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For the subculture that evolved from skinheads, see Suedehead (subculture).
Single by Morrissey
from the album Viva Hate
Released 15 February 1988
Format 7", 12", CD, cassette
Recorded October - December 1987
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:54
Label HMV (UK)
Morrissey singles chronology
"Everyday Is Like Sunday"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

"Suedehead" is 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, reaching number five in the UK Singles Chart. It charted at #30 in The Netherlands and at #8 in New Zealand.[2] 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.

The video clip for this Morrissey single features the singer walking in the streets of Fairmount, Indiana, the boyhood city of James Dean. In the video are also featured the school where James Dean studied and the Park Cemetery, where the actor is buried.

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl[edit]

  1. "Suedehead"
  2. "I Know Very Well How I Got My Name"

12" vinyl[edit]

  1. "Suedehead"
  2. "I Know Very Well How I Got My Name"
  3. "Hairdresser on Fire"

CD and cassette[edit]

  1. "Suedehead"
  2. "I Know Very Well How I Got My Name"
  3. "Hairdresser on Fire"
  4. "Oh Well, I'll Never Learn"
Country Record label Format Catalogue number
UK HMV 7" vinyl POP1618
UK HMV 12" vinyl 12POP1618
UK HMV Compact disc CDPOP1618
UK HMV Cassette TCPOP1618

Etchings on vinyl[edit]

British 7" and 12": "DREAMS...ARE...JUST...DREAMS"/none


NME gave the single 'Single of the Week 2' saying that "his vocals hit a pitch that turns your stomach with queasy delight. It makes you feel vulnerable and provokes emotions you've forgotten about." In the 1988 NME Year in Review the song was described as "The best No. 1 '88 never gave us".[3] Ned Raggett of Allmusic described it as "a memorable number, with Street's subtle orchestrations carrying the sweep of the song."[1]


Live performances[edit]

The song was performed live by Morrissey on his 1991, 1992, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2014 and 2015 tours.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Suedehead Review". Allmusic. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Chart Position @ Retrieved June 2009
  3. ^ NME Suedehead Reviews

External links[edit]