->''"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."''
-->"Irish Blood, English Heart"

Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), better known as just Morrissey, is a British singer and lyricist who first became known when he emerged in the early '80s as the lead singer of Music/TheSmiths. 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 [[AnimalWrongsGroup vegetarianism]], as well as his contrary and somewhat arrogant nature, mean that he is very much the type you either love or hate. Although [[HatesEveryoneEqually misanthropic]], he is charming and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold 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 [[HoYay subtext]], though [[FanNickname Moz]] himself has said that he believes that sexual orientation doesn't matter. Indeed, his lyrics tend to be [[GenderIsNoObject 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 [[AmbiguouslyGay 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. He's also fairly well known in the music world for [[http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/06/heres-every-tour-morrissey-has-ever-canceled/ frequently canceling tours and concert dates]] at a moment's notice, for vague reasons.

In October 2014 he announced he [[https://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/oct/07/morrissey-reveals-series-of-cancer-treatments-if-i-die-then-i-die 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 don't, then I don't. Right now I feel good. I am aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that's what illness can do. I'm not going to worry about that, I'll rest when I'm dead."

[[AC: Discography:]]
* ''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)
* ''Low In High School'' (2017)

His non-album singles and b-sides are collected on:
* ''Bona Drag'' (1990)
* ''World of Morrissey'' (1995)
* ''My Early Burglary Years'' (1998)
* ''Swords'' (2009)

Morrissey has also written a few books. These are:
* ''The New York Dolls'' (1981), a biography of Music/NewYorkDolls.
* ''James Dean is Not Dead'' (1983), a biography of Creator/JamesDean.
* ''Exit Smiling'' (1998), a book of film criticism written in 1979 but given a limited issue in 1998. All three of these books above are both incredibly short -- each is under 100 pages -- and incredibly rare and out of print.
* ''Autobiography'' (2013), his autobiography. Has a bit of a love-or-hate-it reputation.
* ''List of the Lost'' (2015), his debut novel. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_Lost#Reception Received scathingly negative reviews]], perhaps the worst of his career in any medium.

!! The man and his work feature examples of:

* {{Adorkable}}: He gave off this vibe earlier in his career, especially when he wore his NerdGlasses.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: "I Don't Mind If You Forget Me".
* AuthorAppeal: Ruffians and serial killers.
* BiTheWay: Or Pan The Way? He has stated in 2013 "Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course... not many."
* BigOlEyebrows: UpToEleven!
* {{Bookworm}}: Was positively this in his youth.
* CelibateHero: In the '80s. Recently, he tends to just sidestep the issue of his sexuality.
* CovertPervert
* DeadpanSnarker
* TheEeyore: Happiness notoriously eludes Morrissey.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Straight men seem to be the most likely to jump onstage at concerts to hug or kiss him.
* {{Gayngst}}
* GenderIsNoObject
* KindheartedCatLover: From an interview with The Sunday Times:
-->My best friends have been cats. I had one cat for 23 years and one for 22. They just walked into the house, one when I was a small child and one when I was slightly older. I won't say they were like children, because I don't know any children that were actually nice. They were black-and-white and called Buster and Tibby. Tibby had been kicked in the face so he had to be fed by hand. He couldn't eat from a plate. He required a lot of patience but he cured himself and became a healthy, incredibly happy cat. They certainty enriched my life.
* LastNameBasis: Credited as simply "Morrissey" since the Smiths' first single. His fans also often call him by the nickname "Moz".
* LastNoteNightmare: "[[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher Margaret]] on the Guillotine" -- nice calm music and then, at the end, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the title event]].
* LongTitle: Many, often full sentences -- prompting Music/ElvisCostello to remark that he writes good titles, but forgets to write the songs.
* LyricalDissonance
* {{Meganekko}}: A rare male example when he wears his glasses.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: "Action is My Middle Name".
* NewSoundAlbum: Just about every album.
** ''Viva Hate'': Similar in style to The Smiths' last album, minus, you know, The Smiths.
** ''Kill Uncle'': Jangle pop with torch song influences.
** ''Your Arsenal'': Alternative rock and rockabilly with heavy influence of glam rock.
** ''Vauxhall and I'': Alternative rock with a much mellower sound.
** ''Southpaw Grammar'': Dabbles in progressive rock at times.
** ''Maladjusted'': Straightforward pop rock.
** ''You Are the Quarry'': Similar in style to ''Vauxhall and I'' and a bit of ''Your Arsenal''.
** ''Ringleader of the Tormenters'': Similar to ''You Are the Quarry'', but with a more orchestral sound.
** ''Years of Refusal'': Heavy alternative rock, similar to ''Southpaw Grammar'', but with some Spanish/Latin influence thrown in.
* PerspectiveFlip: Back in the Music/TheSmiths, Morrissey wrote "The Headmaster Ritual", which protested the abuses of the UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem only two years before corporal punishment was criminalised. On ''Southpaw Grammar'', he wrote "The Teachers Are Afraid of the Pupils", which reverses the situation and instead depicts the abuses perpetuated by the [[TeensAreMonsters students]].
* RefrainFromAssuming: It's "Suedehead", not "I'm So Sorry". [[MisattributedSong And no, it wasn't recorded by The Smiths]].
* RefugeInAudacity: Who else would release a song called "I Have Forgiven Jesus"?
* NerdGlasses: Wears them sometimes.
* OnlyOneName: Goes by [[SmallNameBigEgo his surname]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: ''Margaret on the Guillotine'' against UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher, so blatant that he was [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2465742/Smiths-singer-Morrissey-quizzed-Scotland-Yard-controversial-Thatcher-song-Margaret-Guillotine.html interrogated by Scotland Yard]], and later moaned about it on "He Knows I'd Love to See Him".
* SelfDeprecation: "Late Night, Maudlin Street" (among others):
--> Me without clothes? / Well a nation turns its back and gags
** In a recent interview he remarked that he might be giving up singing entirely by the end of next year (due to his cancer and the fact that he's simply getting too old): "With luck I will be able to stop singing forever, which would make many people happy!"
--> (from ''Disappointed'') "This is the last song I will ever sing. (''crowd cheers'') / No, I've changed my mind again. (''crowd groans'') / Goodnight and thank you."
* ShirtlessScene: At pretty much every concert.
* TakeThat: Often. Better-known targets include [[Music/TheCure Robert Smith]], the British royal family, a long-standing target of his rage (a reference to the Queen first appearing on ''Music/MeatIsMurder'' back in ''1985''), UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher, UsefulNotes/DavidCameron, and Jamie Oliver.
** Morrissey spends much of his ''Autobiography'' delivering back-handed {{Take That}}s to his musical peers ([[Music/SiouxsieAndTheBanshees Siouxsie Sioux]]), artists that he'd previously indicated as influences (Music/DavidBowie, Sandie Shaw) and former bandmates. Among the few that are spared harsh treatment are his longtime friend [[Music/ThePretenders Chrissie Hynde]], Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson and his late producer Jerry Finn. Moz writes that he was deeply affected by Finn's death at the young age of 39, shortly after work was finished on ''Years of Refusal''.
* ThreeMinutesOfWrithing: The video for "November Spawned a Monster".