alain Whyte, who have been the core of Morrissey's band ever since.^ Morrissey, Hold on to your friends Master Release - [Help] Release Notes: (optional) Submission Notes: (optional) Save Cancel Contained Releases: My Discogs Submissions Watchlist Drafts Collection Wantlist more...
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Your Arsenal was produced by former David Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson, and earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Album. The album peaked at number four on the UK charts, with two of its three singles, "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" and "You're the One for Me, Fatty", both debuting in the Top 20 in the UK.[22]
By 1994, Morrissey had suffered the loss of three people close to him: Mick Ronson, Tim Broad and Nigel Thomas. Channeling his grief, Morrissey wrote and recorded his second number one album in the UK,[22] Vauxhall and I. Years after the release, Morrissey acknowledged that he felt at the time that it was going to be his last album, and that not only was it the best album he'd ever made but that he would never be able to top it in the future. One of the album's songs, "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get," reached number eight in the UK and number 46 in the US.[22][24] That year, he also released a single "Interlude" in duet with Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees. .Following the success of Vauxhall and I Morrissey began work on Southpaw Grammar in early 1995. When released in August, the album was a hit, reaching number four in the UK.[22] However, both of its singles failed to chart in the Top 20. The nature of the album was different to past Morrissey releases.^ Australian Top 50 Singles Chart Part 4 88 (Cass, Unofficial) .
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.Musically, the inclusion of two tracks which surpass the ten minute mark, the near two and half minute drum solo courtesy of Spencer Cobrin which opens the track "The Operation" and the sampling of a Shostakovich symphony have led some to dub the album as 'Morrissey's flirtation with prog-rock.'^ The premiere episode’s two big musical numbers are on iTunes today: covers of Amy Winehouse’s “ Rehab ” and Journey’s “ Don’t Stop Believin' .” More tracks will be released over the summer and a full soundtrack album in the fall.
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Some critics were impressed by this apparent attempt at progression, while others dismissed the longer tracks as mere self-indulgence. .With the exception of the single "Sunny" in that December it would be another year before Morrissey released a new album or single.^ This week saw the release of singer-songwriter Jill Sobule's new album California Years , which was funded entirely by fans .
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^ Maxwell rocks a hot new look for his first studio album in eight years, BLACKsummers'night (out July 7).
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In 1996, Joyce took Morrissey and Marr to court, claiming that he had not received his fair share of recording and performance royalties. Morrissey and Marr had claimed 40% each of The Smiths' recording and performance royalties and allowed ten percent each to Joyce and Rourke. Composition royalties were not an issue, as Rourke and Joyce had never been credited as composers for the band. Morrissey and Marr claimed that the other two members of the band had always agreed to that split of the royalties as they had consented to an account of the royalties sent to Joyce during the band's existence, but initially the High Court and then the Court of Appeal found in favour of Joyce and ordered that he be paid over £1 million in back pay and receive twenty-five percent henceforth. As Smiths' royalties had been frozen for two years, Rourke settled for a smaller lump sum to pay off his debts and continued to receive ten percent. While the judge in the case described Morrissey as "devious, truculent and unreliable", he did not state that the singer had been dishonest.[25] Morrissey claimed that he was "...under the scorching spotlight in the dock, being drilled..." with questions such as " 'How dare you be successful?' 'How dare you move on?'". He stated that "The Smiths were a beautiful thing and Johnny [Marr] left it, and Mike [Joyce] has destroyed it."[26] Morrissey appealed against the verdict, but was not successful.[27]
.Morrissey returned on a new record label in 1997 with the single "Alma Matters" in promotion of his album Maladjusted.^ Alma Matters (CD, Single) .
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Though the album was hailed as a return to form for Morrissey the album only reached number eight and its further two singles, "Roy's Keen" and "Satan Rejected My Soul" peaked outside the UK Top 30.[22]

Comeback, 2003-2010

In June 2003, Sanctuary Records group gave Morrissey the one-time reggae label Attack Records to record new material and to sign new artists.[28] .You Are the Quarry was released in 2004. The album peaked at number two on the UK album chart and number 11 on the U.S. Billboard album chart.^ The premiere episode’s two big musical numbers are on iTunes today: covers of Amy Winehouse’s “ Rehab ” and Journey’s “ Don’t Stop Believin' .” More tracks will be released over the summer and a full soundtrack album in the fall.
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[22] .Guitarist Alain Whyte described the work as a mix between Your Arsenal and Vauxhall and I, and the album received strong reviews.^ Your Arsenal (Album) ◄ (9 versions) .
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.The first single, "Irish Blood, English Heart", reached number three in its first week of sales in the UK singles chart.^ Irish Blood, English Heart (CD, Single, Promo) .
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[22] This was the highest placing chart position for Morrissey in his entire career at that point. Also, it has sold over a million copies, making the album his most successful one, solo or with The Smiths. Three other hit singles followed: "First of the Gang to Die", "Let Me Kiss You", and "I Have Forgiven Jesus". With the release of "I Have Forgiven Jesus", Morrissey along with McFly became the only artists to score four top-10 hits in the UK singles chart that year. In August 2004, Morrissey was slated to headline a week-long set of shows on Craig Kilborn's The Late Late Show. Morrissey did not perform every night of the weeklong series due to a throat illness. He did, however, perform the following week.
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Morrissey's next album, Ringleader of the Tormentors, debuted at number one in the UK album charts and number 27 in the US.[29][30] Recorded in Rome, it was released in 2006. The album yielded four hit singles: "You Have Killed Me", "The Youngest Was the Most Loved", "In the Future When All's Well", and "I Just Want to See the Boy Happy". Originally Morrissey was to record the album with producer Jeff Saltzman, however he could not undertake the project. Producer Tony Visconti, of T.Rex and David Bowie fame, took over the production role and Morrissey announced that the album was "the most beautiful—perhaps the most gentle, so far." Billboard magazine described the album as showcasing "a thicker, more rock-driven sound"[3]; Morrissey attributes this change in sound to new guitarist Jesse Tobias. The subsequent 2006 international tour included more than two dozen gigs in the UK, including concerts at the London Palladium. Morrissey was scheduled to appear at the 2005 Benicassim festival in Spain but pulled out at the last minute. In January 2007, the BBC confirmed that it was in talks with Morrissey for him to write a song for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest. If an agreement could be made, Morrissey would be writing the song for someone else, rather than performing it himself, a BBC spokesperson claimed.[31] The following month, the BBC ruled this out, and stated Morrissey would not be part of Britain's Eurovision entry.[32][33]
In early 2007, Morrissey left Sanctuary Records and embarked on a Greatest Hits tour. The tour ran from 1 February 2007 to 29 July 2008 and spanned 106 concerts over 8 different countries. Morrissey cancelled 11 of these dates, including a planned six consecutive shows at The Roundhouse in London, due to "throat problems". The tour consisted of three legs, the first two encompassing the U.S. and Mexico were supported by Kristeen Young from Feb to October while the remainder featured Girl in a Coma. The final leg was a small scale European tour that saw Morrissey headlining the O2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London on 4 July and culminated in Morrissey playing at the Heatwave Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel on 29 July.
.After a show in Houston, Texas, on the first leg of the tour Morrissey rented out the Sunrise Sound Studio to record "That's How People Grow Up". The song was recorded with producer Jerry Finn rather than previous producer Tony Visconti for a future single and inclusion on an upcoming album.^ Maxwell rocks a hot new look for his first studio album in eight years, BLACKsummers'night (out July 7).
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In an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live with Visconti, the producer stated that his new project would be Morrissey's next album, though that this would not be forthcoming for at least a year. However, in an interview with the BBC News website in October 2007, Morrissey said that the album was already written and ready for a possible September 2008 release and confirmed that his deal with Sanctuary Records had come to an end.[34] In December he signed a new deal with Decca Records, which included a Greatest Hits album and a newly-recorded album to follow in autumn 2008.[35] In a reaction to the NME story, Morrissey pointed out that he would rather not be signed to a label[36]. .Upon signing with Decca, Morrissey released "That's How People Grow Up" as the first single off of his new Greatest Hits album.^ TX Perez Fan says – reply to this 31 Seriously, how can people be so ignorant these days as to NOT know who Morrissey is?
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^ This week saw the release of singer-songwriter Jill Sobule's new album California Years , which was funded entirely by fans .
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^ Maxwell rocks a hot new look for his first studio album in eight years, BLACKsummers'night (out July 7).
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.Despite lukewarm reviews, especially in the NME, the lack of airplay on British radio (except on XFM), and even the incredulity of fan sites, "That's How People Grow Up" reached the Top 15, reaching number 14 on the British charts.^ TX Perez Fan says – reply to this 31 Seriously, how can people be so ignorant these days as to NOT know who Morrissey is?
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[29] .Reviews for the compilation were very mixed; reviewers noted that the album only includes songs which reached the Top 15 in the charts, putting the emphasis on new songs, making the CD more suitable for new listeners than for old fans.^ The Emperor's New Shorts says – reply to this 15 Going to see her in Offenbach so hope the old gal's in form by then… .
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[37] The album charted fifth in the British album chart on its week of release.[29] .A limited edition of the Greatest Hits album also featured an eight-track live CD which was recorded at the Hollywood Bowl in 2007. A second single from the Greatest Hits, "All You Need Is Me", was released in March.^ The Only Living Boy In New Cross (CD, Single) .
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In May 2008, Morrissey parted ways with his manager of five years, Merck Mercuriadis, in favour of a new contract with IE Music, however by September Morrissey left the group and has now acquired the services of Irving Azoff.[38][39][40]
Morrissey at SXSW, 2006.
.On 30 May 2008, true-to-you.net stated that Morrissey's new studio album, Years of Refusal would have 12 tracks and be produced by Jerry Finn.^ Morrissey complains about the lack of love in modern life in the new live video for his track "Something is Squeezing My Skull", AFTER THE JUMP ...
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^ This week saw the release of singer-songwriter Jill Sobule's new album California Years , which was funded entirely by fans .
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^ Maxwell rocks a hot new look for his first studio album in eight years, BLACKsummers'night (out July 7).
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[41] .On 5 August 2008 it was reported that, although originally due in September, Years of Refusal had been postponed until 16 February 2009, as a result of Finn's death and the lack of an American label to distribute the album.^ Years Of Refusal (CD, Album, Ltd + DVD-V, Ltd) .
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[42]
On 15 August 2008, Warner Music Entertainment announced the upcoming release of Morrissey: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, a DVD documenting the live performance that took place at the historic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, on 8 June 2007 on the first leg of Morrissey's 2007/2008 Greatest Hits tour.[43] .Morrissey greeted news of the DVD's release by imploring fans not to buy it.^ This week saw the release of singer-songwriter Jill Sobule's new album California Years , which was funded entirely by fans .
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[44] .Originally due to be released 6 October 2008, the DVD has subsequently been delayed until 1 March 2009 by Warner Music according to HMV. Further Morrissey-related items to released in 2009 preceding Years of Refusal included a remastered version of 1995's Southpaw Grammar which features three previously unreleased bonus tracks and a remastered version of 1997's Maladjusted.^ Years Of Refusal (CD, Album, Ltd + DVD-V, Ltd) .
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Both items were released on 2 March 2009. As part of the extensive Tour of Refusal, Morrissey followed a lengthy US tour with concerts booked in Ireland, Scotland, England, Russia.[45] He had never before performed in Russia.
In November 2008, Rolling Stone magazine named Morrissey one of "The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time". The list was compiled from ballots cast by a panel of 179 "music experts", such as Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys and Bono, who were asked to name their 20 favourite vocalists. Morrissey was ranked 92.[6]
In February 2009, following persistent rumours over preceding months of an imminent Smiths reunion, Morrissey was once again forced to deny that any such reunion would take place. In an interview with BBC Radio 2, he remarked that "people always ask me about reunions, and I can't imagine why... the past seems like a distant place, and I'm pleased about that."[46] In a separate interview, with London radio station Xfm, Morrissey also stated that "chances were slim" that he himself would continue performing past the age of 55.[47]
Morrissey's ninth studio album, Years of Refusal, was released worldwide in February, 2009 by the Universal Music Group. It reached third place in the UK Albums Chart[48] and 11 in the US Billboard 200.[49] The record was widely acclaimed by critics,[50] with comparisons made to Your Arsenal[51] and Vauxhall and I[52]. A review from Pitchfork Media noted that with Years of Refusal, Morrissey "has rediscovered himself, finding new potency in his familiar arsenal. Morrissey's rejuvenation is most obvious in the renewed strength of his vocals" and called it his "most venomous, score-settling album, and in a perverse way that makes it his most engaging."[52] ."I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" and "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" were released as the record's singles.^ Something Is Squeezing My Skull (7", Single) .
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The song "Black Cloud" features the guitar playing of Jeff Beck.
In October 2009, on the second date of the UK tour to promote b-sides LP 'Swords', Morrissey collapsed with breathing difficulties upon finishing the opening song of his set, "This Charming Man," at The Oasis Centre, Swindon.[53] He was discharged from the hospital the following day.[54]

Influence

Morrissey is routinely referred to as an influential artist, both in his solo career and with the Smiths. The BBC has referred to him as "one of the most influential figures in the history of British pop",[55] and the NME named The Smiths the "most influential artist ever" in a 2002 poll, topping The Beatles.[56] Rolling Stone, naming him one of the greatest singers of all time in a recent poll, noted that his "rejection of convention" in his vocal style and lyrics is the reason "why he redefined the sound of British rock for the past quarter-century".[6] Morrissey's enduring influence has been ascribed to his wit, the "infinite capacity for interpretation" in his lyrics[5], and his appeal to the "constant navel gazing, reflection, solipsism" of generations of "disenfranchised youth," offering unusually intimate "companionship" to broad demographics.[2] Journalist Mark Simpson calls Morrissey "one of the greatest pop lyricists -- and probably the greatest-ever lyricist of desire -- that has ever moaned" and observes that "he is fully present in his songs as few other artists are, in a way that fans of most other performers...wouldn't tolerate for a moment.[57] Simpson also argues that "After Morrissey there could be no more pop stars. His was an impossible act to follow...[his] unrivalled knowledge of the pop canon, his unequaled imagination of what it might mean to be a pop star, and his breathtakingly perverse ambition to turn it into great art, could only exhaust the form forever." [58] In 2006, he was voted the second greatest living British icon in a poll held by the BBC's Culture Show.[59] The All Music Guide to Rock asserts that Morrissey's "lyrical preoccupations," particularly themes dealing with English identity, proved extremely influential on subsequent artists.[60] Journalist Phillip Collins also described him as a major influence on modern music and "the best British lyricist in living memory".[61]
.Cultural historian Julian Stringer notes that the Smiths and Morrissey were a product of and a reaction against Thatcherism, and that their rise to fame "can be seen as the only sustained response that white, English pop/rock music was able to make against the Conservative Government's appropriation of white, English national identity; and that being the case, it is not really surprising that the response is utterly riddled with contradiction".[62] Other scholars have responded favorably to Morrissey's work, including academic symposia at various universities including University of Limerick[63] and Manchester Metropolitan University.^ OH UrMagestyMsG! You need an education into music my dear - Morrissey was the lead singer of the biggest & best UK indie rock band ever The Smiths…….
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[64] Gavin Hopps, a research fellow and literary scholar at the University of St. Andrews, wrote a full-length academic study of Morrissey's work, calling him comparable to Oscar Wilde, John Betjeman, and Philip Larkin, and noting similarities between Morrissey and Samuel Beckett.[65] The British Food Journal featured an article in 2008 that applied Morrissey's lyrics to building positive business relationships.[66]
A Los Angeles Times critic wrote that Morrissey "patented the template for modern indie rock" and that many bands playing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival "would not be there -- or at least, would not sound the same -- were it not for him."[67] Similarly, the critic Steven Wells called Morrissey "the man who more or less invented indie" and an artist "who more than anybody else personifies" indie culture.[68] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic writes that the Smiths and Morrissey "inspired every band of note" in the Britpop era, including Suede, Blur, Oasis and Pulp.[69] Other major artists including Jeff Buckley[70] and Radiohead[6] have also been influenced by Morrissey. .Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, who recorded a 2005 EP of Morrissey covers titled Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey, acknowledged Morrissey's influence on his songwriting: "You could either bask in that glow of fatalistic narcissism, or you could think it was funny.^ If idiots like that know who he is and worship the ground he walks on, you need to either ejumucate yourself or stop commenting.
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^ And please, how can you know who is Morrissey???… and if you don't know, why you posted?… .
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I always thought that was an interesting dynamic in his songwriting, and I can only aspire to have that kind of dynamic in my songs."[71]

Image and politics

Music industry feuds

.Morrissey has criticised singers such as Madonna, Elton John, and George Michael, generally claiming that their lyrics are pointless and that they are more interested in being celebrities than in their music.^ UrMajestyMsG says – reply to this 23 Re: Uker – im sorry that americans generally have more taste in music than u obviously do….so eat shit and die bitch!
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He has also had disagreements with The Cure's Robert Smith, who stated that "If Morrissey says not to eat meat, then I'll eat meat; that's how much I hate Morrissey".[72] Lol Tolhurst, another founding member of The Cure, has claimed that he likes Morrissey's music; however, he also said that Smith was justified in his ire as their feud began when Morrissey allegedly made "a very uncalled for remark concerning Robert in the English press."[73] Morrissey also once openly wished that Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance author Johnny Rogan "ends his days very soon in an M3 pile-up". Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys co-wrote two songs inspired by Morrissey's public stereotyping as miserable and unlovable ("Getting Away with It" and "Miserablism").[74]
In 1994, Morrissey was criticised by Manic Street Preachers' bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire, in regards to comments that Morrissey had made about immigration and national identity in NME[citation needed]. Other targets of his disapproval have been Band Aid, rap, reggae (a criticism he later retracted, stating that he was being facetious and that he grew up partly on the classic singles released by the British reggae label Trojan in the early to mid-1970s[28]), rave and teenage pop stars.

Attitude towards political leaders

Morrissey has always been politically outspoken, and the figures he has criticised include Oliver Cromwell, the British Royal Family, former Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair and former U.S. President George W. Bush. He has criticised both the two main political parties of the United Kingdom, the Labour Party and the Conservative Party.
In a 1984 interview, Morrissey criticised the then Conservative Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, stating that "She is only one person. She can be destroyed. It is the only remedy for this country at the moment." .Morrissey's first solo album, Viva Hate, included a track entitled "Margaret on the Guillotine", a tongue-in-cheek jab at Thatcher, which referred to her being executed on a guillotine.^ Viva Hate (CD, Album) .
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British police responded by searching Morrissey's home and carrying out an official investigation, while Simon Reynolds, who had interviewed Morrissey for Melody Maker, was questioned about the tone in which Morrissey had made certain remarks about Thatcher. It has been said that many of the officers were embarrassed about the absurdity of the situation, some even asking for Morrissey's autograph.[75]
At a Dublin concert in June 2004, Morrissey caused controversy by announcing the death of former US President, Ronald Reagan and stating that he would have preferred it if the then current President, George W. Bush, had died.[76] In October 2004, Morrissey released a statement urging American voters to vote for Democratic Party candidate John Kerry for President, calling this vote a "logical and sane move" and a way to get rid of President Bush. Morrissey argued that "Bush has single-handedly turned the United States into the most neurotic and terror-obsessed country on the planet."[77]
In February 2006, Morrissey said he had been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and by British intelligence after having spoken out against the American and British governments. Morrissey said "the FBI and the Special Branch have investigated me and I've been interviewed and taped and so forth. They were trying to determine if I was a threat to the government, it didn't take them long to realise that I am not."[78] During a January 2008 concert Morrissey remarked "God Bless Barack Obama" and ranted against Hillary Clinton after a performance of "The World Is Full of Crashing Bores."[79]

Accusations of racism

Morrissey was accused of racism throughout part of the 1980s and much of the 1990s, in part due to the ambiguous lyrics in songs such as "Bengali in Platforms", "Asian Rut" and "The National Front Disco", the latter containing the lyric "England for the English". These criticisms also stemmed from Johnny Rogan's biography of the singer which claimed that, in his late teens, the singer wrote "I don't hate Pakistanis, but I dislike them immensely". In 2006 Liz Hoggard from The Independent argued that "Morrissey didn't help his case with an uneasy flirtation with gangster imagery: he took up boxing and was accompanied everywhere by a skinhead, named Jake." She claimed that the "man who abhorred violence became strangely fascinated by it."[80] .Encyclopaedia Britannica argues that Morrissey's 1990s albums, including Your Arsenal (1992), Vauxhall and I (1994), Southpaw Grammar (1995) and Maladjusted (1997) "testified to a growing homoerotic obsession with criminals, skinheads, and boxers, a change paralleled by a shift in the singer's image from wilting wallflower to would-be thug sporting sideburns and gold bracelets."^ Your Arsenal (Album) ◄ (9 versions) .
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[81]
A trigger for much of the criticism was Morrissey's performance at the first Madness Madstock! reunion concert at Finsbury Park, London, in 1992, in which he appeared on stage draped in the Union Flag, often associated with nationalism and hence, by some, with far right groups in Britain. As a backdrop for this performance, he chose a photograph of two female skinheads. The British music magazine NME responded to this performance with a lengthy examination of Morrissey's attitudes to race, claiming that the singer had "left himself in a position where accusations that he's toying with far-right/fascist imagery, and even of racism itself, can no longer just be laughed off with a knowing quip".[82]
In the early days of The Smiths, Morrissey stated that "all reggae is vile", leading to the first reports of his alleged racism. He later explained that this was a tongue-in-cheek answer to "wind up the right-on 1980s NME" and that he grew up partly on the classic singles released by the British reggae label Trojan in the early to mid-1970s.[28][83] The Smiths' "Panic", released in July 1986, fades out with the refrain "hang the DJ, hang the DJ, hang the DJ..." Rogan's biography reports that initial critical response to this content was interpreted as distaste for the increasing influence of rap and R&B over popular music at the time.
Morrissey has rejected claims he is racist, saying "If I am racist then the Pope is female. Which he isn't," and "If the National Front were to hate anyone, it would be me. I would be top of the list." He qualified that by saying that far-right rage "is simply their anger at being ignored in what is supposed to be a democratic society."[84] In the 2002 documentary, "The Importance of Being Morrissey", he posits the question, "Why on earth would I be racist? What would I be trying to achieve?" In the film, he also takes issue with those who fail to discern the subtlety of his supposedly racist lyrics, stating that "Not everybody is absolutely stupid."
In 1999, Morrissey commented on the rise of Austrian far-right politician Jörg Haider, stating "This is sad. Sometimes I don't believe we live in an intelligent world."[85] In 2004 he signed the explicitly anti-fascist Unite Against Fascism statement,[86] and in 2008 he made a personal donation of £75,000 to the organisers of the Love Music Hate Racism concert in Victoria Park, London, after the withdrawal of the NME's sponsorship left the event facing a financial shortfall.[87][88]
In 2007, NME printed an interview with Morrissey in which he was quoted as saying, "Britain's a terribly negative place. And it hammers people down and it pulls you back and it prevents you. Also, with the issue of immigration, it's very difficult because although I don't have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears." In the same article, he called racism "silly" and "beyond reason", and said he would be "pilloried" for his comments. Morrissey's lawyers are now pressing legal action against NME for defamation, with the magazine declining to print a retraction or apology.[89] Within days of issuing the writ against NME, Morrissey also released a detailed explanation of his side of the story via an online fanzine. The statement included a firmly worded rebuttal against the accusations of racism, a condemnation of racism itself and an exposition on his belief that NME's editor had deliberately staged and scandalised the outcome of the interview in an orchestrated attempt to boost the paper's "dwindling circulation".[90] In 2008, Word magazine was forced to apologise in court for an article by David Quantick that accused Morrissey of being a racist and a hypocrite.[91]

Animal rights activism

Morrissey has been vegetarian since he was 11 years old. He has explained his vegetarianism by saying "If you love animals, obviously it doesn't make sense to hurt them."[92] Morrissey is an advocate for animal rights and a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). .In recognition of his support, PETA honoured him with the Linda McCartney Memorial Award at their 25th Anniversary Gala on 10 September 2005.[93] Morrissey named one of his songs "Meat Is Murder", which shared its name with the album on which it was featured.^ Meat Is Murder (LP, Album, Pic) .
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It was the second studio album (and third overall album) of The Smiths.
In January 2006, Morrissey attracted criticism when he stated that he accepts the motives behind the militant tactics of the Animal Rights Militia, saying "I understand why fur-farmers and so-called laboratory scientists are repaid with violence — it is because they deal in violence themselves and it's the only language they understand."[94]
Morrissey has criticized people who are involved in the promotion of eating meat, specifically Jamie Oliver and Clarissa Dickson Wright — the latter already targeted by some animal rights activists for her stance on fox hunting. In response, Dickson-Wright stated “Morrissey is encouraging people to commit acts of violence and I am constantly aware that something might very well happen to me.” The Conservative MP David Davis criticised these comments, though his party leader David Cameron has claimed to be a Smiths fan.[95] .On 27 March 2006, Morrissey released a statement that he would not include any concert dates in Canada on his world tour that year — and that he supported a boycott of all Canadian goods — in protest against the country's annual seal hunt, which he described as a "barbaric and cruel slaughter".[96] The comedian Russell Brand, who is also a vegetarian, regularly stated on his BBC Radio 2 show that Morrissey was his hero and often played his music and read out emails Morrissey had sent him.^ Frank supported Keane on tour earlier this year, and he's opening for the Pet Shop Boys this summer (He also remixed their current single, "Love, etc."
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Sexuality

Morrissey's sexuality has been a matter of debate, and this has been fuelled by many conflicting statements from the singer, in none of which he has explicitly stated his sexual orientation. Encyclopaedia Britannica argues that he created a "compellingly conflicted persona (loudly proclaimed celibacy offset by coy hints of closeted homosexuality)" which has "made him a peculiar heartthrob".[97] "Morrissey has always taken great pains to maintain the ‘undecidable' nature of his sexuality." In 1983 he claimed to be "a kind of prophet for the fourth sex", on the grounds that he was "bored with men and ...bored with women." In 1984, he stated that he refused "to recognise the terms hetero-, bi-, and homo-sexual" because "everybody has exactly the same sexual needs."[98] A 1984 Smiths article in Rolling Stone stated that Morrissey "admits he's gay", but Morrissey replied that it was news to him and the article used the term "fourth-gender" in its title.[99]
The speculation was further fuelled by the references to gay subculture and slang in his lyrics. In 2006, Liz Hoggard from The Independent noted that "[o]nly 15 years after homosexuality had been decriminalised, his lyrics flirted with every kind of gay subculture"; for example, she claims that "This Charming Man" "is about age-gap, gay sex".[80] Reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine claims that lyrics to The Smiths single "Hand in Glove" contain very thinly "veiled references to homosexuality".[100]
Throughout much of his career, he maintained in interviews that he was asexual and celibate. Johnny Marr stated in a 1984 interview that "Morrissey doesn't participate in sex at the moment and hasn't done so for a while, he's had a lot of girlfriends in the past and quite a few men friends".[101] In 1986, Morrissey claimed that he was "dramatically, supernaturally, non-sexual." In a 1994 interview, he claimed that "sex is actually never in my life", and as such, he argued that "I have no sexuality." In 1995, he claimed "I'd like to have a sex life, if possible."[98] In a 1997 interview, he revealed he had been in a relationship with someone for two years but that it had ended and the person in question had just stopped loving him. He did not reveal the gender of his partner or whether it was a sexual relationship. However, he did admit to caring deeply and he stated that he had hoped that they had shared similar feelings.[102] In a 2006 NME interview, he stated that he was no longer celibate, but he did not give any additional details. A 2006 article in UK paper The Independent stated that the singer "...has even hinted at a late-blooming sex life."[80] Some have speculated that the lyrics to Morrissey's 2006 song "You Have Killed Me" even gives reference to a sexual encounter he had.[103]
Morrissey frequently tells interviewers who ask him about his sexuality that the question is irrelevant to his music, or he gives an evasive or ambiguous response. While the debate over Morrissey's sexuality has become widespread on fan websites, including attempts to analyse the meaning of his ambiguous song lyrics, their attempts are often stymied, because, as The Times critic Tom Gatti puts it, "Morrissey's music [i.e., his lyrics] offers infinite capacity for interpretation" because "they are too flexible, too rich, too textured.”[5]

Solo discography

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Maconie, Stuart. "Hello, Cruel World". Q (April 1994). http://www.rocksbackpages.com/article.html?ArticleID=14307&SearchText=morrissey+hello+cruel+world. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Anderman, Joan. "This charming man". The Boston Globe. 3 October 2004. Retrieved on 23 August 2009.
  3. ^ Sturges, Fiona. "This Charming Man: Making It As Morrissey". The Independent. 18 February 2007. Retrieved on 23 August 2009.
  4. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent. "You Are the Quarry album review". Pitchfork Media. 19 May 2004. Retrieved on 23 August 2009.
  5. ^ a b c Gatti, Tom. "Morrissey: the musical". The Times. 25 June 2005. Retrieved on 23 August 2009.
  6. ^ a b c d "The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time — 92: Morrissey". Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 23 August 2009.
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  8. ^ Simpson, Dave (1998). ""Manchester's Answer To The H-Bomb"". "Uncut" magazine. http://www.morrissey-solo.com/articles/uncut0898b.htm. Retrieved 11 November 2006. 
  9. ^ Holden, Stephen. "The Pop Life: Out of the Mainstream". The New York Times. 17 July 1991. Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  10. ^ 4 of the letters
  11. ^ first gig — T. Rex (Q January 1995)
  12. ^ T. Rex date
  13. ^ purple satin jacket
  14. ^ New York Doll (2006): Arthur Kane, David Johansen, Barbara Kane, Morrissey — PopMatters Film Review
  15. ^ LOTC — Legion Of The Cramped
  16. ^ a b Rogan, Johnny (1993). Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-3000-7. 
  17. ^ MOJO Classic Magazine, Volume 1 Issue 13, Page 22
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  19. ^ a b Kelly, Danny. "Exile on Mainstream". NME. 14 February 1987.
  20. ^ Harris, John. "The Smiths — Trouble At Mill/The Queen Is Dead and beyond: part 3". Johnharris.me.uk. http://www.johnharris.me.uk/arch/interview/Smiths/Smiths_pt3.htm. Retrieved 22 April 2007. 
  21. ^ "Artist Chart History — The Smiths: Albums". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.chartFormatGroupName=Albums&model.vnuArtistId=5703&model.vnuAlbumId=15763. Retrieved 13 August 2008. 
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  27. ^ "Joyce vs. Morrissey and Others" (http). England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions. 1998. http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/1998/1711.html. Retrieved 16 February 2007. 
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  31. ^ Morrissey in talks for Eurovision
  32. ^ No Morrissey entry for Eurovision, BBC News, 23 February 2007
  33. ^ No eurovision for Morrissey
  34. ^ Morrissey plans new album in 2008
  35. ^ BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Morrissey switches record labels
  36. ^ Morrissey hates having signed to a new label
  37. ^ Mark Beaumont, Reviews: Morrissey, Greatest Hits, NME, 7 February 2008
  38. ^ Show Biz Spy, Morrissey Parts with Manager 29 May 2008
  39. ^ Julianna Korenteng, "Morrissey Splits With Managament", Billboard.biz, 1 September 2008
  40. ^ True-To-You, "Morrissey now managed by Irving Azoff; Southpaw Grammar: Album re-issue release date and other information", 1 October 2008
  41. ^ New album information
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  47. ^ "Morrissey to retire at 55". idiomag. 17 February 2009. http://www.idiomag.com/peek/65202/morrissey. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
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  49. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2009-02-25). "'Slumdog' Barks While Taylor Swift Nets 10th Week At No. 1". Billboard. http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/charts/chart_alert/e3i03e9df1ef7d2112bf801391a4a8ba398. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
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  51. ^ Keith Phillips, AV Club, Morrissey: Years of Refusal, 17 February 2009
  52. ^ a b Tom Ewing, Pitchfork: Years of Refusal, 3 February 2009
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  54. ^ Morrissey out of hospital after collapsing on stage in Swindon Guardian.com
  55. ^ "The 'Pope of Mope' turns 50". BBC News. 22 May 2009. Retrieved on 23 August 2009.
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  57. ^ Simpson, Mark. Saint Morrissey. Touchstone. 2003. p. 5.
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  77. ^ understandish: OMG!!!!!
  78. ^ Interviewed by the FBI
  79. ^ Heaven knows he's flexible now by Kitty Empire The Guardian Unlimited 27 January 2008
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  88. ^ BBC — Newsbeat — Music — 90,000 fans Love Music Hate Racism
  89. ^ BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Morrissey to sue NME over story
  90. ^ Morrissey condemns racism | True To You
  91. ^ BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Magazine says sorry to Morrissey
  92. ^ "Cut class, not frogs" — Salon.com
  93. ^ PETA25.com > PETA 25th Anniversary Gala > Send Morrissey a Personal ?Congrats!?
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  102. ^ Interview — Suzie Mackenzie, The Guardian, 2/8/97
  103. ^ You Have Killed Me review

Further reading and Morrissey bibliography

  • Bret, David, Morrissey: Scandal and Passion, Anova, 2007.
  • Brown, Len, Meetings with Morrissey, Omnibus, 2008.
  • Goddard, Simon, Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths, Ebury Press, 2009.
  • Goddard, Simon, The Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life, Reynolds & Hearn, 2006.
  • Hingley, Martin; Leek, Sheena; Lindgreen, Adam, "Business relationships the Morrissey way", British Food Journal, Vol. 110, No. .1, pp. 128–143, 2008.
  • Hopps, Gavin, Morrissey: The Pageant of His Bleeding Heart, Continuum, 2009.
  • Morrissey, Steven Patrick, James Dean is Not Dead, Babylon Books, 1983.
  • Morrissey, Steven Patrick, Exit Smiling, Babylon Books, 1998 (reprint).
  • Morrissey, Steven Patrick, The New York Dolls, Babylon Books, 1981.
  • Rogan, Johnny, Morrissey, self-published, 2007.
  • Rogan, Johnny, Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance, Omnibus, 1993.
  • Simpson, Mark, Saint Morrissey, SAF UK 2003; Touchstone US, 2006.
  • Sterling, Linda, "We Are Your Thoughts", Linda Works: 1976-2006, JRP Editions, 2006.
  • Stringer, Julian, "The Smiths: repressed (but remarkably dressed)", JSTOR, Popular Music, Vol.^ Morrissey Login Register Latest Galleries Most Viewed Galleries Musicpix Home Popular News Musicpix.net Photo Gallery Morrissey .
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    11, No. 1, pp. 15–26, January 1992.
  • Sørensen, Jesper, Alle dage er som søndag, Rosenkilde, 2009.
  • Turner, Jeff; Bushell, Gary; Morrissey, Steven Patrick (introduction), Cockney Reject, John Black Publishing, 2005.
  • Visconti, Tony; Morrissey, Steven Patrick (introduction), The Autobiography, Harper Collins Entertainment, 2007.
  • Willians, John; Thomas, Caron; Morrissey, Steven Patrick (introduction), Marc Bolan: Wilderness of the Mind, Xanadu, 1992.
  • Woods, Paul A., ed., Morrissey in Conversation: The Essential Interviews, Plexus, 2007.
  • Woronzoff, Elizabeth, "'Because the Music That They Constantly Play, It Says Nothing to Me About My Life:' An Analysis of Youth's Appropriation of Morrissey's Sexuality, Gender, and Identity", monograph, Simmons College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies, February 2009.

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From Wikiquote

.Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 1959-05-22), known usually by his family name alone, is an English singer and songwriter, and was formerly frontman of The Smiths.^ Morrissey was born in Manchester, England on 22/05/59.
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^ Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known primarily as Morrissey , is a British singer and songwriter.
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^ Steven Patrick Morrissey is an alluring individual.
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Contents

Sourced

from Songs

."Spending warm summer days indoors, Writing frightening verse to a buck-toothed girl from Luxembourg!^ Unpretentious, and understated, Breezy Picnic Grounds is a wonderful place to spend a summer day with your family.
  • Mo Morrissey's Contributor Profile - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.associatedcontent.com [Source type: General]

Ask me, Ask me, Ask me!" - From "ask" by the smiths
  • And if a double-decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die.
    And if a ten ton truck kills the both of us, to die by your side,
    the pleasure, the privilege is mine. .
    • from the 1986 song "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out"
  • So when you say it's gonna happen now.^ Gordon says there, you know...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Obviously you see the critical scene there, that this child turns out to be severely brain-damaged.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But will you now please welcome the director of the film who's going to say a few words about it, David Morrissey [applause].
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]


    Well when exactly do you mean?
    See I've already waited too long.
    And all my hope is gone! .
    • from the 1984 song "How Soon Is Now?"
  • I've been dreaming of a time when
    The English are sick to death of Labour and Tories
    And spit upon the name Oliver Cromwell and denounce this royal line that still salutes him
    And will salute him forever.^ I worked with him three times I really have no idea how he does it.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The Smiths "How Soon Is Now?"
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    ^ Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now(1984) William, It Was Really Nothing(1984) How Soon Is Now?
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    .
    • from the 2004 song "Irish Blood, English Heart"
  • Why pamper life's complexity when the leather runs smooth on the passenger's seat?^ Irish Blood, English Heart (CD, Single, Promo) .
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    ^ Irish Blood, English Heart (CD, Maxi, Promo) .
    • Morrissey Discography at Discogs 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Irish Blood, English Heart (7", Bla) .
    • Morrissey Discography at Discogs 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • from the 1984 song "This Charming Man"
  • In my life
    Why do I smile
    At people who I'd much rather kick in the eye ?^ Why does this sleight from this man mean so much to him?'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • from the 1984 song "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"
  • I decree today that life is simply taking and not giving,
    England is mine and it owes me a living
    • from the song "Still Ill"
  • You shut your mouth,
    How can you say I go about things the wrong way?^ Gordon says there, you know...
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    ^ Morrissey's work, both solo and with the Smiths, has been well regarded within England's artistic community and within the artistic establishment of England, even though he now lives in Los Angeles.
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    ^ That's why I thought that this spoke to all of us really because although, ostensibly, in some ways it's a story about a crisis of masculinity, it's bigger than that, it's about citizenship, you know, but you have to find a way of...
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    .I am human and I need to be loved
    Just like everybody else does
    • from the song "How Soon Is Now?"
  • There's a club if you'd like to go, you could meet somebody who really loves you,
    so you go and you stand on your own,
    and you leave on your own,
    and you go home and you cry and you want to die
    • from the song "How Soon Is Now?"
  • Hand in glove, the good people laugh, yes we may be hidden by rags,
    But we've something they'll never have
    • from the song "Hand In Glove"
  • There's more to life than books you know, but not much more
    • from the song "Handsome Devil"
  • Oh, the alcoholic afternoons when we sat in your room
    • From the song "These Things Take Time"
  • I'm here with the cause, I'm holding the torch
    In the corner of your room- can you hear me?^ Just set up an account and you're good to go.
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    ^ If people want to know something about a subject, they can just find it themselves.
    • Douglas Coupland meets Morrissey | Music | The Observer 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

    ^ Morrissey Quick Facts Introducing Morrissey There's more to life than books you know......
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    .And when you're dancing and laughing, and finally living,
    Hear my voice in your head and think of me kindly.
    ^ And all your male, sort of, genes kick in, you think, 'oh I'll just be sturdy and I'll be fine.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And you know, you weren't looking at people and going 'oh they don't live in my world, I don't believe that they live in my world.'
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    ^ It's also not how I work as an actor, I think I'm quite tunnel-visioned when, you know, once the camera starts rolling, you're in it, and I don't know how you would direct...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • From the song "Rubber Ring"
  • Most people keep their brains between their legs
    • From the song "Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference"
  • But sometimes I'd feel more fulfilled making Christmas cards with the mentally ill.^ TM : Yeah, and it's about, like you said, whether there is such a thing as a social contact any more between us.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I mean, one of the things, when you go to the House, that amazes you, is people on either bench, just trying to make a political speech, and on the other...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I don't really care what people think -- it makes no difference to me.
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    I want to live and I want to love.
    I want to catch something that I might be ashamed of.
    • From the song "Frankly Mr. Shankly"
  • And when I'm lying in my bed, I think about life and I think about death.
    And neither one particularly appeals to me.
    • From the song "Nowhere Fast"
  • Does the body rule the mind or does the mind rule the body?
    I dunno... .
    • From the song "Still Ill"
  • Now I know how Joan of Arc felt,
    As the flames rose to her Roman nose
    And her Walkman started to melt...^ It's also not how I work as an actor, I think I'm quite tunnel-visioned when, you know, once the camera starts rolling, you're in it, and I don't know how you would direct...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Still Ill / You've Got Everything Now (7", Promo) .
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    ^ Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now(1984) William, It Was Really Nothing(1984) How Soon Is Now?
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    .
    • From the song "Bigmouth Strikes Again"
  • As Anthony said to Cleopatra as he opened a crate of ale:
    "Oh, I say, some girls are bigger than others,
    Some girls' mothers are bigger than other girls' mothers.^ Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (Maxi, Single) ◄ (2 versions) .
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    ^ Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (7", Single) .
    • Morrissey Discography at Discogs 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    • From the song "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others"
  • There is no such thing in life as normal
    • From the song "The Youngest Was the Most Loved"
  • So I broke into the palace, with a sponge and a rusty spanner
    She said "eh, I know you and you cannot sing"
    I said "that's nothing you should hear me play piano"
    • From the song "The Queen Is Dead (Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty)"
  • And you're standing on our streets
    where Hector was the first of the gang
    with a gun in his hand
    and the first to do time
    The first of the gang to die / oh my
    • From the 2002 song "First of the gang to die"

In Interviews etc.

About interviews

  • I say a lot of things I don’t mean. .
    • interview by Andrew Harrison, Word Magazine (June 2003)
  • I think the main thing is that I very rarely recognise the actual interview in print.^ DM : That's the one thing I could never do, I think it's very...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    To me, it's like being painted by an artist. .And then you see the picture, and they've painted someone else.^ And if you, as I've had the pleasure of doing on a number of occasions, say David Morrissey, they always say 'oh, David Morrissey, oh he's absolutely wonderful.'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    • From Oor magazine (Feb. 1987)

About himself & his work

  • I don't perform. Seals perform. .
    • From an interview with Russell Brand in December 2006, also quoted in the March 2007 issue of Uncut.
  • Well, I think when I was a child, more than anything else I wanted not to be ordinary.^ I want my son as well, I want my child as well,' but nothing within the environment is geared for you to come into that.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    And I wanted to be considered to be a bit peculiar. When I was at school I wanted to be peculiar and I was delighted when I was at secondary school and I was actually thought to be peculiar (laughs). .It was fantastically good for me because I looked around me and I thought, 'Well, however you are I don't want to be like you, so if you think I'm unbalanced then I'm delighted.'^ For the actor it's so wonderful because you want to just sit down and see how it comes together and then you look at the director who's pulling his hair out in the corner, he's like 'I don't know how this is going to go together,' but it's just fantastic that so many people that, you know, the BBC, have both those projects have put in so much time and effort for, you know, that's really brave television, both that and Holding On in order to tell that many stories over that time.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And you know, you weren't looking at people and going 'oh they don't live in my world, I don't believe that they live in my world.'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Why did you decide that you wanted to be a director as well as an actor?
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    That really stayed with me. .
    • From "Morrissey speaks to NME", interview by Alex Needham, NME (April 17 2004).
  • I normally live in Los Angeles, if you can call it normal living.^ Morrissey and the NME ended their feud in 2004.
    • Morrissey - Profile - AbsolutePunk.net 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.absolutepunk.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In 2004, Morrissey spoke of Bowie in "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" (his first UK television interview in 17 years) calling him "David Showie" and claiming that the veteran artist was simply a 'business'.
    • Morrissey - Profile - AbsolutePunk.net 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.absolutepunk.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Morrissey's work, both solo and with the Smiths, has been well regarded within England's artistic community and within the artistic establishment of England, even though he now lives in Los Angeles.
    • Morrissey - Profile - AbsolutePunk.net 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.absolutepunk.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
    • From the TV documentary The Importance of Being Morrissey (2003); also quoted in "Return of the lone stranger" by Mark Simpson in Guardian Unlimited (31th May 2003)
  • That's why I do this music business thing, it's communication with people without having the extreme inconvenience of actually phoning anybody up.^ 'That's why I do this music business thing, it's communication with people without having the extreme inconvenience of actually phoning anybody up.'
    • The Morrissey Directory 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ When asked to 'set the record straight' on this issue in the 2003 English Channel 4 Documentary "The Importance of Being Morrissey" he simply stated, "I don't see any 'crooked record'.
    • Morrissey - Profile - AbsolutePunk.net 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.absolutepunk.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Documentary Saint Morrissey Biography by Mark Simpson Lyrics Freak Morrissey Lyrics The United States Of Morrissey American Fan Blog Akiraware Downloads etc The Illustrated Smiths Draw a picture inspired by your favourite Smiths song.
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    .
    • From the TV documentary The Importance of Being Morrissey (2003)
  • Not everybody is absolutely stupid.^ When asked to 'set the record straight' on this issue in the 2003 English Channel 4 Documentary "The Importance of Being Morrissey" he simply stated, "I don't see any 'crooked record'.
    • Morrissey - Profile - AbsolutePunk.net 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.absolutepunk.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Why on earth would I be racist, what would I be trying to achieve? .
    • From the TV documentary The Importance of Being Morrissey (2003)
  • JU: Are you thin still?^ When asked to 'set the record straight' on this issue in the 2003 English Channel 4 Documentary "The Importance of Being Morrissey" he simply stated, "I don't see any 'crooked record'.
    • Morrissey - Profile - AbsolutePunk.net 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.absolutepunk.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Morrissey on the cover of his 2004 album You Are The Quarry.In June, 2003 Sanctuary Records group announced a deal with Morrissey.
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    M: Um, in a crowd, yes. In a crowd of very heavy people. .
    • From "LA Confidential", interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Mojo (April 2001)
  • Lots of people make the stage and it can seem very violent and over the top, but it's not really.^ Preachers Top Ten Beauty for Women AC Content for 2006 The new year is approaching a lot of us wants to make some changes.
    • Morrissey - Associated Content - Topic - associatedcontent.com 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.associatedcontent.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I don't really care what people think -- it makes no difference to me.
    • Morrissey - Profile - AbsolutePunk.net 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.absolutepunk.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Giants are distinguished by their exceptional skill for making top-notch lenses, and lots of them.
    • The Morrissey Directory 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    It's always a kind of gentle ballet.
    • From "LA Confidential", interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Mojo (April 2001)
  • I never enjoyed life in my twenties, not one minute of it. It was a test of endurance that I'm surprised I survived. Professionally, of course, I was doing very well but personally it couldn't have been worse or more difficult for me if I'd been living in a mud hut in Leeds. .
    • from an interview with Q magazine (1995)
  • I was quite advanced when I was at school, and when I left school it seemed that all these really oafish clods from school were making tremendous progress and had wonderfully large cars and lots of money, and I seemed to be constantly waiting for a bus that never came.^ DM : Well I come from Liverpool and, again it was school really, I was encouraged by a teacher at school, and my education was not great in the fact that it was quite a tough school to grow up in.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • from "Oxford Road Show", BBC2 (March 1985)
  • DK: How often does the seriousness end and the irony begin in your work?^ I worked with him three times I really have no idea how he does it.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I was able to say 'I'm not sure whether this bit works and that bit works,' but in the end you just play, you just have to play and get on with your own job.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]


    M: Many times. I have a grand and endless capacity to find myself slightly ridiculous. I'm not pretending to be some wallowing prophet, for heaven's sake. I think we all have to sit down and look in the mirror and think, What is that absurd monstrosity? .
    • from "Homme alone 2" by David Keeps, Details (December 1992)
  • I know I've reached the stage where other artists would bleach their hair or buy a fancy costume, but, inexcusably, I can only be me, which is a full-time occupation and causes terrible backaches.^ DM : Sometimes that was great, and then other times you went 'my character would never live here, what the fuck's going on?'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You know, it's the man who would be king and his protégé taking over, I mean that's how we thought, but also the other thing about it was...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • From "I’ll astonish you", interview by Len Brown, Details (March 1991).
  • M: If you cannot impress people simply by being part of the great fat human race, then you really do have to develop other skills.^ It's the great gift of the actor, I think, to be able to play complexity of emotion but somehow to allow you to see those complexities very simply and very availably.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But he is an extraordinary actor and, of course, he's now, rather infuriatingly decided to develop his talents in other areas as well, the fruits of which you also saw tonight.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I mean, one of the things, when you go to the House, that amazes you, is people on either bench, just trying to make a political speech, and on the other...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .And if you don't impress people by the way you look, then you really do have to develop other skills.^ I don't really care what people think -- it makes no difference to me.
    • Morrissey - Profile - AbsolutePunk.net 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.absolutepunk.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .And if you are now going to ask is everything I did just a way to gain some form of attention, well that's not entirely true.^ Just set up an account and you're good to go.
    • The Morrissey Directory 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ But will you now please welcome the director of the film who's going to say a few words about it, David Morrissey [applause].
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I can remember being at school on a Monday and being asked, 'Did you go to church yesterday?'
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    .It is in a small way, but that's in the very nature of being alive.^ It's incredibly impressive, in the piece, the way Jimmy's character was constantly being confronted with the very fear that he couldn't articulate to himself.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]


    PM: Wanting to be loved?
    M: To be seen, above all else. .I wanted to be noticed, and the way I lived and do live has a desperate neurosis about it because of that.^ I'm going to kind of hand this over to the two of you because the first thing I want to ask you about, each of you in turn, is just the process, well, start off with Tony, because...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    All humans need a degree of attention. .Some people get it at the right time, when they are 13 or 14, people get loved at the right stages.^ And there's a sort of unmistakeable sense that people feel they're in some kind of a club, with inside knowledge, and that club, of course, is now rather large ...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .If this doesn't happen, if the love isn't there, you can quite easily just fade away.^ I really am so happy on a film set, I love being on a film set, it's the happiest I am, really, apart from my family life, I just love the process of being there.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I don't want to hear that, my husband doesn't do those things, you get in there now and you tell them...'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ She really just inspired you to get up there and we did The Wizard of Oz and I played the scarecrow...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ... In a sense I always felt that being troubled as a teenager was par for the course. I wasn't sure that I was dramatically unique. .I knew other people who were at the time desperate and suicidal.^ And there's other people who go 'just get me through today...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .They despised life and detested all other living people.^ And you know, you weren't looking at people and going 'oh they don't live in my world, I don't believe that they live in my world.'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .In a way that made me feel a little bit secure.^ TM : It's not enough to do your duty, do your bit in a purely civic, sort of legal way, for him, which he could have done and then walked out but I think that it was his little idea that, ironically he was...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .Because I thought, well, maybe I'm not so intense after all.^ Kate, although she's angry in this scene, later on she says to me, you know 'we have to let him go,' and the father says 'well that's all right for you because you've had him, I've never had him.'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    Of course, I was. .I despised practically everything about human life, which does limit one's weekend activities
    • From "Wilde child", interview by Paul Morley, Blitz (April 1988).
  • PM: What annoys you most about yourself?^ Obviously you think about the work and everything, but...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And I suspect there is a human being in the picture, but as I said, that's just speculation, and should this theoretically possible person exist, thank you for snapping Morrissey out of an old life and into a new one.
    • Douglas Coupland meets Morrissey | Music | The Observer 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

    ^ It's a similar situation here where really the part that Kate Ashfield plays is the focus of the film, but the scene you're about to see is a critical one, so if we could just take a look at that, this is This Little Life .
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]


    M: Practically everything. I miss not being able to stand up straight. I tend to slide into rooms and sit on the chair behind the door.
    • From "Wilde child", interview by Paul Morley, Blitz (April 1988).
  • I think I'm a realist. Which people who don't like me consider to be pessimism. It isn't pessimism at all. If I was a pessimist I wouldn't get up, I wouldn't shave, I wouldn't watch Batman at 7:30 a.m. Pessimists just don't do that sort of thing. .
    • from "Stop me if you've heard this one before", interview by Len Brown in NME (20th February 1988)
  • I once bought a Manchester United hat, which I think was 12 shillings, and somebody ran up behind me and pulled it off and just ran ahead.^ JM : I've got a little bug in my ear here which is telling me to ask you whether you had any idea when you were working on it that that would become one of those...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Esther taking it, or somebody else who cuts my head off or whatever, and the one great photograph that we have of all four of us is the kids looking fantastic, Esther looking fantastic, and me in a completely Nazi uniform [laughter] just standing there.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ JM : I think that's something you convey with incredible deftness, I mean you've just seen the scene, and you can see very clearly this is a man who is desperate to be accepted.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    I thought, 'It's a very cruel world, I'm not prepared for this'. And I decided to get my revenge on society. .
    • from "Stop me if you've heard this one before", interview by Len Brown in NME (20th February 1988)
  • When The Smiths began it was very important that I wouldn't be that horrible, stupid, sloppy Steven.^ JM : I've got a little bug in my ear here which is telling me to ask you whether you had any idea when you were working on it that that would become one of those...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Although I've got very mixed feelings about drama-docs, the genre anyway, you know, you have to acknowledge that that is one area where you can use, you know, actors who aren't household names or household faces.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I'm going to say very little now because I'm about to introduce you to one of those people.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    He would have to be locked in a box and put on top of the wardrobe. l needed to feel differently and rather than adopt some glamorous pop star name, I eradicated Steven which seemed to make perfect sense. Suddenly I was a totally different person. .Now when I meet pre-Smith people who call me Steven, I sit there and wonder who they're talking about.^ And obviously what was really great about the collaborative process, like when we were sitting down talking about the script, was just that sense of a shorthand that came straight away.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But suddenly the youth theatre got a real reputation of doing good work, and work that was relevant, and then the riots happened, and we did this big play called Fighting Chance at the youth theatre, which was all about the Liverpool riots, and suddenly you felt that you were going out and you were meeting people and they were telling you stories and then we went back ...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I saw it recently, I got sent it recently, and I was really amazed by how it stands up really, and people now, you now, John Simm, for example, who I worked with in State of Play [d.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .I always despised the name Steven, though being spelt with a 'v' rather than a 'ph' made life slightly more tolerable.^ Morrissey Quick Facts Introducing Morrissey There's more to life than books you know......
    • The Morrissey Directory 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ More Jan 6, 11:45am louder than bombs What's my life for?
    • Morrissey > Elbows Music Blog Aggregator 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC elbo.ws [Source type: General]

    ^ There's more to life than books you know......
    • The Morrissey Directory 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    But it was very important that Steven be drowned nonetheless.
    • from an interview by Elissa Van Poznak in The Face (1984)
  • I think if I'd led an acceptably frivolous teenage life I wouldn't be singing in this group. .I'm sure if you have a great time and get everything you want, all the friends you want, then you tend not to be so ambitious.^ All the Best, Mark Nehs Reply JoeTedesco JoeTedesco Jan 13, 2008 @ 9:04 pm Wow, you sure know a lot about this guy.
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    ^ I want to do comedy, or I want to do that' and actually a script comes and you just can't turn it down, and you think 'actually I want to do this , this is great, this is speaking to me now.'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And, you know, you're always on Select Committees, you're reading all the time...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .If you're deprived of certain things it makes you very resilient and you kick very hard for what you want.^ Writers are very good at making the small things that happen to them the most important things in the world, and then call it art, but I think that it was really just that bare idea, knowing that it was a very good idea because it was an everyman situation, and obviously what you're always trying to do with work is try to make the specific universal.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I imagine these days obviously you're sent a script and asked whether want to do them, but if...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I never wanted to make it a piece that alienated you more than what was happening in the story, so that, you know, you felt that these people were people you would know, you would like and they're in a dilemma that you felt could happen to you.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    And I wanted something very special because I'd led such an unspecial life previous to the Smiths.
    • From "Keep young and beautiful", interview by Bill Black, Sounds (November 19, 1983).

About The Smiths

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  • GQ: “Who’ll be the first of the Smiths to die?”
    M: “Me.^ And, of course, like with anything like this a writer will write it and the first person who'll go all over it is the lawyer, and so a lot...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    I’ll be shot – probably by one of the ex-Smiths.”
  • GQ: “Were you in love with Johnny Marr?”
    M: “Sexually? Absolutely not. There was a love and it was mutual and equal but it wasn’t physical or sexual. .There are lots of people post-Smiths who would like to make some dramatic homosexual story.^ I play have a monkey on their back; they have this thing that they can't function in the world as well as they would like to, because of something they're trying to fulfil in the story, they have a fantasy of themselves.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I never wanted to make it a piece that alienated you more than what was happening in the story, so that, you know, you felt that these people were people you would know, you would like and they're in a dilemma that you felt could happen to you.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And, of course, like with anything like this a writer will write it and the first person who'll go all over it is the lawyer, and so a lot...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    There never was one. It’s often said that Johnny rescued me but he was also bobbing about in his own lifeboat.”

About pop culture

  • Music that is in the charts today is quite dreadful. I find it a great honour that I have never been considered for awards, such as NME etc. It is a personal victory. All awards shows should be banned! .
    • Speaking on Radio 2 in 2009
  • (About Pop Idols) Obviously, it's designed by record company executives who want a cheap success, and they don't want to give money to anybody and they don't want to give contracts, so they've created this world of very bubbly teenagers who want to be "idols" and they think all they have to do is mime quite well and they've made it.^ DM : Well it gave me an introduction into a different world, you know, obviously at the time drama school was not based around film or TV at all, it's very much around theatre, and your craft.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They always pretend to be interested in the story but actually the only thing they really want to know is who's in it.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I play have a monkey on their back; they have this thing that they can't function in the world as well as they would like to, because of something they're trying to fulfil in the story, they have a fantasy of themselves.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ... .But it's not the problem of the kids, it's the problem of the record companies, because it's just an inexpensive way for them to have so-called, I won't say "artists", but erm...You're nodding, you know what I mean.^ DM : Actually I don't think there's a sense that Jimmy is, in any way thankful of that, I mean he does say thanks, but he does say to the guy, 'I just want to get this clear before you leave my house, I did hurt that guy, you know,' and the guy says 'yes, it's fine, don't worry about it,' and then his wife comes up and he says, 'it's just the rules of the club actually.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Do you know what I mean?
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Writers are very good at making the small things that happen to them the most important things in the world, and then call it art, but I think that it was really just that bare idea, knowing that it was a very good idea because it was an everyman situation, and obviously what you're always trying to do with work is try to make the specific universal.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • From a radio interview with Janice Long (2002)
  • Well, the problem I've had with all the interviews I've had in America - I had meetings with about nine labels - and they all say to me "Will your new songs fit in with what is popular and what is in the chart?"^ Morrissey had this to say about the state of popular music : As we all now know, the world of [...
    • Morrissey > Elbows Music Blog Aggregator 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC elbo.ws [Source type: General]

    ^ Kate, although she's angry in this scene, later on she says to me, you know 'we have to let him go,' and the father says 'well that's all right for you because you've had him, I've never had him.'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I mean, to some extent all parts are like this, about the history that we don't know and don't understand, but the characters you've played who have some secret that they're withholding from us, it's a kind of recurring pattern in your work.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    And I say "Good God, I hope not!"
    • From a radio interview with Janice Long (2002)

About life & death

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  • Well, I think the way you feel as a teenager stays with you, forever.^ I mean, I don't think any of us feel that way when we're working on something, that it's going to have that, you know...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ JM : Well there's a certain classicism to the storytelling as well, which actually you don't want to get in the way of by putting a kind of overlay, a kind of stylistic overlay, which keeps you away from what's happening.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    I really believe that. And we try to change and we hope that we change, but we don't really in big ways, in serious ways. I think the personality is formed at that time, for the good and for the bad. ... .We all want to grow up and move on and appear to be different to people.^ That's How People Grow Up (7", Single) .
    • Morrissey Discography at Discogs 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    ^ That's How People Grow Up (CD, Promo) .
    • Morrissey Discography at Discogs 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    ^ That's How People Grow Up (Single) ◄ (4 versions) .
    • Morrissey Discography at Discogs 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    .And we want people to see us in a different way.^ Spinner brings you the list of the bands we really, really, really want to see visiting a town near us in 2010.
    • Morrissey > Elbows Music Blog Aggregator 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC elbo.ws [Source type: General]

    .But, I don't know, I think the personality is very, very strongly cemented, and we just bear whatever shortcomings we have and learn to live with it.^ And you know, you weren't looking at people and going 'oh they don't live in my world, I don't believe that they live in my world.'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It's also not how I work as an actor, I think I'm quite tunnel-visioned when, you know, once the camera starts rolling, you're in it, and I don't know how you would direct...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Don't just make him bad or, you know, evil.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    • From a radio interview by Jed the fish (1997)
  • MS: Have you ever turned to religion?
    M: At no time. I am a seriously lapsed Catholic. .It was at the usual time, 10, 11, 12, after being forced to go to church and never understanding why and never enjoying it, seeing so many negative things, and realising it somehow wasn't for me.^ DM : Sometimes that was great, and then other times you went 'my character would never live here, what the fuck's going on?'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    I can only have faith in things I see. I could never be converted to Buddhism.
    • From The soft touch", interview by Mat Snow, Q (December 1989)
  • I'm bereft of spiritual solutions. I do believe that there has to be a better world, but that's rather simple. I'm quite obsessed with death. .I've gone through periods of intense envy for people who've died.^ And there's other people who go 'just get me through today...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    Yes, I have a dramatic unswayable unavoidable obsession with death. .I can remember being obsessed with it from the age of eight and I often wondered whether it was quite a natural inbuilt emotion for people who're destined to take their own lives, that they recognise it and begin to study it.^ And you know, you weren't looking at people and going 'oh they don't live in my world, I don't believe that they live in my world.'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But I think that if you're honest, you like to work with people that you admire and respect, but it also helps if they're your mate, to be honest, I think [laughter] .
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And there's a sort of unmistakeable sense that people feel they're in some kind of a club, with inside knowledge, and that club, of course, is now rather large ...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .If there was a magical beautiful pill that one could take that would retire you from this world, I think I would take it and I suppose that's the extremity of the obsessiveness.^ JM : I've got a little bug in my ear here which is telling me to ask you whether you had any idea when you were working on it that that would become one of those...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It's also not how I work as an actor, I think I'm quite tunnel-visioned when, you know, once the camera starts rolling, you're in it, and I don't know how you would direct...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ DM : Yeah, I mean I think, you know, when you read a script there's always the incidents whether it's, you know, with Our Mutual Friend with Bradley Headstone ...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • from "Stop me if you've heard this one before", interview by Len Brown in NME (20th February 1988)
  • I could never really make the connection between Christian and Catholic.^ JM : I've got a little bug in my ear here which is telling me to ask you whether you had any idea when you were working on it that that would become one of those...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And I had no idea about films and how they were made in that way, and that was a real shock to me, that you never told the story in a linear way.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I never wanted to make it a piece that alienated you more than what was happening in the story, so that, you know, you felt that these people were people you would know, you would like and they're in a dilemma that you felt could happen to you.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    I always imagined that Christ would look down upon the Catholic church and totally disassociate himself from it. I went to severe schools, working class schools, where they would almost chop your fingers off for your own good, and if you missed church on Sunday and went to school on a Monday and they quizzed you on it, you'd be sent to the gallows. .It was like 'Brush you teeth NOW or you will DIE IN HELL and you will ROT and all these SNAKES will EAT you'. And I remember all these religious figures, statues, which used to petrify every living child.^ If you want, you can download Internet Explorer 8 now to take advantage of all the features on LiveNation.com.
    • Morrissey Tickets - Morrissey Concert Tickets and Dates | Official Live Nation Site 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.livenation.com [Source type: General]

    ^ DM : It gives you some technique, it didn't give me any technique that I sort of use now, but it gave you technique as far as...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But I'd like you to welcome him now on stage please, David Morrissey.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    All these snakes trodden underfoot and blood everywhere. I thought it was so morbid. .I mean the very idea of just going to church anyway is really quite absurd.^ I mean, one of the things, when you go to the House, that amazes you, is people on either bench, just trying to make a political speech, and on the other...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ TM : I've no idea, really, I think I just thought about stuff that happens...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .I always felt that it was really like the police, certainly in this country at any rate, just there to keep the working classes humble and in their place.^ And obviously what was really great about the collaborative process, like when we were sitting down talking about the script, was just that sense of a shorthand that came straight away.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And sometimes scripts are there, that you think 'I really don't want to do this because it's too much like hard work' and it frightens me and you always go 'OK I better do that' [laughter] .
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But it always felt like a two-parter to me, you just have an instinct for the right length.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    Because of course nobody else but the working class pays any attention to it. I really feel quite sick when I see the Pope giving long, overblown, inflated lectures on nuclear weapons and then having tea with Margaret Thatcher. To me it's total hypocrisy. And when I hear the Pope completely condemning working class women for having abortions and condemning nobody else... to me the whole thing is entirely class ridden, it's just really to keep the working classes in perpetual fear and feeling total guilt. .
    • from "All men have secrets and these are Morrissey’s", interview by Neil McCormick,Hot Press (May 4, 1984)
  • Age shouldn't affect you.^ David Yates, 1983], he did an interview where somebody said 'did you enjoy working with David Morrissey?'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .It's just like the size of your shoes - they don't determine how you live your life!^ And all your male, sort of, genes kick in, you think, 'oh I'll just be sturdy and I'll be fine.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Tori Amos St. Louis, Missouri Tax Accountants Time is drawing near to start preparing your taxes, but what if you don't know how?
    • Morrissey - Associated Content - Topic - associatedcontent.com 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.associatedcontent.com [Source type: General]

    ^ And I had no idea about films and how they were made in that way, and that was a real shock to me, that you never told the story in a linear way.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .You're either marvellous or you're boring, regardless of your age.^ But I think that if you're honest, you like to work with people that you admire and respect, but it also helps if they're your mate, to be honest, I think [laughter] .
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    • from "The cradle snatchers", article by Frank Worrall, Melody Maker (September 3, 1983)

About politics and society

  • Actually I despise royalty. I always have done. It's fairy story nonsense. .The very idea of their existence in these days when people are dying daily because they don't have enough money to operate one's radiator in the house, to me is immoral.^ I am one of these people.
    • Morrissey - Associated Content - Topic - associatedcontent.com 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.associatedcontent.com [Source type: General]

    ^ She could have called me but people tend not to in these situations; I think they're afraid you might be embarrassed into saying yes, because they're asking you directly, or that you might say no in a hurry, because you haven't had a chance to think about it.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I mean, one of the things, when you go to the House, that amazes you, is people on either bench, just trying to make a political speech, and on the other...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    As far as I can see, money spent on royalty is money burnt. I've never met anyone who supports royalty, and believe me I've searched. .Okay, so there's some deaf and elderly pensioner in Hartlepool who has pictures of Prince Edward pinned on the toilet seat, but I know streams of people who can't wait to get rid of them.^ There are some of us who are directors because they discover they couldn't act, mentioning no names, but you obviously didn't have that problem.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ DM : I agree with that on one side, but then, you know, there's this other thing about telly and people talking about the 'good old days' of telly, and I do think there is...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And there's a sort of unmistakeable sense that people feel they're in some kind of a club, with inside knowledge, and that club, of course, is now rather large ...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    It's a false devotion anyway. I think it's fascist and very, very cruel. .To me there's something dramatically ugly about a person who can wear a dress for £6,000 when at the same time there are people who can't afford to eat.^ I'd heard about it but I had no idea, and my cousin was working there at the time ...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And I was about 11, and I got on stage and I realised there was something happening, there was a dialogue happening between me and the audience and it was real and I enjoyed it ...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ DM : I agree with that on one side, but then, you know, there's this other thing about telly and people talking about the 'good old days' of telly, and I do think there is...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    When she puts on that dress for £6,000 the statement she is making to the nation is: "I am the fantastically gifted royalty, and you are the snivelling peasants." .The very idea that people would be interested in the facts about this dress is massively insulting to the human race.^ I'm going to say very little now because I'm about to introduce you to one of those people.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • from "This Charming Man", interview by Simon Garfield, Timeout March 1985
  • TW: I must ask you, what right does the fact that you are a popular and successful popstar give you to comment on political and…
    M: Well, I feel that, if popular singers don’t say these things, who does?^ I imagine these days obviously you're sent a script and asked whether want to do them, but if...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But will you now please welcome the director of the film who's going to say a few words about it, David Morrissey [applause].
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ She could have called me but people tend not to in these situations; I think they're afraid you might be embarrassed into saying yes, because they're asking you directly, or that you might say no in a hurry, because you haven't had a chance to think about it.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .We can’t have any faith in playwrights any more, we can’t have any faith in filmstars, young people don’t care about those things, they’re dying arts.^ Just Jared interviews Southland 's Benjamin McKenzie : " To be completely honest, they’re hinting about a few things, but before the seven episode run, you’ll see a romantic, um, sexual interaction."
    • Morrissey Hub | Morrissey Gay Blog Report | Towleroad, News Daily for Gay Guys. 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.towleroad.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I play have a monkey on their back; they have this thing that they can't function in the world as well as they would like to, because of something they're trying to fulfil in the story, they have a fantasy of themselves.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And you know, you weren't looking at people and going 'oh they don't live in my world, I don't believe that they live in my world.'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .And if you say, what ‘right’ do you have, the implication there to me is that popular music is quite a low art, it should be hidden, it can be there but let’s not say anything terribly important, let’s just make disco records or whatever.^ Gordon says there, you know...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Writers are very good at making the small things that happen to them the most important things in the world, and then call it art, but I think that it was really just that bare idea, knowing that it was a very good idea because it was an everyman situation, and obviously what you're always trying to do with work is try to make the specific universal.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ TM : I don't think it undermines what went before, in fact, kind of just makes it more complicated in the sense that when Jimmy's character thanks the policeman for his intervention, you know, there are some interventions which are in the public interest, but morally, and privately, quite hard to justify, and I think that it's about actually...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .So I really feel that we do have an obligation and I know that people respect it and they want it and it’s working to great effect.^ All I know is that I really enjoyed doing it, it was a great character...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They always pretend to be interested in the story but actually the only thing they really want to know is who's in it.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And you know, you weren't looking at people and going 'oh they don't live in my world, I don't believe that they live in my world.'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    • from "Granada Reports", interview by Tony Wilson, Granada TV February 1985

About gender

  • It's hard to be a man. .It's made to be hard and I don't know why.^ I don't know why, but actually what I want is...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    I think it's easier to be a woman. The women's movement has been so successful; the men's movement has never been accepted. I think it's not wanted. I think the expectation that men be stoic and strong is so enormous that finally they decide that this is the attractive way to be. .There's more to life than being macho - such an ugly word - which is something that I realized at the age of one.^ And I was about 11, and I got on stage and I realised there was something happening, there was a dialogue happening between me and the audience and it was real and I enjoyed it ...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ TM : Yeah, and it's about, like you said, whether there is such a thing as a social contact any more between us.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I mean there are 101 routes into it but the only one that's really important is to do it...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    • from "Homme alone 2" by David Keeps, Details (December 1992)

About love

.
  • When you’re a teenager and in your early twenties it seems desperately eternal and excruciatingly painful.^ But I think that if you're honest, you like to work with people that you admire and respect, but it also helps if they're your mate, to be honest, I think [laughter] .
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    Whereas as you grow older you realise that most things are excruciatingly painful and that is the human condition. .Most of us continue to survive because we’re convinced that somewhere along the line, with grit and determination and perseverance, we will end up in some magical union with somebody.^ TM : Yeah, because I think David just read the first draft, and it ended up having probably five drafts and probably the bigger changes were...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There are some of us who are directors because they discover they couldn't act, mentioning no names, but you obviously didn't have that problem.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I think if you're a writer I think you should avoid trying to think about people who might be right for it, because then you end up writing for the actor's strengths and not the character's, and that's kind of, well, a reductive thing to do.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    It’s a fallacy, of course, but it’s a form of religion. You have to believe. There is a light that never goes out and it’s called hope. .
    • from "I've always felt like an exile" by Andrew Billen in The Times (30th May 2006)
  • TF: At which point did you stop being celibate, why and who with?^ Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before (CD, Maxi) .
    • Morrissey Discography at Discogs 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before (Maxi, Single) ◄ (7 versions) .
    • Morrissey Discography at Discogs 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before (7", Single) .
    • Morrissey Discography at Discogs 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]


    .M: I don't see how anyone would benefit from seeing that kind of information in print.^ It's also not how I work as an actor, I think I'm quite tunnel-visioned when, you know, once the camera starts rolling, you're in it, and I don't know how you would direct...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    Least of all me. .
    • From "The Face Q&A", The Face (November 1999).
  • When you're young, you're afraid of being alone.^ And they're telling you, they're young and they're not going ...
    • Morrissey Hub | Morrissey Gay Blog Report | Towleroad, News Daily for Gay Guys. 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.towleroad.com [Source type: General]

    Solitude is a burden and you try to escape from it. .You always wonder when it's going to come to an end.^ A sort of mental check-list really, which, if I'm ever asked to do these things, which I am from time to time, you have to go through because it's important to come up with the right answers.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And if you, as I've had the pleasure of doing on a number of occasions, say David Morrissey, they always say 'oh, David Morrissey, oh he's absolutely wonderful.'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    Sometimes you can't get rid of it. .At the age of 38, you use it in a different way.^ JM : It turned out to be useful in a way you couldn't have imagined...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He thanks him for an intervention which he knows is immoral, but which has actually saved him, and in a way, you know, this is a drama about intervention and different kinds of intervention.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    You've learned how to live with it, and you don't try to get rid of it by all means anymore. After all you may call this resignation, but I don't think it's harmful. .You're not just standing there, in pain, asking yourself 'Why am I alone?^ I imagine these days obviously you're sent a script and asked whether want to do them, but if...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I did One Summer a lot of people said 'there's no point in going to drama school, you know, you have your Equity card, you have a profile, why not just stay out?'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Let's just take a look at a scene from that and then I'll ask you some more questions about that.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    Why don't I go out?' etc. .You don't ask yourself these questions anymore.^ I imagine these days obviously you're sent a script and asked whether want to do them, but if...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Let's just take a look at a scene from that and then I'll ask you some more questions about that.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A sort of mental check-list really, which, if I'm ever asked to do these things, which I am from time to time, you have to go through because it's important to come up with the right answers.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    You adapt yourself. Living alone does not mean living in nothingness.
    • From "My gilded prison", interview by J. C. Panek, L'Indic (November 1997).
  • M: I don't have relationships at all. It's out of the question.
    NK: Why?
    .M: Partly because I was always attracted to men or women who were never attracted to me.^ But you could always tell somebody else who was in the fan club because they'd say 'oh, you're working with David Morrissey...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    And I was never attracted to women or men who were attracted to me. So that's the problem. .I've never met the right person.^ Kate, although she's angry in this scene, later on she says to me, you know 'we have to let him go,' and the father says 'well that's all right for you because you've had him, I've never had him.'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    • From "The deep end", interview by Nick Kent, The Face (March 1990).

About vegetarianism and animals

  • (Eating meat) is really on the same moral level as child abuse. It’s the same thing. Animals are like children, they look to us for protection. We should protect them. I really feel quite smug about mad cow disease and foot and mouth and so forth, and I just think ‘Well, what do you expect? People have been saying it for years.' .
    • From the TV documentary The Importance of Being Morrissey (2003)
  • I think animals need all the help they can get, because they have none.^ But I think that if you're honest, you like to work with people that you admire and respect, but it also helps if they're your mate, to be honest, I think [laughter] .
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But you could always tell somebody else who was in the fan club because they'd say 'oh, you're working with David Morrissey...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    They have no rights. They have no protection. And so I think animals need help. .And I think animals look to humans for protection, and of course humans lead them into slaughterhouses, which to me is just like an image of leading children into a slaughterhouse.^ One of the things I would just like to say about Corelli , on watching that scene there is my wife and I, Esther, our two children...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And I think that what happens to Joe is that he's not like that, he's not able to just go 'oh fuck it, actually'...
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    There’s no difference. That level of trust and… But it’s a very cruel world.
    • From a Norwegian TV interview (2002)

About other artists

.
  • Because he (Elton John) is pushing his face in all the time, and telling us about his private life.^ Classics From John Peel's All-Time Festive Fifty (CD) .
    • Morrissey Discography at Discogs 7 January 2010 13:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    .Nobody's interested, he's incredibly rich, he should just go away, and he's just hoisting his problems onto everybody and working them out publicly and...I've said enough.^ And Jimmy actually, Jimmy Hazledine was the one person who said 'you should go.'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ JM : Well let's just talk about this for a moment, because that's one of the ways, any of us who've worked with you, know that you work, which is that research is incredibly important to you.
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I did One Summer a lot of people said 'there's no point in going to drama school, you know, you have your Equity card, you have a profile, why not just stay out?'
    • BFI | Features | NFT Interviews | David Morrissey 11 September 2009 8:44 UTC www.bfi.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    • From an radio interview with Janice Long (2002)
  • But, ultimately, I don't have very cast iron opinions on black music other than black modern music which I detest. I detest Stevie Wonder. I think Diana Ross is awful. I hate all those records in the Top 40 - Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston. I think they're vile in the extreme. In essence this music doesn't say anything whatsoever.
    • From "Home thoughts from abroad", article by Frank Owen, Melody Maker (27 Sep 1986)

Odds & Ends

  • Jools Holland: "Knock Knock!"
    Morrissey: "I'm not in!"
    Jools: "Oh, come on."
    Morrissey: "I refuse to open the door."
  • DK: Have you ever been to a rave?
    M: Rave is the refuge for the mentally deficient. It's made by dull people for dull people.
    • from "Homme alone 2" by David Keeps, Details (December 1992)
  • CH: Have you told many fibs today?
    M: I lie a lot - it's really useful - but everything I've said today has been the whole truth and nothing but the truth. So help me... er... Trevor...
    • Interview by Chris Heath, Star Hits (1987)
  • Cleavage Sister: "What do you feel about erotic art?"
    Morrissey:"I don't know much about rotting art?"
    Cleavage Sister: "What about erotic music?"
    Morrissey:"I know a great deal about rotting music."
    • Interview at a concert (RPLA - whose singer James Maker is a friend of Morrisseys)

In Concert

  • I can't believe I'm 29. Where did the years go? Why did the years go?
    • From Who Put The 'M' In Manchester? (2004)
  • It's the nicest birthday I've ever had. You've made a happy man very old.
    • From Who Put The 'M' In Manchester? (2004)
  • I find Christmas very difficult
    • Morrissey's reply to a fan's question "What do you think of Christmas?" at Earl's Court 18th December 2004
  • Hello you little charmers... We're The Smiths...
    • The Smiths, live at the Hacienda (1983)
  • I suppose you have work tomorrow? That's quite sad, really.
    • live in Claremont, CA (1997)
  • I can smell burning flesh ... and I hope to God it's human.
    • "... midway through his performance, he was overcome with fumes from the backstage barbecue." - Tim Jonze, Guardian. Live at Coachella festival, California (2009)

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Morrissey
File:Morrissey Live at SXSW Austin in March
Morrisey, the lead singer of The Smiths in 2007
Background information
Birth name Steven Patrick Morrissey
Born 22 May 1959 (1959-05-22) (age 51)
Davyhulme, Lancashire, England
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Musician, vocalist, lyricist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1978-Present
Labels 1982-1987: Rough Trade/Sire
1988-1994: HMV/Sire
1995: RCA/Reprise
1997: Mercury
2003-2007: Attack/Sanctuary
2007- : Decca
Associated acts The Smiths
The Nosebleeds
Slaughter & the Dogs
Website It's Morrissey's World

Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959), known by the stage name of Morrissey from his surname, is an English musician, singer and songwriter. He helped form and sang lead for the English band The Smiths from 1982 to 1987. After the band's break up he went on to become a successful solo artist. Morrissey produced many Top 10 hits.

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Early life

Born at Park Hospital in Davyhulme, Morrissey grew up as a Catholic as his parents were Irish Catholic immigrants. His parents had emigrated to England just before Morrissey's birth and, along with his only sibling (elder sister Jackie) they created a new life for themselves within the Manchester district Hulme.

The Smiths

The Smiths were formed in early 1982 by Steven Morrissey and John Maher, a guitarist and songwriter, Maher later changed his surname to Marr to avoid confusion with the Buzzcocks drummer. During the five years of The Smiths Marr and Morrissey produced four studio albums, one live album as well as nineteen singles, along with the two other band members, bass player Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

Each of their four albums The Smiths, Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead and Strangeways, Here We Come charted in the top two of the UK Albums Chart. Their live album Rank also peaked at number two in the album charts. To date seven compilation albums have been produced with an eighth due for release in November of this year.

Solo career

Following the split of The Smiths, Morrissey has produced and released nine studio albums under five different music labels. His album Years of Refusal was released on 16 February 2009.

Solo discography

  • Viva Hate (1988)
  • Bona Drag (1990)
  • Kill Uncle (1991)
  • Your Arsenal (1992)
  • Vauxhall and I (1994)
  • Southpaw Grammar (1995)
  • Maladjusted (1997)
  • You Are the Quarry (2004)
  • Ringleader of the Tormentors (2006)
  • Years of Refusal (2009)


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