Morrissey Interviews

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

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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