Morrissey Biography


Type: Singer, songwriter and author

Born: 22 May 1959 (age 57)


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. However, his forthright opinions – endorsing vegetarianism and animal rights, condemning royalty and prominent politicians, and questioning issues of British national and cultural identity – have courted controversy.

Morrissey Quotes

I can chase you, and I can catch you,
but there is nothing I can do to make you mine.

To me you are a work of art, and I would give you my heart - that's if I had one.

Tried living in the real world instead of a shell, but I was bored before I even began.

Disappointment came to me,
and booted me,
and bruised and hurt me,
but that's how people grow up.

Don't leave it all unsaid,
somewhere in the wasteland of your head.

You're not right in the head, and nor am I, and this is why....this is why I like you.

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