- NAME: Morrissey
- OCCUPATION: Singer
- BIRTH DATE: May 22, 1959 (Age: 54)
- Did You Know?: Morrissey has a home next door to actor Johnny Depp in California.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Manchester, England, United Kingdom
- Full Name: Morrissey
- Originally: Stephen Patrick Morrissey
- AKA: Stephen Morrissey
- ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini
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Morrissey was the lead singer for the Smiths, a British band that gained a loyal following during the 1980s.
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Born on May 22, 1959, in Manchester, England, Morrissey gained fame in the 1980s as the co-founder and frontman of the Smiths, a British rock band. With his eccentric style and acid-tongued lyrics, he became an icon for disaffected youth. After the band's breakup in 1987, Morrissey embarked on a successful solo career, while also continuing to make waves with his many controversial comments.
"I had the glummest, dreariest childhood you could possibly imagine. Pop music was all I ever had, and it was completely entwined with the image of the pop star. I remember feeling that the person singing was actually with me and understood me and my predicament. A lot of times I felt I was engaged with an absolute tangible love affair."
"I would rather eat my own testicles than re-form the Smiths, and that's saying something for a vegetarian."
"We're all lonely, but I'd rather be lonely by myself than with a long list of duties and obligations. I think that's why people kill themselves, really. Or at least that's why they think, 'Thank heaven for death.'"
"Writing words and then singing them in front of people is the most dangerous art form. When you're face to face with an audience, you can sing what you like, and if they really love you they'll accept whatever you say."
Stephen Patrick Morrissey, who is most commonly referred to by his last name, was born on May 22, 1959, in Manchester, England. The son of a hospital porter and a librarian, Morrissey was a moody, introspective child. He found an early love in poetry and writing, outlets that helped him cope with the occasional bouts of depression that gripped his life. Morrissey especially adored the work of Oscar Wilde.
For Morrissey, pop music provided a needed escape from his "dreary" childhood in Manchester. "Pop music was all I ever had, and it was completely entwined with the image of the pop star," he told The New York Times in 1991. "I remember feeling that the person singing was actually with me and understood me and my predicament. A lot of times I felt I was engaged with an absolute tangible love affair."
Morrissey eventually took the stage himself, playing briefly in a band called the Nosebleeds. In 1982, the struggling writer and musician teamed up with guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce to form the Smiths.
The band, whose first single was "Hand in Glove," quickly became a force on the English music scene. Over the group's four-year run, they released four studio albums, all of which charted at either No. 1 or No. 2 in the United Kingdom.
Front and center was Morrissey, a brooding, sharp-tongued leading man who wasn't afraid to publicly dismiss other pop bands. His attitude and eccentric style quickly made the singer a heartthrob for England's disaffected youth. While at times disdainful of the celebrity culture that gripped the pop scene, Morrissey embraced the connection he could make with his fans.
Following the band's 1984 self-titled debut album, the group released Meat Is Murder (1985), whose title was no doubt driven by Morrissey's own commitment to vegetarianism. One more album, The Queen is Dead (1986), followed before the band called it quits in 1987. Two other releases: Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) and a live album, Rank (1988), came out after the group's demise.
In 1988, Morrissey kicked off his solo career with the well-received album Viva Hate, which climbed to No. 48 on the U.S. charts. His solo follow-up, Kill Uncle (1991), was viewed as a disappointment. However, he hit his stride again with Vauxhall and I (1994). In the years since, Morrissey has continued to put out albums and connect with his fans on tour.
Despite an up-and-down solo career, Morrissey remains an icon in the pop music world. Unfortunately for fans of the Smiths, he has ruled out the possibility of a reunion.
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