With his bizarre design as well as acid-tongued lyrics, he became an icon for disaffected youth. Following the group’s break up in 1987, Morrissey embarked on a fruitful solo career, while also continuing to make waves with his many contentious opinions.
Stephen Patrick Morrissey, who’s mostly referred to by his last name, came to be on May 22, 1959, in Manchester, England. The son of a hospital porter as well as a librarian, Morrissey was a dark, introspective kid. He located an early love in poetry and writing, factory outlets that helped him cope with all the occasional spells of depression that grasped his life. Morrissey particularly adored the work of Oscar Wilde.
“I recall feeling the man singing was really with me and understood me and my plight. Lots of times I believed I was engaged with the complete real love affair.”
Morrissey finally took the stage himself, playing briefly in a group called the Nosebleeds.
The group, whose first single was “Hand in Glove,” instantly became a power on the English music scene.
Front and centre was Morrissey, a brooding, sharp tongued leading man who was not scared to openly blow off other pop bands. His approach and bizarre fashion immediately made the vocalist a heartthrob for England’s disaffected youth. While at times disdainful of the celeb culture that grasped the pop landscape, Morrissey adopted the link he could make along with his supporters.
After the band’s 1984 self titled debut record, the group released Meat Is Murder (1985), whose name was no doubt driven by Morrissey’s own dedication to vegetarianism. One more record, The Queen is Dead (1986), followed prior to the group called it quits in 1987. Two other releases: Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) as well as a live album, Standing (1988), came out following the group’s death.
In 1988, Morrissey kicked off his solo career together with the well-received album Viva Hate, which rose to No. 48 on the U.S. graphs. His solo followup, Kill Uncle (1991), was seen as a disappointment. In the past few years since, Morrissey has continued to put out records and join together with his fans on tour.
Despite an up and down solo career, Morrissey remains an idol in the pop music world. Sadly for fans of the Smiths, he’s ruled out the chance of a reunion. “I ‘d rather eat my own testicles than reform the Smiths,” he said in 2006, “and that is saying something for a vegetarian.”
In 2010, while remarking about animal cruelty in China, he explained, “You can not help but believe that the Chinese people are a subspecies.”
In 2013, Morrissey released an autobiography, that has been called, just, Autobiography. The book covers his youth, including his teen fondness for the New York Dolls, a group of transvestites. “Jerry Nolan to the very front of the Dolls debut record is the initial girl I ever fell in love with,” he wrote.
The vocalist is definitely vague about his own sexuality, and didn’t say if the two were ever fans. Some references of Walters were removed in the U.S. version of the novel.