Who's Who ?


Last Updated : 2001/05/03

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Allman, Rob
Johnny Marr's first writing partner, in the band White Dice.

Babylon Books
Published Morrissey's books.

Bedford, Mark (a.k.a. "Bedders")
Morrissey's one-time bassist for Kill Uncle, and formerly a member of Madness.

Bellis, Pat
Rough Trade's press officer.

Bragg, Billy
Marr conspirator. Covered Panic, Ask, and several other Smiths songs.

Black, Cilla
60's pop artist. The Smiths covered one of her songs, Work Is A Four-Letter Word.

Bolan, Marc
T-Rex frontman who wrote a song covered by Morrissey, Cosmic Dancer.

Bollock Brothers, The
Whom The Smiths were amazed to find themselves supporting on a European tour date.

Boorer, Lyn Wife of Boz Boorer. Former member of the The Shillelagh Sisters. Plays double bass in Sonny George's band.

Boorer, Martin (Boz)
Plays guitar, writes with, and sings backing vocals for Morrissey solo. Former member of The Polecats. Has also written songs with and played for Adam Ant. When not playing in Morrissey's band he along with his wife Lyn can be found playing with Sonny George, ex-frontman of the Planet Rockers. The Planet Rockers opened for Morrissey on a leg of his 1991 tour. His website is http://www.boz.dircon.co.uk/.

Bowie, David
Seminal influence on Morrissey. A solo artist with his golden years in the 70's; had a distinct effect on the young Steven. Later covered I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday.

Brady, Ian
One of the Moors Murderers, along with Myra Hindley (see Suffer Little Children).

Bridgwood, Johnny
A classically trained bassist that replaced Gary Day after he was sacked. Bridgwood left the band after the 1997 Maladjusted tour.

Brown, Angie
Johnny Marr's wife.

Burns, Pete
The lead singer of Dead Or Alive and Morrissey had a "pop star" friendship in 1985. Burns appeared at several "Meat Is Murder" shows. At The Royal Albert Hall he sang a duet with Moz on Barbarism. They were interviewed together in 'Smash Hits' in a hilarious piece of camp innuendo - according to Rogan.

Bushell, Garry
Idiot who penned a piece in "Sounds" about the child sex scandal.

Cantona, Eric
Footballing favourite of Morrissey, played for Manchester United.

Carrack, Paul
Played on The Smiths.

Cartel, The
Geoff Travis' distribution company.

Coates, Ann
Fictional character, a pun on an area of Manchester, credited with the backing vocals for Bigmouth Strikes Again (in reality a speeded-up tape of Morrissey's vocal).

Cobrin, Spencer James
Drummer for Morrissey solo, from 1991 to 1997, previously in The Memphis Sinners with Gary Day. Also co-wrote Wide To Receive and Lost. Currently in a New York City-based band called Elva Snow.

Cookies, The
Band who did the song covered by The Smiths, I Want A Boy For My Birthday.

Cowie, Phil
The Smith's tour manager.

Cummins, Kevin
NME's chief photographer, based in Manchester in the early '80s. Photographed The Smiths in September 1983 for their first NME cover. A last-minute decision was made to go with a Big Country cover instead.

Cunliffe, Grant
One of The Smiths' soundmen.

Dannell, Debbie
Originally a hair & make up artist, she now doubles as Morrissey's personal assistant.

Davalos, Richard
Starred with James Dean in "East of Eden". Cover star of Strangeways, Here We Come.

Day, Gary
Played bass guitar for Morrissey solo before he was sacked. Previous bands The Memphis Sinners, The Gazmen, The Sharks, The Caravans, The Nitros and the bizarrely named Frantic Flintstones. Particularly noticeable for his tattoos. Was re-hired in 1999 for Morrissey's Oye Esteban tour.

Defoe, Martha
Rough Trade employee who helped The Smiths in an organisational capacity.

Doonan, Patric
Name-checked in Now My Heart Is Full, he was an actor from the 1940's who appears in the film "Cockleshell Heroes" (the same film from which Maladjusted gets the Anthony Newley quote).

Duffy, Billy
Guitarman from The Cult, the original member along with vocalist Ian Astbury. Billy's connection to Morrissey comes through his old band "The Nosebleeds", for which Morrissey once joined as a singer for a brief period.

Durkin, Bobby
Member of White Dice.

El Vez
See Robert Lopez.

Elva Snow
Spencer Cobrin's band. He plays guitar rather than drums.

Fall, The
Manchester band, contemporaneous with The Smiths. The Smiths were support for them; months later, The Fall supported them.

Farley, Andy
Member of The Hoax.

Ferrari, Nick
Slimy Sun reporter whose piece "Child Sex Song Puts Beeb In A Spin" started ... you know what.

Ferry, Bryan
Ex Roxy Music frontman, became friend of Marr's during 1986. He also added lyrics to the instrumental Money Changes Everything, calling it "The Right Stuff" and released it as a single, featuring Johnny on guitar. The B-side is an instrumental version oddly credited only to Bryan Ferry...

Gannon, Craig
"5th member" who provided 2nd guitar in live shows and was the temporary replacement bassist when Andy Rourke was sacked. Used to play with Aztec Camera, and Colourfield.

Gough, Caryn
Worked on the sleeve artwork for The Smiths.

Hando, Stoney
Morrissey signed off a press release for Maladjusted using this name which is the name of a skinhead character in the Australian film "Romper Stomper".

Heart, Steve
Played on Kill Uncle, notably the bizarre sound effects in The Harsh Truth Of The Camera Eye.

Herman's Hermits
60's Manchester band. Morrissey covered their song, East West.

Hindley, Myra
One of the Moors Murderers, with Ian Brady (see Suffer Little Children).

Hoax, The
Mike Joyce's original band.

Hood, Fred
Grant Showbiz's co-conspirator, drummer and friend of Marr's. Played drums with The Smiths on The Draize Train and How Soon Is Now? at Brixton Academy in October 1986.

Hughes, Sean
Comedian and Morrissey fan. His old show "Sean's Show" regularly featured Morrissey-related jokes.

Hynde, Chrissie
Morrissey-collaborator and frontperson of The Pretenders, singing on My Love Life.

Jablonska, Annalisa
Sang on Suffer Little Children and Pretty Girls Make Graves.

Jam, The
Three-piece band fronted by Paul Weller. Morrissey covered their song That's Entertainment .

James
Smiths-contemporary band, with mutual admiration. The Smiths covered their song What's The World ? live.

Jake
See Walters, Jake.

Jarman, Derek
Ex-director who did a short film backed by the songs The Queen Is Dead, Panic, and There Is A Light That Never Goes Out. The video was done without The Smiths' collaboration, although the band did meet Jarman several times under other circumstances.

Jensen, David "Kid"
Radio DJ who broadcast several Smiths sessions.

Joyce, Mike
The Smiths' drummer, formerly of The Hoax.

Kirk, Kris
Journalist who wrote an article complaining about Morrissey's sexual ambiguity when he uses gay icons on the front of The Smith's record covers.

Lillywhite, Steve
Morrissey's long-time producer.

Lopez, Robert AKA El Vez. Opened for Morrissey for the Santa Barbara show on the 1999 Oye Esteban tour. Morrissey has stated in several interviews that he is a fan of his. Lopez also played in a gothic reggae band called Catholic Discipline with Phranc on vocals. See http://members.aol.com/elvezco/.

Lorca
Spencer Cobrin and Alain Whyte's band.

Ludus
Band fronted by Morrissey's friend, Linder Sterling.

MacColl, Kirsty
Sang on Ask and Interesting Drug. Married to Steve Lillywhite.

Maker, James
Friend of Morrissey's during the early days of The Smiths. Appeared as a go-go dancer with The Smiths at some of the early gigs.

Mardy, Steve
Member of The Hoax.

Marr, Johnny
Originally John Maher. The brilliant tunesmith of, er, The Smiths.

McCullough, Dave
Foolish Smiths-friendly reporter who started the whole child sex thing due to an unfortunate misinterpretation.

Memphis Sinners, The
Band that once boasted Alain Whyte, Gary Day and Spencer James Cobrin.

Mitchell, Craig
Member of White Dice.

Morrisey, Paul
Director of Andy Warhol's Flesh, from which a still was taken for the cover of The Smiths.

Morrissey, Steven Patrick
Amazingly enough, the lead singer of The Smiths.

Moir, Jim
AKA Vic Reeves, a comedian who covered versions of Smiths songs in humorous ways, and created the quite brilliant character "Morrissey the Consumer Monkey". He also sang on Morrissey's cover of That's Entertainment.

Moss, Joe
In 1982, Moss was the 40-year-old manager of Crazy Face, a clothes shop in Manchester's Chapel Walks. Johnny Marr worked next door at X Clothes. Moss managed The Smiths from autumn 1982 until the end of 1983. Joe Moss now manages Manchester band Marion, whose hit single "Sleep" bore an uncanny resemblance to Hand In Glove.

Muir, John
Head of Babylon Books.

Nevin, Mark E.
Wrote the music for several Morrissey songs, notably most (all ?) of Kill Uncle. Formerly of Fairground Attraction.

Newley, Anthony
Actor whose line "On this glorious occasion of the splendid defeat" in the film "Cockleshell Heroes" was used in the Morrissey song Maladjusted.

New York Dolls, The
70's punk band, much admired by Morrissey. Morrissey covered their song Trash on the Kill Uncle tour.

Nosebleeds, The
Manchester punk band, briefly had Morrissey as vocalist.

O'Hara, Mary Margaret
Did the eerie vocals on November Spawned A Monster. She released an album called "Miss America".

Paresi, Andrew
Viva Hate, Bona Drag, and Kill Uncle. As of 1998, he is also known as Raymond Sinclair, the only vaguely funny thing on the UK Radio 1's Morning Show.

Peel, John
Radio DJ who recorded several sessions with The Smiths and gave them their first big radio break.

Phranc
Opened for Morrissey for part of the 1991 Kill Uncle Tour. Also appears (topless) in the Kill Uncle Tour programme.

Piering, Scott
The Smiths' record plugger, and later caretaker manager.

Porter, John
The Smiths' producer for a time.

Reeves, Vic
See Moir, Jim.

Reilly, Vini
Worked on Viva Hate, and does solo work as Durutti Column. The Durutti Column album "Vini Reilly" came with a limited seven-inch of I Know Very Well How I Got My Note Wrong.

Riff, Eddie
Morrissey's hotel sign-in name during 1992, and during the 2000 South American tour.

Rogan, Johnny
Author of the controversial Smiths biog, "Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance". Morrissey famously claimed to hate the book, despite his help and reviewing of the book, hoping that "Johnny Rogan ends his days very soon in an M3 pile-up".

Ronson, Mick
Bowie's old guitarist. Produced Your Arsenal. Sadly died of cancer in 1994.

Rothwell, Talbot
Pseudonym Morrissey used when writing notes for Jo Slee; he is the writer of many of the "Carry On ..." films so beloved of Moz.

Rough Trade
The Smiths' first record company, headed by Geoff Travis. Originally a record shop, it evolved into the record company, along with related distribution company, The Cartel.

Rourke, Andy
Of course, The Smiths' bassist. Sacked temporarily for problems related to his heroin addiction.

Sack
A 5 piece (unsigned) band from Ireland that opened for Morrissey on the European leg of his Oye Esteban Tour. See http://www.sacktheband.com.

Shaw, Sandie
60's artist whose career was resurrected when asked to sing on Hand In Glove, which later went on to chart in the Top 30.

Showbiz, Grant
See Cunliffe, Grant.

Siouxsie Sioux
Singer of Siouxsie and the Banshees, and one-time Morrissey collaborator with Interlude.

Slee, Jo
Helped with the sleeve design for both The Smiths and Morrissey releases. Author of lush, interesting and sadly out-of-print book Peepholism: Into The Art Of Morrissey.

Smart, Elizabeth
Author of prose classic "By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept", obviously a favourite of Morrissey's, as you can read here .

Smith, Richard
Journalist who wrote an article complaining about Morrissey's sexual ambiguity when he uses gay icons on the front of The Smith's record covers.

Smith, Robert
Lead singer of classic band The Cure, and famous Morrissey enemy. Their long-running and public feud includes some classic quotes from both sides, the most immortal being Robert's "If Morrissey says don't eat meat, then I'll eat meat, because I hate Morrissey".

Smith, Spike T.
Morrissey's current drummer. Formerly of The Damned and London based band Jolt.

Sterling, Linder
One of Morrissey's oldest friends, and frontwoman of Ludus. Also sang backing vocals on Driving Your Girlfriend Home.

Street, Stephen
One of The Smiths' producers and co-writer with Morrissey solo.

Suede
Band much trumpeted by Morrissey when they appeared on the scene in the early 90's. Morrissey sometimes covered their song My Insatiable One on tour.

Suggs
From the 70's group, Madness. Did guest vocals on Piccadilly Palare, then went on to achieve wide-spread loathing by ruining such classics as "I'm Only Sleeping" with half-cock reggae chart-licking versions.

Tate, Troy
Originally intended to produce The Smiths.

Thatcher, Margaret
British Prime Minister throughout the 80's and subject of Margaret On The Guillotine.

Travis, Geoff
Head honcho of The Smiths' first record label, Rough Trade.

Twinkle
60's artist who wrote a song covered by The Smiths, Golden Lights.

Walters, Jake
Jake Walters was Morrissey's personal assistant from '92-'94. During this time they became very good friends, and there were/are tons of rumours of the two being MORE than just friends. They had a falling out in late '95 and have not spoken since (or so sources says).

Weaver, Mick
Played on The Smiths.

White Dice
Johnny Marr's previous band.

Whitehead, Sheridan
Morrissey nom-de-plume pre-Smiths, taken from the film "The Man Who Came To Dinner". I'm a bit confused about whether this should be Whitehead or Whiteside, anyone care to correct me ?

Whittall, Paul
Member of White Dice.

Whores in Retirement
FIXME

Whyte, Alain
Plays guitar for, writes with, and sing backing vocals for Morrissey solo. Was in The Memphis Sinners. Is also in a band called Johnny Panic.

Wilde,Oscar
Nineteenth-century Irish playwright, poet, humourist and writer. One of Morrissey's more important influences, Wilde's life ended in tragedy after a conviction for homosexuality. Read everything he has ever done, now.

Wickham, Vicki
Former music producer and songwriter she was Morrissey's manager for the Maladjusted era until he fired her. Former manager to Marc Almond, Dusty Springfield, and "The Lunch Lady" For more info, see http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,3936463,00.html.

Wright, Steve
Vile DJ who became the topic of Panic after following up a news item about the Chernobyl disaster with the equally vile "I'm Your Man" by Wham!. Steve Wright is also responsible for a Morrissey parody song.

Wright, Steven
After impressing Morrissey with his live photography, the Manchester-based Wright was hired for the famous Salford Lads Club shot for the inside sleeve of The Queen Is Dead. Also photographed the Strangeways sign. Not to be confused with Steve Wright ... EVER.


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