Morrissey (English singer / songwriter)

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Legal name: Steven Patrick Morrissey


Steven Patrick Morrissey (; born 22 May 1959), known professionally as Morrissey, is an English singer, songwriter, and author. He came to prominence as the frontman of rock band the Smiths, who were active from 1982 to 1987. Since then, he has pursued a successful solo career. Morrissey's music is characterised by his baritone voice and distinctive lyrics with recurring themes of emotional isolation, sexual longing, self-deprecating and dark humour, and anti-establishment stances.

Born to working-class Irish immigrants in Davyhulme, Lancashire, Morrissey grew up in nearby Manchester. As a child, he developed a love of literature, kitchen sink realism, and 1960s pop music. In the late 1970s, he fronted punk rock band the Nosebleeds with little success before beginning a career in music journalism and writing several books on music and film in the early 1980s. He formed the Smiths with Johnny Marr in 1982 and the band soon attracted national recognition for their eponymous debut album. As the band's frontman, Morrissey attracted attention for his trademark quiff and witty and sardonic lyrics. Deliberately avoiding rock machismo, he cultivated the image of a sexually ambiguous social outsider who embraced celibacy. The Smiths released three further studio albums—Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead, and Strangeways, Here We Come—and had a string of hit singles. The band were critically acclaimed and attracted a cult following. Personal differences between Morrissey and Marr resulted in the separation of the Smiths in 1987.

In 1988 Morrissey launched his solo career with Viva Hate. This album and its follow-ups—Kill Uncle, Your Arsenal, and Vauxhall and I—all did well on the UK Albums Chart and spawned multiple hit singles. He took on Alain Whyte and Boz Boorer as his main co-writers to replace Marr. During this time his image began to shift into that of a burlier figure who toyed with patriotic imagery and working-class masculinity. In the mid-to-late 1990s, his albums Southpaw Grammar and Maladjusted also charted but were less well received. Relocating to Los Angeles, he took a musical hiatus from 1998 to 2003 before releasing a successful comeback album, You Are the Quarry, in 2004. Ensuing years saw the release of albums Ringleader of the Tormentors, Years of Refusal, World Peace Is None of Your Business, Low in High School, California Son, and I Am Not a Dog on a Chain, as well as his autobiography and his debut novel, List of the Lost.

Highly influential, Morrissey has been credited as a seminal figure in the emergence of indie rock and Britpop. In a 2006 poll for the BBC's Culture Show, Morrissey was voted the second-greatest living British cultural icon. His work has been the subject of academic study. He has been a controversial figure throughout his music career due to his forthright opinions and outspoken nature—endorsing vegetarianism and animal rights, criticising royalty and prominent politicians. Morrissey has also held controversial views, such as supporting far-right activism with regard to British heritage, and defending a particular vision of national identity, critiquing the effect of immigration on the UK.

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1988Viva HateMorrissey48
1991Kill UncleMorrissey39
1992Your ArsenalMorrissey3.6512
1994Vauxhall and IMorrissey4.359
1995Southpaw GrammarMorrissey36
2004You Are the QuarryMorrissey3.3510
2006Ringleader of the TormentorsMorrissey3.756
2009Years of RefusalMorrissey4.54
2014World Peace Is None of Your BusinessMorrissey4.56
2017Low in High SchoolMorrissey4
2019California SonMorrissey34
2020I Am Not a Dog on a ChainMorrissey3

Album + Compilation

1990Bona DragMorrissey3.510
1995World of MorrisseyMorrissey56
1997Suedehead: The Best of MorrisseyMorrissey3
1998My Early Burglary YearsMorrissey42
2001¡The Best Of!Morrissey1
2008Greatest HitsMorrissey4
2009The HMV/Parlophone Singles ’88–’95Morrissey1
2011Very Best of MorrisseyMorrissey1
2018This Is MorrisseyMorrissey2

Album + Live

1992Live In DallasMorrissey1
1993Beethoven Was DeafMorrissey32
1996Introducing MorrisseyMorrissey1
2005Live at Earls CourtMorrissey4
2005Who Put the ‘M’ in Manchester?Morrissey2


1988Everyday Is Like SundayMorrissey5
1989The Last of the Famous International PlayboysMorrissey4
1989Interesting DrugMorrissey5
1989Ouija Board, Ouija BoardMorrissey5
1990November Spawned a MonsterMorrissey4
1990Piccadilly PalareMorrissey2
1991Our FrankMorrissey5
1991Sing Your LifeMorrissey3
1991Pregnant for the Last TimeMorrissey3
1991My Love LifeMorrissey4
1992We Hate It When Our Friends Become SuccessfulMorrissey2
1992You're the One for Me, FattyMorrissey1
1992Certain People I KnowMorrissey2
1994The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I GetMorrissey2
1994Hold On to Your FriendsMorrissey1
1994InterludeMorrissey & Siouxsie51
1994Now My Heart Is FullMorrissey1
1995Dagenham DaveMorrissey1
1995The Boy RacerMorrissey3
1997Alma MattersMorrissey3
1997Roy's KeenMorrissey3
1997Satan Rejected My SoulMorrissey1
2004Irish Blood, English HeartMorrissey5
2004First of the Gang to DieMorrissey7
2004Let Me Kiss YouMorrissey3
2004I Have Forgiven JesusMorrissey3
2005Redondo Beach / There Is a Light That Never Goes OutMorrissey1
2006You Have Killed MeMorrissey44
2006The Youngest Was the Most LovedMorrissey4
2006In the Future When All's WellMorrissey3
2006I Just Want to See the Boy HappyMorrissey3
2008That's How People Grow UpMorrissey3
2008All You Need Is MeMorrissey3
2009I'm Throwing My Arms Around ParisMorrissey4
2009Something Is Squeezing My SkullMorrissey3
2011Glamorous GlueMorrissey1
2012Suedehead (Mael mix)Morrissey1
2015Kiss Me a LotMorrissey1
2017Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the StageMorrissey2
2018My Love, I’d Do Anything for YouMorrissey1
2018Back on the Chain GangMorrissey3
2019It’s OverMorrissey2
2019Wedding Bell BluesMorrissey2
2019Brow of My BelovedMorrissey1
2020Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know?Morrissey1
2020Love Is on Its Way OutMorrissey1
2020Knockabout WorldMorrissey1
2020Honey, You Know Where to Find MeMorrissey1
Spent the Day in BedMorrissey1

Single + Compilation

2000The CD Singles '88-91'Morrissey1
2001HMV/Parlophone: The CD Singles ‘91–95’Morrissey1

Single + Live

2005There Is a Light That Never Goes Out / Redondo BeachMorrissey3
2014Satellite of Love (live)Morrissey3
2020Cosmic Dancer (live)David Bowie & Morrissey2

Single + Remix

2018All the Young People Must Fall in LoveMorrissey1


1991My Love LifeMorrissey1

EP + Compilation

1998Rare TracksMorrissey41

EP + Live

1991Morrissey at KROQMorrissey41


1989I Know Very Well How I Got My Note WrongVincent Gerard & Steven Patrick1

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