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Born: 1959-05-22
Profession: Musician
Nation: English
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Racism is beyond common sense and has no place in our society.

Tags: Place, Racism, Society

Smiths songs certainly have an astonishing afterlife.

Tags: Afterlife, Songs

The rhino is now more or less extinct, and it's not because of global warming or shrinking habitats. It's because of Beyonce's handbags.

Tags: Global, Less, Shrinking

Women don't go to war to kill other women. Wars and armies and nuclear weapons are essentially heterosexual hobbies.

Tags: Nuclear, War, Women

You may not realize this, but people have the power to change the world.

Tags: Change, May, Power

Any criticism of Thatcher throws a dangerously absurd light on the entire machinery of British politics. Thatcher's name must be protected, not because of all the wrong that she had done, but because the people around her allowed her to do it.

Tags: Done, Light, Politics

As a very small child I found recorded noise and the solitary singer beneath the spotlight so dramatic and so brave... walking the plank... willingly... It was sink or swim. The very notion of standing there, alone, I found beautiful.

Tags: Alone, Beautiful, Small

I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event. Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism? The 'dazzling royals' have, quite naturally, hi-jacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press.

Tags: Free, Patriotism, Voice

I began to go to concerts when I was 12 years old. And I would stand there, the small imp that I was, and I would expect the world to be laid before me by these artists, and in some cases it was. So when I climbed onto the stage, I always imagined that I was singing to somebody who was similar to how I had been.

Tags: Old, Small, Stand

I don't want to get too involved in marketing budgets, online promotions and download set-ups because it would be a bit like Gertrude Stein mapping out a TV campaign. I want to sing. I want visibility. I am essentially Al Martino, not Seymour Stein.

Tags: Bit, Marketing, Sing

I first bought a Buffy Sainte-Marie record when I was 12, and her music has always remained with me. In the 1960s, as a political activist, Buffy's lyrics were fearless, and I'm very grateful for all the risks that she took.

Tags: Grateful, Music, Political

I would find the idea of compiling a set-list that doesn't wildly excite me to be too restricting. The fire in the belly is essential, otherwise you become Michael Buble - famous and meaningless.

Tags: Become, Famous, Fire

I'm fascinated by people in their eighties and nineties. Especially those who are still creating and living in an interesting way. I am fascinated by them because they have so much to say now that they've lived for so long.

Tags: Creating, Lived, Living

If anyone has seen the horrific and unwatchable footage of the Chinese cat and dog trade - animals skinned alive - then they could not possibly argue in favour of China as a caring nation. There are no animal protection laws in China, and this results in the worst animal abuse and cruelty on the planet. It is indefensible.

Tags: Alive, Caring, Nation

My parents were worried about me, certainly when I became so deeply interested in music and people like the New York Dolls who, at the time, were very peculiar indeed.

Tags: Music, Parents, Time

That was the problem with the 'celibate' word because they don't consider for a moment that you'd rather not be, but you just are. I was never a sexual person.

Tags: Moment, Problem, Rather

The paradox is that I have no love for myself as a human being, but I have immense pride in the music I make, and I believe it has an important place. Others do, too, and the thousands of people with Morrissey tattoos certainly proves something.

Tags: Human, Love, Music

War, I thought, was the most negative aspect of male heterosexuality. If more men were homosexual, there would be no wars, because homosexual men would never kill other men, whereas heterosexual men love killing other men.

Tags: Love, Men, War

We're all lonely, but I'd rather be lonely by myself than with a long list of duties and obligations. I think that's why people kill themselves, really.

Tags: Lonely, Rather, Why

When you're younger, you see the people who are in power and think they must have that position because of some degree of skill. And as you get older, you realize it's not true, that most people in those positions are absolutely inept. And this naturally makes you feel better about yourself.

Tags: Power, True, Yourself

Whether it be Beyonce or Justin Bieber, we see singers who have absolutely nothing to offer anyone as they walk off stage clutching three Grammys in each hand.

Tags: Anyone, Off, Three

With the issue of immigration, it's very difficult because, although I don't have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England, the more the British identity disappears.

Tags: Against, Difficult, Identity

Age shouldn't affect you. It's just like the size of your shoes - they don't determine how you live your life! You're either marvellous or you're boring, regardless of your age.

Tags: Age, Boring, Life

Long hair is an unpardonable offense which should be punishable by death.

Tags: Death, Hair, Offense

I normally live in Los Angeles, if you can call it normal living.

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I do think it's possible to go through life and never fall in love, or find someone who loves you.

Tags: Life, Love, Someone
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Age gives you a great sense of proportion. You can be very hard on yourself when you're younger but now I just think 'well everybody's absolutely mad and I'm doing quite well'.

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You have to, at least from a distance, look as if you know what you're doing, and I can manage that.

Tags: Distance, Manage

When I'm lying in my bed I think about life and I think about death and neither one particularly appeals to me.

Tags: Bed, Death, Life

Artists aren't really people. And I'm actually 40 per cent papier mache.

Tags: Actually, Artists, Cent

I've never intended to be controversial but it's very easy to be controversial in pop music because nobody ever is.

Tags: Easy, Music, Nobody

Not everybody is absolutely stupid. Why on earth would I be racist, what would I be trying to achieve?

Tags: Stupid, Trying, Why

That's why I do this music business thing, it's communication with people without having the extreme inconvenience of actually phoning anybody up.

Tags: Business, Music, Why

The Smiths was an incredibly personal thing to me. It was like launching your own diary to music.

Tags: Diary, Music, Personal

British politics, as the world knows, is a joke. Yet it's rarely funny.

Tags: Funny, Joke, Politics

Congratulations to Prince Charles for banning foie gras from all his functions.

Tags: Banning, Charles, Prince

Each year of life brings us nearer to our decline, but I will continue to seek a listener until I'm dead in a ditch.

Tags: Dead, Life, Year

I do maintain that if your hair is wrong, your entire life is wrong.

Tags: Hair, Life, Wrong

I don't even know if I exist offstage.

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I have found the best way to avoid ending your life as a bitter wreck is to start out as one.

Tags: Best, Life, Start

I never imagined I'd be a solo artist. And now I couldn't imagine being part of a group.

Tags: Artist, Group, Imagine

I think we were all initially swept along with the Obama win, but he's proven to be simply a set of teeth, and useless in every other regard.

Tags: Along, Simply, Win

I'm cursed with the gift of foresight.

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Killing a stag is like killing a child. What's the difference?

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No British politician has ever been more despised by the British people than Margaret Thatcher.

Tags: British, Despised, Politician

Obviously Madonna reinforces everything absurd and offensive.

Tags: Absurd, Madonna, Offensive

Peru, Peru. My heart's lighthouse.

Tags: Heart, Lighthouse, Peru
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