Morrissey (UK singer; vocalist of The Smiths)

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Legal name: Steven Patrick Morrissey


Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), professionally known as Morrissey, is an English singer, songwriter and author. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the indie rock band The Smiths, which was active from 1982 to 1987. Since then, Morrissey has had a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions.

Born in Davyhulme, Lancashire, to a working-class Irish migrant family, Morrissey grew up in Manchester. As a child he developed a love of literature, kitchen sink realism and popular music. Involved in Manchester's punk rock scene during the late 1970s, he fronted two punk bands, The Nosebleeds and Slaughter & The Dogs, with little success. Beginning a career in music journalism, he authored a number of books on music and film in the early 1980s. With Johnny Marr he established The Smiths in 1982, soon attracting national recognition for their self-titled debut album. As the band's frontman, Morrissey attracted attention both for his intelligent, witty, and sardonic lyrics and his idiosyncratic appearance; deliberately avoiding rock machismo, he cultivated the aesthetic of a social outsider who eschewed drugs and embraced celibacy. The Smiths released five further albums – including the critically acclaimed Meat is Murder and The Queen is Dead – and had a string of hit singles. Personal differences between Morrissey and Marr resulted in The Smiths' separation in 1987.

In 1988, Morrissey launched his solo career with the album Viva Hate. This and its follow-up albums – Bona Drag, Kill Uncle, Your Arsenal, and Vauxhall and I – all did well in the UK Albums Chart and spawned a number of hit singles. Having left Britain and moved to Los Angeles, during the mid-1990s Morrissey's image began to shift into that of a burlier figure, who toyed with patriotic imagery and working-class masculinity; his discussions of British national identity resulted in accusations of racism, which he denied. In the mid-to-late 1990s, his subsequent albums, Southpaw Grammar and Maladjusted, also charted but were less well received. After a hiatus between 1998 and 2003, Morrissey released a successful comeback album, You Are the Quarry, in 2004. Relocating to Italy, ensuing years saw the release of albums Ringleader of the Tormentors, Years of Refusal, and World Peace Is None of Your Business. In 2013 Morrissey released his autobiography, followed by his first novel in 2015.

Highly influential, Morrissey is widely credited as being a seminal figure in the emergence of indie rock and Britpop. He has been acclaimed as one of the greatest lyricists in British history, with his lyrics having become the subject of academic study. He has courted controversy with his forthright opinions – endorsing vegetarianism and animal rights, condemning royalty and prominent politicians, and questioning issues of British national and cultural identity.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Viva Hate Morrissey 4.25 7
1991 Kill Uncle Morrissey 3 8
1992 Your Arsenal Morrissey 3.65 10
1994 Vauxhall and I Morrissey 4 7
1995 Southpaw Grammar Morrissey 3 6
1997 Maladjusted Morrissey 3 6
2004 You Are the Quarry Morrissey 3.5 7
2006 Ringleader of the Tormentors Morrissey 2 6
2009 Years of Refusal Morrissey 4.5 4
2014 World Peace Is None of Your Business Morrissey 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Bona Drag Morrissey 3.5 7
1995 World of Morrissey Morrissey 5 5
1997 Suedehead: The Best of Morrissey Morrissey 3
1998 My Early Burglary Years Morrissey 4 2
2001 ¡The Best Of! Morrissey 1
2008 Greatest Hits Morrissey 4
2009 The HMV/Parlophone Singles ’88–’95 Morrissey 1
2009 Swords Morrissey 3
2011 Very Best of Morrissey Morrissey 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Beethoven Was Deaf Morrissey 2
1996 Introducing Morrissey Morrissey 1
2005 Live at Earls Court Morrissey 4
2005 Who Put the 'M' in Manchester? Morrissey 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Suedehead Morrissey 4 3
1988 Everyday Is Like Sunday Morrissey 5
1989 The Last of the Famous International Playboys Morrissey 4
1989 Interesting Drug Morrissey 5
1989 Ouija Board, Ouija Board Morrissey 5
1990 November Spawned a Monster Morrissey 4
1990 Piccadilly Palare Morrissey 2
1991 Our Frank Morrissey 4
1991 Sing Your Life Morrissey 2
1991 Pregnant for the Last Time Morrissey 3
1991 My Love Life Morrissey 4
1992 We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful Morrissey 2
1992 You're the One for Me, Fatty Morrissey 1
1992 Tomorrow Morrissey 1
1992 Certain People I Know Morrissey 2
1994 The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get Morrissey 2
1994 Hold On to Your Friends Morrissey 1
1994 Interlude Morrissey & Siouxsie 5 1
1994 Now My Heart Is Full Morrissey 1
1995 Boxers Morrissey 3
1995 Dagenham Dave Morrissey 1
1995 The Boy Racer Morrissey 3
1995 Sunny Morrissey 1
1997 Alma Matters Morrissey 3
1997 Roy's Keen Morrissey 3
1997 Satan Rejected My Soul Morrissey 1
2004 Irish Blood, English Heart Morrissey 6
2004 First of the Gang to Die Morrissey 7
2004 Let Me Kiss You Morrissey 3
2004 I Have Forgiven Jesus Morrissey 3
2005 Redondo Beach / There Is a Light That Never Goes Out Morrissey 1
2006 You Have Killed Me Morrissey 4 4
2006 The Youngest Was the Most Loved Morrissey 4
2006 In the Future When All's Well Morrissey 3
2006 I Just Want to See the Boy Happy Morrissey 3
2008 That's How People Grow Up Morrissey 3
2008 All You Need Is Me Morrissey 3
2009 I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris Morrissey 4
2009 Something Is Squeezing My Skull Morrissey 2
2011 Glamorous Glue Morrissey 1

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 The CD Singles '88-91' Morrissey 1
2001 HMV/Parlophone: The CD Singles ‘91–95’ Morrissey 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 There Is a Light That Never Goes Out / Redondo Beach Morrissey 3
2014 Satellite Of Love (Live) Morrissey 3

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Rare Tracks Morrissey 4 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Morrissey at KROQ Morrissey 4 1

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