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Cover art
Mael Mix 10" picture disc.
Name Suedehead
Release 27 February 1988
24 January 2006 (Mael Mix)
21 April 2012 (Mael Mix, 2012)
Length 3:54
6:37 (Mael Mix)
3:35 (Mael Mix, 2012)
Recorded Autumn-Winter 1987
Writer/composer Morrissey/Street
Producer Stephen Street
Art work Geri Caulfield (cover)
Kevin Cummins (Mael Mix cover)
Publisher HMV Records (UK)
Sire Records (US)
EMI Records (Mael Mix)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD, 10" Vinyl Picture Disc (Mael Mix), Digital download (Mael Mix)
Chart position UK #5
Single chronology
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Single (Mael Mix) chronology
Glamorous Glue
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"Suedehead" was Morrissey's debut single as a solo artist. Released on 27 February 1988 by HMV Records, the single came a mere nine weeks after The Smiths' single "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" from their final album, Strangeways, Here We Come. "Suedehead" was produced and co-wrote by Stephen Street, and was the first single released from Morrissey's debut album, Viva Hate.


Recording for Viva Hate commenced at The Wool Hall studios in Bath, England in early October and would last until late December. During one of the sessions, EMI executives stopped by the studio to check up on the recording progress, to which Street played them a rough mix of "Suedehead". The executives responded positively which, according to Street, gave he and Morrissey a better sense of freedom with the album and the confidence that they were heading in the right direction.


Upon release, "Suedehead" reached the #5 slot in the UK charts. With the momentum of a hit single, two weeks later Viva Hate was released and debuted at #1 on the charts.

Track list

7" Vinyl

UK - [HMV POP1618]
US - [Sire/Reprise 9 27907-7]

  1. Suedehead – 3:54 (Morrissey/Street)
  2. I Know Very Well How I Got My Name – 2:01 (Morrissey/Street)

12" Vinyl

UK - [HMV 12POP1618]
US - [Sire/Reprise 9 20877-0]

  1. Suedehead – 3:54
  2. I Know Very Well How I Got My Name – 2:01
  3. Hairdresser On Fire – 3:51 (Morrissey/Street)

CD Single

UK - [HMV CDPOP1618]

Mael / Sparks Mix

"Suedehead", as remixed by Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks (6:37) was released on the Rhino Records UK compilation Future Retro (Jan. 24, 2006)[1].

From the Sparks mailing list (April, 2005)[2]:

Ron and Russell were invited to take part in a themed remix album called The 80’s Remixed on which various artists get to remix another compatible or comparative artist whom they admire. Warner Bros. gave the Maels the choice of remixing a Smiths song or a Morrissey song. They chose to do a unique and extreme 6-1/2 minute remix of “Suedehead”, and Moz happily gave them his blessing. The masterful Mael mix is heavy on vocals and set to a completely different chord progression. The label was gracious enough to let Ron and Russell do their own thing, sparing them the horror of doing a redundant club mix. The album will be released in the UK in April.

10" Picture Disc/Digital Download

On 21 April 2012, in celebration of Record Store Day, EMI released a limited edition 10" picture disc, and a subsequent digital download on 23 April, of "Suedehead" (Mael Mix), edited down from the original version released in 2006 from 6:37 to 3:35. The single also feature two previously unreleased BBC live versions of "We'll Let You Know" and "Now My Heart Is Full", recorded at London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in February 1995.

UK - [Liberty 10LBF15461]

  1. Suedehead (Mael Mix) – 3:35
  2. We'll Let You Know [Live - 26 February 1995, BBC Theatre] – 4:13 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  3. Now My Heart Is Full [Live - 26 February 1995, BBC Theatre] – 4:55 (Morrissey/Boorer)


Why do you come here And why, why do you hang around? I'm so sorry I'm so sorry

Why do you come here When you know it makes Things hard for me? When you know, oh Why do you come?

Why do you telephone And why send me silly notes? I'm so sorry I'm so sorry

Why do you come here When you know it makes Things hard for me? When you know, oh Why do you come?

You had to sneak into my room 'Just' to read my diary It was just to see, just to see All the things you knew I'd written about you Oh so many illustrations

Oh but I'm so very sickened Oh, I am so sickened NOW It was a good lay, good lay It was a good lay, good lay It was a good lay, good lay It was a good lay, good lay It was a good lay, good lay It was a good lay, good lay It was a good lay, it was a good lay It was a good lay, good lay, good lay It was a good lay...

Music Video


Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 343

Morrissey live history:

... further results

Appears On

Cover Versions

Related Items


  1. presley1. (2005-04-11). Future Retro (out Jan. 24) includes "Suedehead" (Sparks mix,) listening party stream. Morrissey-solo. Retrieved from
  2. Sven68. (2005-04-11). "Suedehead" - remix by Sparks to be released on "The 80's Remixed" (April). Morrissey-solo. Retrieved from

Discogs Information


  • Art Direction [Art Co-ordination] - Jo Slee
  • Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music By - Stephen Street
  • Drums - Andrew Paresi
  • Engineer - Steve Williams (6)
  • Guitar, Keyboards - Vini Reilly
  • Lacquer Cut By - Tim Young
  • Layout - Caryn Gough
  • Management - Gail Colson
  • Other [Hair By] - Robert Stanley
  • Photography By [Picture] - Geri Caulfield
  • Producer - Stephen Street
  • Sleeve - Morrissey
  • Voice, Words By - Morrissey


Recorded at the Wool Hall in Bath.

℗ 1988 Original sound recordings made by EMI Records Ltd © 1988 EMI Records Ltd


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Discogs information (additional release)


Versions were released with and without the "Morrissey" sticker on the cover.



Discogs information (additional release)


B1.,B2. *previously unreleased

A: Warner Chappell Music Ltd./EMI Virgin Music Ltd. Mixed at Sparks Studio, Los Angeles. P 2005 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd.

B: 1. Warner Chappell Music Ltd./Sony Music Publishing Ltd. B: 2. Warner Chappell Music Ltd. Recorded live in concert at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane for BBC Radio 1. First Broadcast on 26th February 1995. P 1995 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by the BBC. Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide.

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd. Made in the EU.

Record Store Day 2012 release, limited to 1000 copies


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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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