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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

Appears On


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.

Images

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Wikipedia Information

"Suedehead" is a 1988 single by English singer Morrissey, released on 15 February 1988. Co-written by Morrissey and former Smiths producer Stephen Street, the song was Morrissey's first solo release after the Smiths break-up. Morrissey was inspired lyrically by the suedehead subculture, recalling an individual from his teenage years in the context of the movement. Street, who had originally sought to contribute his musical ideas to Morrissey to use for Smiths B-sides, also contributed bass guitar, while Vini Reilly and Andrew Paresi rounded out his new solo band. "Suedehead" 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". Upon release, the song saw commercial success, reaching number five in the UK, as well as rave reviews for its Smiths-esque musicianship and the new Morrissey-Street writing team. Encouraged by the success of the single, Morrissey would continue working with Street for subsequent singles and the rest of Viva Hate. Since its release, "Suedehead" has become one of Morrissey's most successful songs and remains critically acclaimed by modern writers.

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