Top 7 Artists I’d like to See Morrissey Collaborate With

Morrissey in 2011

Here’s a bit of old news that you may or may not know: Steven Patrick Morrissey (also known as “The Moz”, “The Pope of Mope”, and “The Divine Mr. M.”) is one of, if not the, greatest voices in British indie rock. Since emerging from the murky, post-industrial UK city of Manchester in the early 80s with the celebrated Smiths, Morrissey has been worshiped by fans (his “disciples”) and has yet to make a dud record since going solo in 1987. However, according to a new interview, it appears Morrissey is without a record label to put out his new material. That got me thinking: what if he teamed up with some of the other great artists and put out new material on their labels? There’s no lack of talent these days that I feel would mesh well with The Moz’s unique voice and legend status. Here’s a list of seven artists I think Morrissey could produce some classic new material with.

1. David Johansen. Morrissey has gone on the record stating that the New York Dolls are his favorite group of all time, and they’ve inspired him big time. Could you imagine the two of them busting out old Dolls numbers like “Personality Crisis” and “Looking For A Kiss”? It’d be nothing short of a spectacle.

New York Dolls – “Personality Crisis”

2. David Byrne. Byrne may be a bit too artsy for The Moz’s liking, but you have to admit, they would certainly sell out shows. Talking Heads preceded The Smiths, but both groups ended their runs in the late 80s/early 90s. Byrne’s been known to collaborate with some of today’s greatest acts, including Arcade Fire.

 Arcade Fire and David Byrne – “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”

3. Michael Stipe. Both men were lead vocalists for the biggest indie bands in their respected countries back in the mid 80s. R.E.M’s career continues to this day, well surpassing The Smith’s short run of a little over four years. Check out Stipe’s solo work on a Mark Mulcahy classic, “Everything’s Coming Undone”.

Michael Stipe – “Everything’s Coming Undone (Mark Mulcahy Cover)”

4. Thom Yorke. It’d be bizarre, yes, but Radiohead’s entering a new phase in their career, and they’re starting to experiment more and more. I’d like to hear some electronic music made by these two; I’m sure it would really turn some heads. Anything would be better than King of Limbs. (Sorry to anyone who even remotely enjoyed that record; I write that with a frown.)

 Radiohead – “The Headmaster Ritual (The Smiths Cover)”

5. Lily Allen. I think because it’d be funny to hear, and watch. Lily and her pops are big Morrissey fans, so why not put them together? Controversy would certainly follow a duo like them. The British tabloids would eat it up, and so would the public.

Lily Allen – “The Fear”

6. Justin Vernon. Bon Iver is one of the most beautifully elegant and spiritually transcending acts of today. The latest album Bon Iver is one of the year’s best, and it’s clear that Vernon is a very emotional dude. Perhaps combining his woodsy Wisconsin vocoder with Morrissey’s baritone pipes of the Gods would create something truly Earth-shaking

Bon Iver – “Holocene”

7. The Drums. Everyone’s saying it. The Drums owe so much to The Smiths: song-writing style, stage presence, first album blow-up, etc. The Drums are a happy, beach-dwelling Smiths, plain and simple. To see Morrissey sing with these jangly up-and-comers would be a thrill for this new band, and possibly The Moz, himself.

The Drums – “Money”


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One Comment on “Top 7 Artists I’d like to See Morrissey Collaborate With”

  1. Colin Holmes
    07.19.11 at 9:56 PM #

    I’m not sure how well David Byrne and Morrissey would mesh, but it’d definitely be interesting, because they’re both great. Morrissey and Stipe would definitely be amazing considering they’re pretty much the British/American version of each other.

    Morrissey collaborating could be kind of boring too. I got really excited when I discovered that Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner made an album together and it turned out to be pretty mediocre.

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