This Day In Music 22.05.2016
Steven Patrick Morrissey, or simply Morrissey, is best known as the lyricist and vocalist of the indie rock band The Smiths.
The Rolling Stone magazine defined him: “the prim young women of Swinging London who became pop idols in the Sixties, the glam-rockers of the Seventies and the outrageous camp-aesthete tradition that extends all the way back to Oscar Wilde”.
Morrissey was born on May 22, in 1959, in Davyhulme, Lancashire, UK. He grow up in Manchester. He first expressed himself by writing. Unemployed in the late Seventies, he wrote a book on James Dean and another on the New York Dolls, whose English fan club he headed. Morrissey has described his first approach with music and said: "I lost myself in music at a very early age, and I remained there ... I did fall in love with the voices I heard, whether they were male or female. I loved those people. I really, really did love those people. For what it was worth, I gave them my life ... my youth. Beyond the perimeter of pop music there was a drop at the end of the world." By 1982, he'd founded the Smiths with protean guitarist Johnny Marr, drummer Mike Joyce and bassist Andy Rourke. Morrissey was responsible for choosing the band name of "The Smiths", later informing an interviewer that "it was the most ordinary name and I thought it was time that the ordinary folk of the world showed their faces". It didn't take long after their first single, 1983's "Hand In Glove," for the Smiths to make a huge splash in the U.K., where all four of their studio albums charted at Number One or Number Two. The follow-up singles This Charming Man and What Difference Does It Make?fared better when they reached numbers 25 and 12 respectively on the UK Singles Chart. In February 1984, they released their debut album, The Smiths which reached number two on the UK Albums Chart. Their second album, Meat Is Murder, was their only studio album to top the UK charts. In the middle of 80's the Smith's success grow up with singles like Bigmouth Strikes Again, which reached number two in the UK charts and Sheila Take A Bow, the band's second (and last during the band's lifetime) UK top-10 hit. Despite their continued success, personal differences within the band – including the increasingly strained relationship between Morrissey and Marr – saw them on the verge of splitting. In July 1987, Marr left the group.
Feeling betrayed by Marr's defection, Morrissey channeled his frustration into creating new material, his first solo album Viva Hate was commercially and critically well received. He released several more high-quality singles, including "The Last of the International Playboys" and "Interesting Drug," but spent an inordinate amount of time laboring on the follow-up album, issuing the stopgap compilation Bona Drag in 1990.
His confidence renewed by his American success with his first Top 50 singles chart entry in the U.S. with the MTV-supported "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get."
Over the next few years, he busied himself with rejiggered reissues of his solo material and various other compilations surfaced, including the 2009 B-sides collection Swords and the 2011 set Very Best Of Morrissey. Early in the summer of 2012, he announced in an interview with JuiceOnline.com that he was tentatively planning to retire in 2014. Despite his earlier proclamation of retirement, he released his tenth studio album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business (2014), including the single Kiss Me A Lot.
In 2013 he pubblished his Autobiography and in 2015, announced the publication of his debut novel, List of the Lost, for Penguin.
Morrissey is an advocate for Animal rights and a supporter of People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA).
In an interview, few years ago Morrissey said, about the reunion of The Smiths : “"I would rather eat my own testicles than reform the Smiths, and that's saying something for a vegetarian."