"Irish blood, English heart
This I'm made of
There is no one on Earth I'm afraid of
And no regime can buy or sell me"
Morrissey is a British singer and lyricist who first became known when he emerged in the early 80s as the lead singer of The Smiths
. He went solo shortly after the breakup of the group in 1987 and has been going strong ever since.
His controversial opinions about subjects ranging from immigration to vegetarianism
, as well as his contrary and somewhat arrogant nature, mean that he is very much the type you either love or hate. Although misanthropic
, he is charming and genuinely affectionate
towards devotees and the few people who have gained his trust.
Many are of the opinion that his music has a lot of subtext
, though Moz
himself has said that he believes that sexual orientation doesn't matter. Indeed, his lyrics tend to be gender- (and thus orientation-) neutral
. Despite - or perhaps due to - his desire for privacy, debate still rages on as to his sexual orientation. Is he gay
? Bisexual? Asexual
? The best answer is perhaps simply that he's Morrissey.
His fans tend to be very loyal, much to the annoyance of the music press and some non-fans.
In October 2014 he announced he had been receiving treatment for cancer
. In a Spanish interview he said "They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever, if I die, then I die. And if I donít, then I donít. Right now I feel good. I am aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but thatís what illness can do. Iím not going to worry about that, Iíll rest when Iím dead.ĒDiscography:
- Viva Hate (1988)
- 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)
- World Peace Is None of Your Business (2014)
His non-album singles and b-sides are collected on:
- Bona Drag (1990)
- World of Morrissey (1995)
- My Early Burglary Years (1998)
- Swords (2009)
The man and his work feature examples of: