He came to prominence as the frontman of the Smithsa rock band who were active from to Born in DavyhulmeLancashireto a working-class Irish migrant family, Morrissey grew up in Manchester. As a child he developed a love of literature, kitchen sink realismand pop music. Involved Morrisseys catholic gifts Manchester's punk rock scene during the late s, he fronted the Nosebleedswith little success.
Beginning a career in music journalismhe authored several books on music and film in the early s. With Johnny Marr he formed the Smiths insoon attracting national recognition for their eponymous debut album. As the band's frontman, Morrissey attracted attention for his baritone voice, witty and sardonic lyrics, and idiosyncratic appearance; deliberately avoiding rock machismo, he cultivated the aesthetic of a social outsider who eschewed drugs and embraced celibacy.
The Smiths released three further studio Morrisseys catholic gifts and had a string of hit singles. Personal differences between Morrissey and Marr resulted in the termination Morrisseys catholic gifts the band in Morrisseys catholic giftsMorrissey launched his solo career with Viva Hate. During this time his image began to shift into that of a more burly figure, who toyed with patriotic imagery and working-class masculinity.
In the mid-to-late s, his subsequent albums, Southpaw Grammar and Maladjustedalso charted but were less well received. Relocating to Los Angeleshe took a musical hiatus from to before releasing a successful comeback album, You Are the Quarryin He released his autobiography Morrisseys catholic giftsfollowed by his first "Morrisseys catholic gifts" in His eleventh solo studio album, Low in High Schoolwas released in Highly influential, Morrissey has been credited as a seminal figure in the emergence of indie rock and Britpop.
Acclaimed as one of the greatest lyricists in British history, his lyrics have become the subject of academic study. He has courted controversy with his forthright opinions—endorsing vegetarianism and animal rightscondemning royalty and prominent politicians, and promoting a vision of English national identity and Britishness.
Following an early education at St. Wilfred's Primary School,  Morrissey failed his plus exam,  and proceeded to St. Mary's Technical Modern School, an experience that he found unpleasant. All I learnt was to have "Morrisseys catholic gifts" self-esteem Morrisseys catholic gifts to feel ashamed without knowing why". Morrissey's librarian mother encouraged her son's interest in reading. Of his youth, Morrissey said, "Pop music was all I ever had, and it was completely entwined with the image of the pop star.
I remember feeling the person singing was actually with me and understood me and my predicament. RexDavid Bowieand Roxy Music. Having left formal education, Morrissey proceeded through a series of jobs, as a clerk for the civil service and then Inland Revenueas a salesperson in a record storeand as a hospital porter, before abandoning employment and claiming unemployment benefits.
recorded four songs with the band and they auditioned for a record deal in London. Wanting to become a professional writer,  Morrissey considered a career in music journalism.
He frequently wrote letters to the music press and was eventually hired the weekly music review publication Record Mirror. Morrisseys catholic gifts were very similar in drive. Alongside developing their own songs, they also developed a cover of the Cookies ' "I Want a Boy for My Birthday", the latter reflecting their deliberate desire to transgress norms of gender and sexuality in in a manner inspired by the New York Dolls.
It was championed by DJ John Peelas were all their later singles, but it failed to chart. As frontman of the Smiths, Morrissey—described as "lanky, soft-spoken, bequiffed and bespectacled" "Morrisseys catholic gifts" —subverted many of the norms that were associated with pop and rock music. Worst of all, he was sincere", with his music being "so intoxicatingly melancholic, so dangerously thoughtful, so seductively funny that it lured its Morrisseys catholic gifts Inthe band released two non-album singles: The year ended with the compilation album Hatful of Hollow.
This collected singles, B-sides and the versions of songs that had been recorded throughout the previous year for the Peel and Jensen shows. Early in the band released their second album, Meat Is Murderwhich was only studio album to top the UK charts.
The single-only release " Shakespeare's Sister " reached number 26 on the UK Singles Chart, though the only single taken from the album, " That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore ", was less successful, barely making the top The album was released in Juneshortly after the single " Bigmouth Strikes Again ".
The record reached "Morrisseys catholic gifts" 2 Morrisseys catholic gifts the UK charts. A legal dispute with Rough Trade had delayed the album by almost seven months it had been completed in "Morrisseys catholic gifts"and Marr was beginning to feel
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The band had become frustrated with Rough Trade and sought a record deal with a major label, ultimately signing with EMIwhich drew criticism from some of the band's fanbase. In JulyMarr left the band and auditions to find a replacement proved fruitless. By the time that the band's fourth album Strangeways, Here We Come was released in September, the band had broken up.
The breakdown in the relationship has been partly attributed to Morrissey's annoyance with Marr's work with other artists and to Marr's growing frustration with Morrissey's musical inflexibility. Several months before the Smiths dissolved, Morrissey enlisted Stephen Street as his "Morrisseys catholic gifts" producer and new songwriting partner, with whom he could begin his solo career. Morrissey's first solo performance took place at Wolverhampton 's Civic Hall in December With Winstanley and Langer he began work on his second album, Bona Dragalthough Morrisseys catholic gifts recorded six new songs for it, the rest of the album comprising his recent singles and B-sides.
Released in Novemberit reached number 19 in the charts. Nevin as his new songwriting partner,  Morrissey created his third solo album, Kill Uncle ; released in Marchit peaked at number 8 on the album chart. Rex's " Cosmic Dancer ".
The early s were described by biographer David Bret as the "black phase" in Morrissey's relationship with the British music press, which was increasingly hostile and critical of him.
Morrisseys catholic giftsMorrissey released the album Your Arsenalwhich peaked at number 2 in the album chart. Morrisseys catholic gifts once had a strong identity and now that's gone completely".
By the release of Your ArsenalMorrissey's image had changed; according to Simpson, the singer had converted "from the aesthete interested in rough lads into a rough lad interested in aestheticism and rough lads ". Various sources accused Morrissey of racism for making reference to the National Fronta far-right political party, in his song "The National Front Disco"; this criticism ignored the ironic context of the song, which pitied rather than glorified the party's supporters.
After a seven day hearing, the judge ruled in favour of Joyce. Morrissey returned on Island Records inreleasing the single " Alma Matters " in July, [ citation needed ] followed by his next album Maladjusted in August.
InUncut reported that Morrissey no longer had a record deal. It had formerly been the residence of Carole Lombard and had been re-designed by William Haines. Morrissey signed to Sanctuary Recordswhere he was given Morrisseys catholic gifts defunct reggae label Attack Records to use for his next project. To promote the album, Morrissey embarked on an accompanying world tour from April to November. Morrissey's eighth studio album, Ringleader of the Tormentorswas recorded in Rome and released on 3 April It debuted at number 1 in the Morrisseys catholic gifts album charts and number 27 in the US.
Originally Morrissey was to record the album with producer Jeff Saltzman; however, he could not undertake the project. Tony Viscontiof T.
Rex and David Bowie fame, took over production and Morrissey announced that the album was "the most beautiful—perhaps the most gentle—so far". Billboard described the album as showcasing "a thicker, more rock-driven sound". If an agreement could be made, Morrissey would be writing the song for someone else, rather than performing it himself. Morrissey Morrisseys catholic gifts NME for libel over a article published by the outlet.
In the article, NME criticised Morrissey after he allegedly told a reporter that British identity had disappeared because of immigration. The country's been thrown away. Morrissey accepted The Word ' s apology. Morrissey's lawyer
Morrisseys catholic gifts that "no money was sought as part of a settlement. The NME apology in itself is settlement enough and it closes the case.
The tour ran from 1 February to 29 July and spanned concerts over eight different countries. Morrissey cancelled 11 of these dates, including a planned six consecutive shows at the Roundhouse in London, due to "throat problems". The song was recorded with producer Jerry Finn as a future single and for inclusion on an upcoming album. In an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live with Visconti, the producer stated that his new project would be Morrissey's next album, though that this would not be forthcoming for at least a year.
However, in an interview with the BBC News website in OctoberMorrissey said that the album was already written and ready for a possible September release and confirmed that his deal with Sanctuary Records had come to an end.
In DecemberMorrissey signed a new deal with Decca Recordswhich included a Greatest Hits album and a newly recorded album to follow in autumn It reached number 14 on the British charts.
On 30 Mayit was announced that Morrissey's ninth studio album, Years of Refusalwould be produced by Jerry Finn. The list was compiled from ballots cast by a panel of "music experts", such as Bruce SpringsteenAlicia Keys and Bonowho "Morrisseys catholic gifts" asked Morrisseys catholic gifts name their 20 favourite vocalists.
In an interview with London radio station XfmMorrissey stated that "chances were slim" that he would continue performing past the age of Morrissey's rejuvenation is most obvious in the renewed strength of his vocals" and called it his "most venomous, score-settling album, and in a perverse way that makes it his most engaging". The song "Black Cloud" features the guitar playing of Jeff Beck.
Throughout Morrissey toured to promote the album. In
Morrisseys catholic gifts editions of 's Southpaw Grammar and 's Maladjusted were released.
In Octobera — B-sides collection, named Swords was released. Following the Swords tour, it was announced that Morrissey had fulfilled his contractual obligation to Universal Records and was without a record company. The release featured six additional previously unreleased tracks, and reached number 67 in the UK charts.
The single " Glamorous Glue " was released the same week with two previously unreleased songs. During his performance at Glastonbury inMorrissey criticised the UK prime minister, David Cameronfor attempting to stop the ban on wild animals performing in circuses, calling him a "silly twit". In late September, while visiting Strand Bookstore in Manhattan, he saved an elderly lady who had fainted beside him. Steven Patrick Morrissey known mononymously Morrisseys catholic gifts Morrissey, is an English singer, songwriter His parents—Elizabeth (née Dwyer) and Morrisseys catholic gifts Morrissey— were working-class Irish Catholics.
service and then the Inland Revenue, as a salesperson in a record store, and as a hospital porter, before abandoning employment.
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