Artist Profile: (source: last.fm)
Steven Patrick Morrissey, better known as Morrissey, is an English singer and lyricist born in Davyhulme, Lancashire, United Kingdom on May 22, 1959.
He was the lead singer of The Smiths, one of the most influential alternative bands in the 1980s. The group split up in 1987 and Morrissey started a successful solo career.
His first solo album, Viva Hate was released only six months after The Smiths split, in March 1988. The album’s first single “Suedehead” peaked at #5, a higher position than any Smiths single had ever achieved. In 1990, Bona Drag, a collection of his solo singles and b-sides, including popular songs such as “The Last of the Famous International Playboys” and “Everyday Is Like Sunday” (which also appears on “Viva Hate”)
His second album 1991’s Kill Uncle was not as well received as his first, with neither single achieving the Top 20. In 1992, the Mick Ronson-produced Your Arsenal was released and included singles such as “Tomorrow” and “We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful”. A live album,Beethoven Was Deaf, followed in 1993.
In 1994, Morrissey released Vauxhall and I, which contained “The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get”, his biggest hit in the United States, where it peaked at #46. Later that year, Morrissey also recorded a one-off project with Siouxsie of Siouxsie and the Banshees: they sang in duet on the single Interlude.
After “Vauxhall and I”, Morrissey released Southpaw Grammar (1995) and Maladjusted (1997), both of which failed to produce a UK Top 20 single.
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