Hairdresser On Fire

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MORRISSEY song
Name Hairdresser On Fire
Album/single Suedehead
Length 3:51
Writer/composer Morrissey/Street
Producer Stephen Street
Release 15 February 1988

Information

Lyrics

Here is London, giddy of London Is it home of the free, or what?

Can you squeeze me Into an empty page of your diary And psychologically save me? I've got faith in you

I sense the power in the fingers Within an hour, the power Could totally destroy me Or it could save my life

Oh, here is London "Home of the brash outrageous and free" You are repressed But you're remarkably dressed, is it real?

And you're always busy, really busy Busy, busy, oh, oh, hairdresser on fire All around Sloane Square

And you're just so busy Busy, busy, busy scissors, ooh, oh Hairdresser on fire Only the other day

Was a client, over-cautious He made you nervous And when he said "I'm gonna sue you" Oh! I really felt for you

So, can you squeeze me Into an empty page of your diary And supernaturally change me? Change me, change, oh

Here in London "Home of the brash, outrageous and free" You are repressed but You're remarkably dressed, is it real?

And you're always busy Really busy, busy clippers Oh, oh, hairdresser on fire All around Sloane Square

And you're just too busy To see me, busy clippers Oh, oh, hairdresser on fire Only the other day

Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 178

Morrissey live history:

... further results


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Discogs Information

Credits

  • Bass Guitar, Guitar - Stephen Street
  • Cello - Mark Davies (2)
  • Cello - Rachel Maguire
  • Cello - Robert Woollard
  • Drums - Andrew Paresi
  • Engineer - Steve Williams (6)
  • Guitar, Keyboards - Vini Reilly
  • Management - Gail Colson
  • Photography By [Picture By] - Eamon J. McCabe
  • Producer - Stephen Street
  • Viola - John Metcalfe
  • Violin - Fenella Barton
  • Violin - Rick Koster
  • Voice - Morrissey

Notes

Originally issued with the Japanese edition of Viva Hate.

Pressed with black labels, and 非売品 (Promo/Not for Sale) printed on the labels. B-side graphic-etching of Morrissey “HAIRDRESSER ON FIRE” and the silhouette artwork used for the Suedehead single. One-sided, black-&-white, English/Japanese lyric insert included.

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Wikipedia Information

"Suedehead" is the debut solo single of English singer Morrissey, released on 15 February 1988. The 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 during a Smiths gig at the London Palladium. "Suedehead" charted higher than any of the singles released by Morrissey's former band the Smiths, peaking at No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart and reaching the top 10 in Ireland and New Zealand. The music video, directed by Tim Broad, features Morrissey walking through the streets of Fairmount, Indiana, the hometown 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 Morrissey a copy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, Dean's favourite book.

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