Morrissey Interviews

Interviews spanning Morrissey’s career. To navigate, select a year below. Full interview list.

1994

Details – April 1994

“Morrissey interview by William Shaw: “Yippee-ki-yay!” / “Homme Alone 2”. Photographs by Anton Corbijn. Topics: “Vauxhall & I”, the past year, happiness, Smiths legacy, boxing, sex, friends.”

Q – April 1994

“‘Yes, I Am Pregnant: Mr. Chuckle-Trousers Unzips His Lip’ / ‘Hello Cruel World’, a Morrissey interview by Stuart Maconie. Photos on cover and inside by Andy Earl, taken at the LA Griffith Observatory (includes one Smiths photo by Paul Slattery). Topics: Gillian Taylforth, “Vauxhall & I”, rumours, personality change, England and America, being sensitive, growing older, Johnny Marr, the Smiths’ albums, the Angelic Upstarts, pop music.”

L’Indic – March 1994

“”Ma Prison Dorée”, a Morrissey interview by J.C. Panek. Photos by P. Mazzoni including cover. Topics: interviewing Morrissey, heores, solitude, press, his audience, happiness, record labels, internet.”

NME – 26 March 1994

“‘MOZMANIA! Viva mate: Morrissey meets his public’ Article written by Angela Lewis and Stuart Bailie, photos by Kevin Cummins and Roger Sargent, cover by Sargent.”

The Sunday Times – 13 March 1994

“Fascinating article in which Julie Burchill writes at length about Morrissey’s youth before recalling, interview-style, a surreal incident in which Morrissey turned up unannounced on her doorstep. (The outcome was not pretty!)

This is the infamous “stitch-up” later referred to in the May issue of Select that had Morrissey’s companion, Jake Walters, so incensed that a ten mile run was required to work off the aggression!”

1993

Les Inrockuptibles – July 1993

“Morrissey interview titled “Un dernier tour” (A Last Trip) by Christian Fevret. Photos by Renaud Montfourny including cover. Topics: giving interviews, his career, fans, retirement, new interests, fame, his lifestyle, “Your Arsenal” and “Kill Uncle”, his friends, English politics, the Finsbury Park events and racism, his image, “Severed Alliance”, the WEA best ofs, Johnny Marr, David Bowie and Mick Ronson.”

Vox – April 1993

“‘What Now Mozzer’, Morrissey interview by Tony Parsons. Photo on cover. Topics: 1992, Bowie, touring, englishness, sex, “Beethoven Was Deaf”, etc.”

Indiecator – May 1993

“‘Deaf And Dumb?’, 4-page Morrissey interview conducted during the American leg of the Your Arsenal tour.”

1992

Details – December 1992

“”Homme Alone – Sex And The Single Guy”, Morrissey interview by David Keeps. Photos by David Jensen. Topics: his tongue, kisses, love by fans, people/youth, depression, guilt, sexual urges, shyness, love, Michael Stipe, music tastes, films, daily life.”

Observer Magazine – December 1992

“Titled “No Sex Please, I’m Morrissey”. Interview by Robert Chalmers (done in Houston, October 1992). Photos by Linder Sterling from “Morrissey Shot”. Topics: “Your Arsenal”, success in North America, the press, the Finsbury Park incident, the Union Jack and the racism rumours, growing up in Manchester, heroes, his christian name, “The Severed Alliance”, Rourke And Joyce, celibacy, homo-erotic imagery.”

Select – December 1992

“Morrissey interview by David Thomas with excerpts from the USA tour and the USA promotional appearances. Photos by Eddie Sanderson. Topics: devotion, record sales, the audience, the music industry, publicity, pop music, attention and tours.”

Les Inrockuptibles – November 1992

“This is only an article on Morrissey by JD Beauvallet, not an interview, but it includes previously unseen photos of Morrissey by Renaud Montfourny.”

Spin – November 1992

“”What Becomes A Legend Most” / “The Sorrow And The Pity”. Morrissey photo on cover and inside by the Douglas Brothers. Interview by David Thomas done in Los Angeles. Topics: fan devotion, the music industry, the press, literature, depression, hugs, critics, loneliness, The Smiths, songs, fear, indulging, himself, trust.”

Entertainment Weekly – 16 October 1992

“”The Great White Mope”, Morrissey interview done in Toronto by David Browne. Photos by Chris Buck. Topics: the tour, his influences, American radio, fanzines, his persona.”

Best – September 1992

“”Interview exclusive et défense des valeurs éternelles de l’Angleterre” / “L’age Christique”, written by Emmanuelle Debaussart & Jacques Vincent, photos on cover and inside by Youri Lenquette. Topics: “Your Arsenal”, England and its decline, public image, reading, ageing, mods, Mick Ronson, etc.”

Q – September 1992

“”Talking Up Your Arsenal” / “Ooh I Say”, interview by Adrian Deevoy. Photos by Hugo Dixon and cover by Mike Owens. Topics: his physique, sexual innuendo, his reclusiveness, The Severed Alliance, “Your Arsenal”, death, racism and Englishness, pop music, Michael Stipe, Vic Reeves, Manchester, The Smiths, ecstasy, sex.”

Select – September 1992

“Six-page feature in which various celebrities review Your Arsenal. Also includes an amusing little Morrissey tribute poem by Damon Albarn (of Blur fame), called “Arsenal retentive”.”

You – 20 September 1992

“”Mad About The Boy / Morrissey storms the states”, Morrissey interview in Los Angeles by David Thomas. A more complete version of this interview can be found in the November 1992 Spin magazine. Photos on cover and inside by Eddie Sanderson. Topics: his habits, fame, pop music, depression, the American tour, childhood and life.”

Oor – August 1992

“”Een obsessie die vijf jaar duurde” / “Het Grote Morrissey interview”. Dutch article about The Smiths by Bert van de Kamp, plus original interview (in Dutch) with Morrissey conducted by Marnix Peeters, and a review of “Morrissey and Marr: the severed alliance”. Photographs by Eric Watson, Lawrence Watson, Wim van de Hulst, and Rob Verhorst (uncredited).”

NME – 22 August 1992

“Morrissey on cover waving the Union Jack. ‘Flying the flag or flirting with disaster’. The racism allegations issue. Photographs by Kevin Cummins, Chris Hughes, and Renaud Monfourny (latter uncredited).”

NME – 9 May 1992

“For their 40th anniversary issue, they included a section with all NME covers with Morrissey on them*, and reprinted the letters Morrissey sent to the NME. The issue also included a review of the newest single “We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful”. Morrissey on the cover.”

Missing page with Morrissey covers.

Outlook – January-February 1992

“Special Smiths/Morrissey feature, including a Smiths overview article, an essay by Mark Simpson about Morrissey’s sexuality and appeal to fans, and short interviews with Stephen Street, Phranc, and Sandie Shaw.”

Q – January 1992

Article by Robert Sandall about the Kill Uncle tour with photos by Kevin Cummins.

1991

Rage – December 1991

“Morrissey interview by Dermott Hayes. Topics: his kinship with Sinead O’Connor, his bicycle collection and his lack of money-motivation.”

NME – 19 October 1991

“”Back Morrissey – The Man In Japan In His Own Words / Karaoke On Camping”, a compilation of Kevin Cummins photos of Morrissey in Japan on the Kill Uncle tour. Morrissey on the cover. Credits and Kevin Cummins photo captions are in the hand of Morrissey himself.”

Ciao 2001 – August 1991

“Italian translation of the interview that appeared in English in Option, May 1991, and again in Select, July 1991.”

Crossbeat – August 1991

“Japanese translation of the April 1991 Creem interview plus interviews of the other Smiths members. Part of a lengthy Smiths special.”

Rockin’ On – August 1991

“Japanese translation of the May 1991 NME interview. Photos by Paul Slattery and Kevin Cummins. Morrissey on cover.”

Best – July 1991

“Morrissey interview titled “Mozz Art”. Photos by Claude Gassian. Topics: Mark Nevin, Top Of The Pops, Johnny Thunders.”

Glamour – July 1991

“Morrissey interview titled “Chanteur savant”. Topics: being more private than before in interviews, the New York Dolls and the musical influence of other artists on his teenage years, Manchester and the Mancunian music scene, celibacy.”

Select – July 1991

“‘Wake Me When It’s Over’, Morrissey interview by Mark Kemp from the recent issue of Options magazine, with different photos by Trevor Leighton, Retna, Kevin Cummins, Cathal Dawson many previously published. Morrissey on the cover. Topics: ‘Kill Uncle’, Michael Stipe, New York Dolls, old singles, the Smiths split, dance music, the Manchester scene.”

Crossbeat – June 1991

“Japanese translation of the recent interview from Les Inrockuptibles (3/91). Photos by Renaud Monfourny, including one not from the original interview. Morrissey on cover.”

Los Angeles Times – 16 June 1991

“’10 Questions’ interview by Kristina McKenna backstage from the Los Angeles concert. Photo by Con Keyes. Topics: fans reactions, feminism, his appeal to fans, disappearing times in England, his own changes, loneliness, his disappointment with people, changes in himself.”

Option – May 1991

“‘Inside Looking In / Morrissey & The Art Of Self-Obsession’, interview by Mark Kemp. Photos by Jane Huntingdon, including cover photo. Topics: his lifestyle, Johnny Marr, “Kill Uncle”, Michael Stipe, New York Dolls, the death of vinyl, the Smiths split, dance music, the Manchester scene.”

Ciao 2001 – April 1991

“”Il senso del dissenso”. Article in Italian (mostly Smiths history) by Paolo Bertoni, with discography. Photographs by Kevin Cummins, Lawrence Watson, and Eamonn J. McCabe, plus previously unseen cover photo from the 1985 “Initiate me” session by Peter Anderson.”

Spin – April 1991

“Morrissey interview by Steven Daly ‘Morrissey-His Most Provocative Interview’ / ‘Lyrical King’. Photos by Lawrence Watson and Anton Corbijn (Moz not on cover). Topics: producing records, song subject matter, his lifestyle, the English press, world tours, America, fans, Electronic, the Manchester scene, the death of pop music and of Englishness, Paul Weller, Paddy McAloon and the Cocteau Twins.”

Creem – April-May 1991

“”The Inner Edge”, Morrissey interview by Ara Corbett. Photos by the Douglas Brothers. Topics: “Kill Uncle”, fan loyalty, the Smiths split, Johnny Marr, his solo success, “The Elephant Man”, the 7″ single, the pressures of pop industry, “I’ve Changed My Plea To Guilty”, the Bronte sisters, having children.”

Les Inrockuptibles – March 1991

“Lengthy Morrissey interview by Jean-Daniel Beauvallet titled “La solitude du coureur de fond” (“The Loneliness Of The Long Runner”). Exclusive photos by Renaud Monfourny inside and on cover, one of which later became the cover to the “Pregnant…” single. Topics: interviews, Top Of The Pops, fans, “Kill Uncle”, Manchester, Smiths record sleeves, kitchen-sink drama films, sex, the New York Dolls, isolation, family and Johnny Marr.”

1990

Vox – November 1990

“Morrissey interview by Len Brown titled “Bona Contention”. Cover (“November Spawned A Mozzer”) and inside photos by Kevin Cummins and Pennie Smith. Topics: backlash, defending “Bona Drag”, recent singles, Craig Gannon, indie/dance crossover, rave culture, touring.”

Sounds – September 1990

“Double-page picture spread, humourously telling the not-so-accurate story of Morrissey’s career via photo captions.”

Gay Times – August 1990

“Major article by Kris Kirk and Richard Smith about Morrissey’s sexuality. Exclusive cover photo by Kevin Cummins. Kirk maps Morrissey’s gradual alienating of various sectors of his audience. Smith pleads for Morrissey to reveal his true sexual colours. Inside photographs by Paul Rider, Lawrence Watson and Paul Slattery.”

Spin – April 1990

“Short, but rather interesting little article to summarise the Morrissey persona.”

Rockin’ On – June 1990

“Japanese translation of the previous March interview by Nick Kent in The Face. Different photos by Kevin Cummins and Anton Corbijn.”

The Face – March 1990

“‘The Deep End’, Morrissey interview by Nick Kent. Exclusive cover and inside photos by Anton Corbijn. Topics: his position in the 90s, ‘Striptease With A Difference’, relationships/sexuality, the Smiths split, Johnny Marr, Manchester scene, ecstasy culture, America, concerts.”

1989

NME – 16 September 1989

“This issue was to have a Morrissey interview, but Morrissey backed out at the last minutes. Printed instead is “Headful Of Heroes”, lists written down by Morrissey. Photos on cover and inside by Kevin Cummins. Issue includes a poster of Morrissey bare chested”

Rockin’ On – May 1989

“A translation in Japanese of the recent James Brown interview from the NME. Cover and inside photos by Lawrence Watson, Kevin Cummins and Tom Sheehan. Also Johnny Marr feature.”

Crossbeat – April 1989

“Article in Japanese, along with a translation of the interview previously published in Record Mirror on 11th February.”

NME – 11-25 February 1989

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“Morrissey interview by James Brown printed over three issues. Cover photo by Lawrence Watson of Morrissey drinking Ecover washing liquid on issue with part one: “Morrissey Comes Clean / Playboy Of The Month”. Topics: “…Famous International Playboys”, fans, Wolverhampton concert, the Smiths split, crime, relationships, being a sex symbol, sexuality, his ‘children’, England, touring, friends, world stardom, television, films and camp.”

Record Mirror – 11 February 1989

“‘Playboy Of The Western World’, a Morrissey interview by Eleanor Levy. Cover and centrespread photos by Lawrence Watson. Topics: the Kray twins, his place in pop music, football, the Wolverhampton gig, the Smiths split, his eyebrows and chin, his epitaph.”

1988

City Life – 22 April 1988

“Morrissey interview by John Naughton. Cover photo by Ian T. Tilton. Topics: the cover photo session (where Morrissey is sitting amongst back issues of the magazine), what Morrissey is currently watching and listening to and his urge to interview Charles Hawtrey.”

The Catalogue – September 1988

“Morrissey interview to coincide with the release of Rank, along with a review of the LP by Nick Kent. Additional interview topics: being on an independent label with The Smiths, promo videos, artwork, and signing to EMI as a solo artist.

This edition of the magazine also included a free 7” flexi disc containing a live version of The Smiths’ “London”, and a handwritten Morrissey poem titled “Poppycocteau” on the flexi’s surface.”

Sounds – 18 June 1988

“‘Private Diary Of A Middle-Aged Man’, Morrissey interview by Shaun Phillips. Cover (‘Confessions Of A Big Mouth’) and inside photos by Mary Scanlon. Topics: ‘Viva Hate’, lyrics, touring, ‘Rank’, collaborations, plans, new songs.”

NME – 13-20 February 1988

“Morrissey interview by Len Brown: “Morrissey Gets It Off His Chest” / “Born To Be Wilde”. Photos by Eammon J. McCabe. Morrissey on cover. Topics: Smiths split, Johnny Marr, the 1985 legal problems with Rough Trade, the current chart thoughts, hip-hop and rap, The Primitives, his acting debut, success, Oscar Wilde, the South Bank Show, old age and politics. The issue also includes news about the new single “Suedehead”.”

Just Seventeen – March 1988

“Featured a two page profile and a fact-file which listed Morrissey’s hobbies as ‘taxidermy and wig upholstery.’ There was also a full page photo, the same as the recent NME cover.”

Fabiola – January 1988

“Interview with Morrissey following The Smiths’ split, by Christian Sevret, with photographs by Paul Slattery and Zybsin Rodak. Morrissey on cover.”

Elle – March 1988

“Very short interview by Elisa Van Poznak titled “Morrissey Strikes Again / The Mouth That Roared”. Full page photo by Kevin Davies.”

Crossbeat – October 1988

“Extensive Smiths/Morrissey history and discography for fans of imported rock. Cover colour photo. Photo credits: cover by Tom Sheehan; article photos by Ron Delaney, Peter Anderson, Kenji Kubo, Jo Novark and Cindy Palmano.”

Ciao 2001 – May 1988

“Condensed Italian translation of the Paul Morley interview that originally appeared in Blitz the previous month.”

Blitz – April 1988

“‘Wilde Child’, interview by Paul Morley. Cover and inside photos by Russell Young. Topics: the death of pop music, his place in the business, his sexuality and his fame.”

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