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Boz Boorer
Birth name Martin James Boorer
Born (1962-05-19) 19 May 1962 (age 56)
Edgware, Middlesex, England
Genres Rockabilly, pop, rock and roll
Occupation(s) Guitarist, composer, singer-songwriter
Years active 1978–present
Labels EMI, RCA Victor, Mercury, Vee-Jay, Sanctuary Records Fabrique Records
Associated acts Morrissey
The Polecats
Adam Ant
Kirsty MacColl
Edwyn Collins

Martin James "Boz" Boorer (born 19 May 1962 in Edgware, Middlesex, England) is an English guitarist and producer most known for his work founding the new wave rockabilly group, The Polecats, and later for his work as a co-writer, guitarist and musical director with Morrissey for which he is principally known today.


The PolecatsEdit

The band "Cult Heroes" was formed in 1977 by Tim Worman (known as Tim Polecat, vocalist), Boz Boorer (guitarist and vocalist), Phil Bloomberg (bassist), and Chris Hawkes (drummer). After finding much difficulty persuading promoters to book them on the rockabilly circuit with a name sounding "too punk"[citation needed], they adopted Hawkes' suggested band name The Polecats. Hawkes was later replaced by Neil Rooney. Three years after forming, the band signed to the fledgling British rockabilly record label Nervous Records, and released the single "Rockabilly Guy" in 1979.[1]

By 1980 the Polecats had signed to Mercury Records. That same year they released their most successful LP, Polecats Are Go! The band had UK chart success with a David Bowie cover "John, I'm Only Dancing", a reworking of "Rockabilly Guy", and another cover version of the T.Rex song "Jeepster".[2] In 1983, they entered the charts in the United States with their song "Make a Circuit With Me." Shortly after this, John Buck replaced Neil Rooney on drums. Boorer left the group in the same year[3] but led a Polecats reunion in 1989, which produced a live album and a new studio set. Raucous Records released a compilation album of Boz Boorer's work entitled Between The Polecats in early 2001. The band continue to tour when time permits, with the most recent gig being at The Hot Rod Hayride in Bisley, Surrey, UK on 30 July 2016.[4][5]


Boorer, along with guitarist Alain Whyte, joined Morrissey in 1991 when the singer assembled a new band tour in promotion of his album Kill Uncle. Along with Whyte, he is credited with successfully synthesizing jangle pop and American rockabilly to create a new sound for Morrissey that helped to revitalize his career.[6][7] Since 1991, Boorer has worked not only as one of Morrissey's co-writers and guitarists but also as the band's musical director.[citation needed]

In 1994, Boorer produced for the first time a record for Morrissey: it was for the single "Interlude", a duet between Morrissey and Siouxsie,[8] a one-off released under the banner of both artists. Boorer notably directed the strings section.

Solo career and other workEdit

Boorer has also found the time to release solo material between his recording and touring. In 2008 Boorer released the album Miss Pearl. Besides having a solo career, writing and playing for Morrissey and touring occasionally with the Polecats, Boorer has also worked with other artists, including Adam Ant, Kirsty MacColl, Joan Armatrading, Jools Holland, and Edwyn Collins. He also worked with his wife's band the Shillelagh Sisters between 1983 and 1998.

In 2009 Boz produced the debut EP by Tiguana Bibles, "Child of the Moon". Boz and Lyn also own a studio in Portugal, Serra Vista Studio which has been extremely busy in 2010. In the Summer of 2010 Boorer recorded, produced and mixed Portuguese garage/blues/rock band Murdering Tripping Blues' second album "Share the Fire".

In 2011 Happy Martyr was formed with rapper Alex Lusty. The plan was to record some acoustic, stripped-down hip hop which Boorer describes as ‘an MC fronting early Tyrannosaurus Rex. The albums One Square Mile and Nothing Like Love were released in 2012 and 2014 respectively.

In August 2012 Boz released his fourth solo album "Some of the Parts" and the single "Slippery Forces" on Fabrique Records. The song "Saunders Ferry Lane" features the vocals of James Maker, "Sunday Morning Coming Down" is a cover of the Kris Kristofferson song, John Moore (of Black Box Recorder, The Jesus and Mary Chain) appears as a special guest on diverse instruments.

In June 2014 Boz teamed up with Art Brut (band) singer Eddie Argos for a new solo single "Girl From Atlanta", which has also been included on his latest solo album "Age Of Boom" in 2016 for Fabrique Records.

Personal lifeEdit

Boorer has been married to Lyn since 1981, and they have two daughters: Pearl-May and Billie-Rose.[9]

Songwriting credits with MorrisseyEdit


The PolecatsEdit

  • "Rockabilly Guy" (1979)
  • "John I'm Only Dancing" (1981) #35 UK
  • "Rockabilly Guy" #35 UK
  • "Jeepster" #53 UK
  • "Make A Circuit With Me" (1983) #76 UK

Shillelagh SistersEdit


† Written by Boorer

Morrissey & SiouxsieEdit

Happy MartyrEdit

  • "Sleep Tight" (2011)
  • "Painkillers" (2012)
  • "Kiss Me Like You Stole It" (2012)
  • "Christmas Kisses" (2012)
  • "Empty Handed" (2013)
  • "All Lies Lead To The Truth" (2014)


  • "Slippery Forces" (2012)
  • "Girl From Atlanta (feat. Eddie Argos)" (2014)
  • "Age Of Boom" (2016)


The PolecatsEdit

  • Polecats are Go! (1981)
  • Live in Hamburg (1981)
  • Cult Heroes (1984)
  • Live and Rockin' (1989)
  • Won't Die (1996)
  • Nine (1997)
  • Pink Noise (1999)
  • The Best of the Polecats (2000)
  • Rockabilly Guys: The Best of the Polecats (2001)
  • Not Nervous! Rare 1980 Demos Remastered (2006)
  • Rockabilly Cats (2008)

Shillelagh SistersEdit


John's ChildrenEdit

Happy MartyrEdit

  • One Square Mile (2012)
  • Nothing Like Love (2014)


  • Between the Polecats (2001)
  • My Wild Life (2003)
  • Miss Pearl (2008)
  • Some of the Parts (2012)
  • Age Of Boom (2016)


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  4. ^ Morrison, Craig. Go cat go!: rockabilly music and its makers, p. 239 (1998) (ISBN 978-0-252-06538-5)
  5. ^ LeRoy, Dan. The Greatest Music Never Sold, p. 213 (2007) (ISBN 978-0-87930-905-3)
  6. ^ "Newsday - The Long Island and New York City News Source". 1991-07-12. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived 18 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
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  9. ^ "Boz Boorer Bio". Boz Boorer Website. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  10. ^ "Black & White - Record Collector Magazine". 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  11. ^ "Mod Speed: John's Children; a new album". 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 

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