1. Morrissey was born Steven Patrick Morrissey in 1959 to a hospital porter father and librarian mother.
2. Morrissey initially wanted to be a music journalist and busied himself writing concert reviews under the pseudonym Sheridan Whiteside. He also wrote books about James Dean and glam-rockers the New York Dolls.
3. Morrissey ditched his first name when he embarked on a serious music career. He explains: “The thing was that I was always getting called Steve. And I was never a Steve. I thought, well, I only need one name anyway. And it was such an unusual name that I thought I wouldn't ever be confused with anybody else.”
4. Where did The Smiths get their moniker? Rumour has it that Morrissey came up with "The Smiths", "Smiths Family" and "Smithdom" as a reaction against bands with pretentious names. He asked guitarist Johnny Marr to take his pick and the rest is history.
5. Morrissey took anti-depressants from the age of 17 but considers his black moods a sign of intelligence. "It's a positive thing to be," he insists. "It means that you're not a crashing bore. I mean, you don't get support groups for rugby players, do you?"
6. Morrissey spent several years living in LA but moved to Rome in 2005 after claiming he heard a voice in his head telling him to do so. He also says he was forced to leave LA after fans found out where he lived. Hmm. We suspect the latter explanation is closer to the mark.
7. Morrissey was particularly miffed when a critic accused him of "conveying all the worst aspects of bestiality fused with homosexuality". He moans: “As if simply conveying basic bestiality couldn't satisfy me - but no, I had to plunge for the very worst aspects!”
8. Celebs to suffer a tongue lashing from Morrissey include Jamie Oliver, Madonna, Elton John, Tony Wilson, Robert Smith, George Michael, Vic Reeves, Clarissa Dickson-Wright... The list goes on. He's not too keen on the Brit Awards or long hair either, while we're at it!
9. Morrissey remains defiant after a judge accused him of being "devious, truculent and unreliable" following his court row over royalties with ex-bandmates Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce. He says: "I think they were lucky [to get any money]. I believe that if Andy and Mick had had another singer they would never have gotten further than Salford shopping centre.” Miaoww!
10. Morrissey says performing is the only time in his life that he feels right about himself. He admits: "Otherwise, I don't have any function at all as a human being. I'm not sure if I even exist offstage."
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