Radio sessions


circa November 1987 - John Peel Show (UK, BBC Radio One)
Morrissey went into the Maida Vale studios to record a 4-song session for John Peel's programme, but it was never completed nor broadcast. Very little is known about the sessions, besides the fact that it included "Suedehead" and "Margaret On The Guillotine".

4 June 1991 - KROQ 106.7 (Los Angeles, USA)
There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends
My Love Life
Sing Your Life
Recorded the day before. Morrissey's band members were also interviewed. The songs have been officially released, without the interviews, but with messages from fans to Morrissey tagged at the end, on the "At KROQ" single. The full recording leaked on the internet includes the interviews and a first botched take of "There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends".

16 August 1997 - Modern Rock Live (Y107, Los Angeles, USA)
Roy's Keen
Trouble Loves Me
Satan Rejected My Soul
Alma Matters
Interview by Tom Calderone plus call-ins.
Read transcript of the interview offsite at It May All End Tomorrow

3 October 2002 - Janice Long (BBC2, UK)
The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores
Irish Blood, English Heart
I Like You
Morrissey interviewed by Janice Long between performances. Topics: home, being on the road, Los Angeles, modern communications, Pop Idol and crashing bores, self-releasing music and shopping for labels, the current music business, his parents, the writing process and inspirations, watching others, his autobiography, the court case, Manchester, fans, singing, his love life, Tony Blair.
Read transcript offsite at Morrissey-solo

19 May 2004 - Zane Lowe (BBC1, UK)
Irish Blood, English Heart
First Of The Gang To Die
Shoplifters Of The World Unite
Morrissey was also interviewed by Zane Lowe between performances. Topics: return to the spotlight and being away, the new album, producer Jerry Finn, the Attack label, England and America, upcoming Manchester concert and tour, astrology, past works, the Smiths, Franz Ferdinand and the current music scene.

19 May 2004 - Peel session (BBC1, UK)
Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice
No One Can Hold A Candle To You

17 December 2004 - Janice Long (BBC2, UK)
I'm Playing Easy To Get
Redondo Beach
Noise Is The Best Revenge
It's Hard To Walk Tall When You're Small
Morrissey was also interviewed by Janice Long. The latter two numbers were officially released on the "Redondo Beach" single.

11 February 2009 - BBC Radio 2 Live (BBC2, UK)
Something Is Squeezing My Skull
Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed
Black Cloud
This Charming Man
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Best Friend On The Payroll
That's How People Grow Up
Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself
The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores
One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell
Reader Meet Author
Seasick Yet Still Docked
Sorry Doesn't Help
I Keep Mine Hidden
I'm Ok By Myself
All You Need Is Me (off air)
First Of The Gang To Die (off air)
This mini-concert for the BBC was preceded by a Morrissey interview by Stuart Maconie. Interview topics: the new album "Years Of Refusal", success and recognition via awards, mortality, the Smiths' catalogue and legacy, not reforming the Smiths, the effect of his music on his fans, being in the public eye, his working methods, the current crop of popular musicians, his voice, being a singer. Following the radio broadcast, the mini-concert was made available in audio and video from the BBC Radio 2 webpage. The final two songs were never broadcast in any form.

15 June 2011 - Janice Long (BBC2, UK)
Action Is My Middle Name
The Kid's A Looker
People Are The Same Everywhere
Recorded on 10 June 2011. All three songs were officially released on the 2013 reissue of the single "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys".