Morrissey Albums & Discography – Records, CD & Singles

Steven Patrick Morrissey was born on 22 May 1959 and is known as Morrissey. He came into the spotlight as the frontman of the Rock band the Smiths from 1982 to 1987. However, the group broke away and he started to create solo music. This discography is about the British alternative rock singer Morrissey. The singer has released 13 studio albums, 12 compilation albums, two live albums and an extended play. He also recorded 54 singles and 7 video albums with Sire Records, Parlophone, RCA Victor, HMV, Polydor, Mercury, Sanctuary records, EMI, Reprise Records, Rhino, Harvest records, Capitol Music, BMG & Decca Records.

Early Life

Stephen Patrick Morrissey was commonly referred to by his surname. He was born in Manchester, England on 22 May, 1959. His father was a hospital porter and his mother was a librarian. He had a very moody nature and was very introspective as a child. However, he was fond of writing and poetry and this helped him a lot in overcoming his depression in his life. He had great fondness for Oscar Wilde. To escape his dreary childhood, he diverted himself into Pop music.  He first started to play for Nosebleeds but he then teamed up with guitarist Johnny Marr, drummer Mike Joyce and bassist Andy Rourke to create a band “The Smiths”.

The Smiths

The first music the Smiths created was a single “Hand in Glove”. It was an instant hit in the English music society. In the next four years they released four albums all of them had reached number 1 or 2 in the United Kingdom. The band’s centre of attraction was a sharp tongue man who was not afraid to give his opinion about the other Pop bands. Thus, he was instantly famous because of his attitude and style, making him a heart throb of England’s then youth. He was good at connecting with his fans. After the bands 1984 album which was self-titled, they released the album “Meat is Murder” in the year 1985 and a year later in 1986, came out the album “The Queen is dead” Here We Come” and “ Rank” were the last albums which the Smiths did before they went separate ways in 1987.

Solo Career

As the Smiths split in 1987, Morrissey created and released nine studio albums with 5 different recording companies. The best review he received was for Years of Refusal released in 2009 gathered a lot of good reviews from his critics.

Solo Discography

Viva Hate – 1988: This is the debut solo album which was released on 14 March 1988 by HMV. The track “Margaret on the Guillotine” was dedicated to the then prime minister Margaret Thatcher. This album had another song in the American release “Hairdresser on Fire” which was also later included on the reverse side of (B -Side) of the cassette. Viva Hate was appreciated by Morrissey’s critics and stated it as a much disciplined affair. Pitchfork stated it was one of the most interesting records and thus the riskiest.

Chart 1988 Peak Position
Australian Albums 21
Dutch Albums 12
German Albums 33
New Zealand Albums 8
Norwegian Albums 20
Swedish Albums 27
UK Albums Chart 1
US Billboard 200 48

Kill Uncle – 1991: The Second Solo album which Morrissey sang was released in the year 1991 by combined effort of HMV and EMI. The title of the album was selected after the 1966 movie “Let’s Kill Uncle”. Morrissey was in a transition period when this song was recorded. This was an unfamiliar style of music for Morrissey as it was his first collaboration with the guitarist Mark E Nevin. The Lyrics were described by many as frank and open with deep meaning. The lead single “Our Frank” was a single and an opening track which reached No 33 in the UK and No 10 on the US charts. In the year 2013, Morrisey released a remastered version of this 1989 single “The last of the Famous International Playboys” with Parlophone Records. This had additional 3 tracks.

Your Arsenal – 1992: The third of Morrissey’s work was released on 27 July 1992 by HMV. It was a critically acclaimed album and reached the top 4 in the UK Albums Chart. It was Morrissey’s first official album in the new line up. It commenced with “You’re Gonna Need Someone on Your Side” this song saw his music clearly changing from Indie Pop to muscular Rock. It also had a glamorous side because of the influence of guitarist Mick Ronson. T Rex had influenced the songs such as “Certain People I know”, I Know IT’s Gonna Happen Someday” and “Glamorous Glue”. The Album Your Arsenal received a nomination at the Grammy Awards and was nominated for the Best Alternative Music Category.

Vauxhall and I – 1994: The fourth album by Morrissey released on 14 March 1994 by Parlophone in the UK and in the USA by Sire/Reprise. The name of the album was inspired by the name of a movie Withnail and I. The lead single “The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get” was the only single which achieved success in the U.S and 46 in the Billboard Hot 100. The Song was number 8 in the UK Singles Chart. It was the only single by him which went to top 4.

Southpaw Grammar – 1995: The fifth studio album by Morrissey was released on the 28th August 1995 by RCA record labels in the UK and Reprise in the US. The album charted number 4 in the UK and 66 in the US. The famous singles “Dagenham Dave” and “The Boy Racer” were two of the songs which were successful from the album. According to the critics the music style was very different from “Vauxhall and I”. The reviews were mixed. However, it had a very glam outlook and was appreciated.

Maladjusted – 1997:  The sixth album in line was released on 11 August 1997 which was released by Island Records. This was Morrissey’s attempt to integrate the songs which he had experimented with when he was working on Vauxhall and I. The songs such as Alma Matters, Ammunition, Trouble Loves Me and Wide to Receive. The Singles “Satan Rejected My Soul” & “Roy’s Keen” shoot up to 42 and 39 in the charts. 

You Are the Quarry -2004: Seventh of the studio album by Morrissey was released on 17 May 2004 which was released by Attack, the record label. It was an average album and had the lead song as “Irish Blood, English Heart” followed by “You Are the Quarry”. It shot up to number 2 in UK charts. The record label Attack recorded a new version of “You Are the Quarry”.  In two-disc edition.

Ringleader of the Tormentors – 2006: Eighth of the studio album was released on 3rd April 2006 which was also released by the record label Attack. The songs had a thicker rock sound which Morrissey credited to the guitarist Jesse Tobias. The Album shot up to the charts and reached number 1 in the UK chart along with Sweden, Malta and Greece. Us Chart showed the album at number 27.

Years of Refusal – 2009: Ninth of the album by Morrissey and was released on 16 February 2009 in the UK which was released by the company Decca and in the US by Lost Highway. It was the last album for the producer Jerry Finn before he died. Out of the 12 songs, four were written by guitarist Boz Boorer and Alain Whyte had written another five, the rest three were written by Jesse Tobias.

World Peace Is None of Your Business – 2014: This is the tenth solo album by Morrissey which was released on 15 July 2014. This album was produced by Joe Chiccarelli and was released under the label Harvest. It shot up to the UK charts thus entering number 2 on the music charts in the UK and reached number 14 in US on the Billboard 200.

Low in High School – 2017: The eleventh solo album by Morrissey which was released on 17 November 2017 under the company BMG. This album was also produced by Joe Chiccarelli. This album was recorded in France in the La Fabrique Studios and Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios in Italy. It reached number 5 on the UK charts and there was a mixed response from critics.

California Son – 2019: The twelfth solo album was released on 24 May 2019 under BMG. The album had a collection of cover versions. The single “Wedding Bell blues” which was first sung by Laura Nyro in 1966, was sung by Billie Joe Armstrong.  This album was produced by Joe Chiccarelli as well. He collaborated with Morrissey a lot.

Chart (2019) Peak
Austrian Albums 32
Belgian Albums 47
Czech Albums 99
Dutch Albums 97
French Albums 66
Swiss Albums 32
UK Albums  4
US Billboard  95

I Am Not a Dog on a Chain – 2020: The thirteenth album by Morrissey was also released by BMG and produced by Joe who was collaborating with Morrissey in many of his projects. Its lead single was “Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know?” which had vocals featured by Thelma Houston.

There you have it folks, the Morrissey Discography.

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