Suedehead (3:54)

Cover of Viva Hate

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“Suedehead” was the debut solo single from Morrissey, released in February 1988.

The single charted higher than any of the singles released by his former band The Smiths, peaking at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart, and remains one of Morrissey’s most well-known songs. 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.

Suedeheads were a subculture that grew out from the original 1960s skinhead movement. The lyrics of the Morrissey song are unrelated to that topic.

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