Music / Morrissey
"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.Ē

  • 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)

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