'Suedehead' was released as single in 1988. It was Morrissey's debut single following his departure from The Smiths. It was taken from his debut solo album Viva Hate. Viva Hate was also released in 1988.
This single didn't feature the "sound" of The Smiths, in that it was more about the vocals than the guitars and instruments. It was more about Mozza and his moroseness than the riff this one.
Interestingly, 'Suedehead' fared better in the charts than any Smith's singles. It reached number 5 in the UK singles chart.
Now, as to what the song is about, that I am unsure of. The video is clearly about James Dean. Filmed in Fairmount, Indiana, which is where Dean grew up, the video shows our Mozza looking morose as he snaps pics of local places, and Dean's school, finally his resting place.
Suedehead is a term used for not clean shaven but the short shaved kind of velvety feel i.e. suede that hair has when cut like that. The lyrics though, seem to be about a relationship breakdown, with the lyrics " I'm so sorry".
This is a classic song. Its not the most cheery of numbers, but its the one that put Morrissey on the map as a solo artist. Worth a listen for sure if you aren't familiar with the man himself.
He was, and is, a British icon of his day. Let me know what you think. For more of Morrissey and The Smiths, plus loads more, check out My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)