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"Suedehead" is the debut solo single from Morrissey, released in February 1988.

Single by Morrissey
from the album Viva Hate
Released 15 February 1988
Format 7", 12", CD, cassette
Recorded October – December 1987
Genre Jangle pop[1]
Length 3:54
Label HMV (UK)
Songwriter(s) Morrissey, Stephen Street
Morrissey singles chronology
"Everyday Is Like Sunday"
"Everyday Is Like Sunday"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

The single charted higher than any of the singles released by his former band The Smiths, entering in the UK Singles Chart at No. 6 and then peaking at No.5 the week after.[3] "Suedehead" peaked at No. 2 in Ireland,[4] No. 8 in New Zealand,[5] and reached the top 50 in Germany,[6] the Netherlands,[7] and Australia.[8] The lead track was featured on Morrissey's debut album Viva Hate and the compilation album Bona Drag, the latter of which also featured the B-side "Hairdresser on Fire". The artwork of the single features a photo taken by Geri Caulfield at a Smiths gig at the London Palladium.

The video clip, directed by Tim Broad, features the singer walking through the streets of Fairmount, Indiana,[9] the boyhood city of actor James Dean, including shots of the school where Dean studied and the Park Cemetery, where he is buried. Other allusions to Dean in the video include a child (played by Sam Esty Rayner, Morrissey's nephew, who went on to direct the video for "Kiss Me a Lot" in 2015) delivering to the singer a copy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, Dean's favourite book.[10]

At the beginning of his album Heartbreaker, Ryan Adams argues with David Rawlings about whether or not "Suedehead" is on Viva Hate.


Track listingsEdit

7" vinylEdit

  1. "Suedehead"
  2. "I Know Very Well How I Got My Name"

12" vinylEdit

  1. "Suedehead"
  2. "I Know Very Well How I Got My Name"
  3. "Hairdresser on Fire"

CD and cassetteEdit

  1. "Suedehead"
  2. "I Know Very Well How I Got My Name"
  3. "Hairdresser on Fire"
  4. "Oh Well, I'll Never Learn"
Country Record label Format Catalogue number
UK HMV 7" vinyl POP1618
UK HMV 12" vinyl 12POP1618
UK HMV Compact disc CDPOP1618
UK HMV Cassette TCPOP1618

Etchings on vinylEdit

British 7" and 12": "DREAMS...ARE...JUST...DREAMS"/none


Chart (1988) Peak
Australia (Australian Music Report)[8][11] 45
Germany (Media Control Charts)[6] 29
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 30
New Zealand (Official New Zealand Music Chart)[5] 8
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[3] 5


NME gave the single 'Single of the Week 2' saying that "his vocals hit a pitch that turns your stomach with queasy delight. It makes you feel vulnerable and provokes emotions you've forgotten about." In the 1988 NME Year in Review the song was described as "The best No. 1 '88 never gave us".[12] Ned Raggett of Allmusic described it as "a memorable number, with Street's subtle orchestrations carrying the sweep of the song."[2]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Leivers, Dannii (3 December 2014). "Live Report: Morrissey At The O2 Arena, London". Clash. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Suedehead Review". Allmusic. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Official Charts > Morrissey". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  4. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Suedehead'". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  5. ^ a b " > Morrissey – Suedehead (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  6. ^ a b "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Morrissey – Suedehead (song)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  7. ^ a b " > Morrissey – Suedehead" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  8. ^ a b "Australian Top 50 Singles Chart – Week Ending 15th May, 1988". ARIA. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  9. ^ Bret, David (2004). Morrissey: scandal and passion. London: Robson. p. 105. ISBN 978-1861057877. 
  10. ^ Devereux, Eoin; Dillane, Aileen; Power, Martin J. (2012). Morrissey : fandom, representations and identities. Bristol: Intellect. p. 25. ISBN 978-1841505961. 
  11. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 208. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. the Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  12. ^ NME Suedehead Reviews

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