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Alain Whyte

Alain Whyte - © left: Alain / right: Morrissey

born on 3/7/1967 in Los Angeles, CA, United States

Alain Whyte

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Alain Whyte

Alain Gordon Whyte (pronounced Alan) (born 3 July 1967) is an English guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is most known for being Morrissey's[1] main songwriting partner since 1991 and his lead guitarist from 1991-2004. More recently, he has written for the likes of Madonna, Chris Brown, Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas among many others. He won an ASCAP pop award in 2013 for his work as a songwriter on Chris Brown's hit single "Don't Wake Me Up".[2]

Personal life

Currently Alain Whyte resides in Los Angeles, CA


Whyte joined Morrissey's band in 1991 after appearing in the music video for his single "Sing Your Life". While playing on the Kill Uncle tour in 1991, Whyte co-wrote eight of the ten songs on the album Your Arsenal which was subsequently released in 1992. Whyte played lead guitar live with Morrissey from 1991 to 2004 until he was taken ill and replaced by Jesse Tobias. Whyte never returned to the touring act.

Whyte has co-written and/or performed on all of Morrissey's albums but two: Your Arsenal (1992), Vauxhall and I (1994), Southpaw Grammar (1995), Maladjusted (1997), You Are the Quarry (2004), Ringleader of the Tormentors (2006), and Years of Refusal (2009). As of Years of Refusal, Alain Whyte has a total of 81 known songwriting credits with Morrissey.

Songwriting credits with other artists


  • Kid Cudi - "Up Up & Away" - Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009)
  • Blake Lewis - "I Left My Baby For You" - Heartbreak On Vinyl (2009)
  • Kid Sister - "Daydreaming" - Ultraviolet (2009)
  • Rihanna - "Photographs (feat" - Rated R (2009)


  • Kelis - "Song For The Baby", "Carefree American" - Flesh Tone (2010)
  • Cheryl Cole - "Raindrops" - Messy Little Raindrops (2010)
  • The Black Eyed Peas - "Play It Loud" - The Beginning (2010)


  • Chris Brown - "All About You" - F.A.M.E. (2011) - Team Breezy Exclusive Track
  • Nick 13 - "Gambler's Life" - Nick 13 (2011)


  • Madonna - "Love Spent" - MDNA
  • Chris Brown - "Don't Wake Me Up" - Fortune
  • Chris Brown - "Remember My Name" - Fortune
  • Joshua Radin - "Lost At Home" - Underwater
  • Joshua Radin - "She's So Right" - Underwater Bonus Track Version
  • The Noisettes - "Winner" - Contact


  • VV Brown - "10 Ft. Tall"
  • - "Gettin' Dumb" - willpower
  • Benny Benassi - "Dance The Pain Away ft. John Legend"

Songs written for TV

  • Gossip Girl - "City Nights", "Martini Lounge", "NYC Streets", "Robot Talk", "At The Club", "Let You Down", "Manhattan", "Steady", "Changing Tides", "Park Avenue", "In The End"
  • Chuck - "Jingle Bell Rock (arrangement)", "Joy To The World (arrangement)", "We Wish You A Merry Christmas (arrangement)"
  • Without A Trace - "Feeling Fine"


  • Deerheart - "EP" (2009) Producer
  • Anya Marina "Whatever You Like (single)" 2009 Mixer
  • JoAnna James "Try" EP Recorded in 2009, Released in 2011

Songwriting credits with Morrissey

As of Years of Refusal, Whyte has 81 known songwriting credits with Morrissey. Whyte's credits include:

Your Arsenal (1992)

  • "Glamorous Glue", "We'll Let You Know", "The National Front Disco", "Certain People I Know", "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful", "You're The One For Me, Fatty", "Seasick, Yet Still Docked", and "Tomorrow".

Vauxhall and I (1994)

  • "Billy Budd", "Hold On To Your Friends", "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself?", "I Am Hated For Loving", "Used To Be A Sweet Boy", and "The Lazy Sunbathers".

Southpaw Grammar (1995)

  • "The Boy Racer", "The Operation", "Dagenham Dave", "Do Your Best And Don't Worry", "Best Friend On The Payroll", and "Southpaw" - "Fantastic Bird (only on remastered version)"

Maladjusted (1997)

  • "Alma Matters", "Ambitious Outsiders", "Trouble Loves Me", "Papa Jack", "Roy's Keen", "He Cried", and "Sorrow Will Come in the End".

You Are the Quarry (2004)

  • "America Is Not the World", "Irish Blood, English Heart", "I Have Forgiven Jesus", "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?", "First of the Gang to Die", "Let Me Kiss You", "All the Lazy Dykes", and "You Know I Couldn't Last".

Ringleader of the Tormentors (2006)

  • "I Will See You In Far-off Places", "Dear God Please Help Me", "The Father Who Must Be Killed", "Life Is A Pigsty", "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now", and "To Me You Are A Work of Art".

Years of Refusal (2009)

  • "Something Is Squeezing My Skull", "Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed", "When Last I Spoke to Carol", "It's Not Your Birthday Anymore" and "You Were Good in Your Time".

Swords (2009)

  • "Good Looking Man About Town", "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice", "Ganglord", "My Dearest Love", "The Never Played Symphonies", "Shame Is the Name", "Munich Air Disaster 1958", "It's Hard To Walk Tall When You're Small", "Teenage Dad On His Estate", "Friday Mourning", "My Life Is A Succession Of People Saying Goodbye", "Because of My Poor Education"

Non-album singles and B-sides

  • "Let The Right One Slip In", "There Speaks A True Friend", "Pashernate Love", "Boxers", "Sunny", "Black Eyed Susan", "A Swallow On My Neck", "Whatever Happens, I Love You", "Have-A-Go Merchant", "Nobody Loves Us", "You Must Please Remember", "Heir Apparent", "The Edges Are No Longer Parallel", "This Is Not Your Country" and "I Am Two People".

Unreleased tracks

  • "Action Man", "Teresa, Teresa", "When I Was Young", "I Was Bully, Do Not Forget Me", and "I'm Looking Forward to Going Back" are unreleased tracks from the Years of Refusal sessions.
  • "Home Is A Question Mark" is an unreleased track from the 2003 You Are The Quarry recording sessions. As of now, there is no planned release for this track.

Other projects

  • Setting Fires - Setting Fires was a collaboration between Whyte and Mat Devine. Devine has been the frontman and principle songwriter for alternative rock group Kill Hannah since 1996. The two of them met in the summer of 2009, and Setting Fires was born. They enlisted Dean Butterworth (Good Charlotte) to play the drums, Davey Julson-Rieley to produce, and Joe McGrath (AFI, Green Day) to mix the songs for the EP.
  • Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams - Whyte played guitar in the band Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams (not to be confused with Johnny Panic) who released one single "When I Drink I Love You More" in 1998 then disbanded. The drummer of the band, Hodge arranged for an album to be released on Cherry red/Anagram records in 2006 titled Not Bitter But Bored, which contained three songs that went on to become Morrissey songs: "Irish Blood, English Heart", "First Of The Gang To Die" and "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice."
  • Red Lightning - In 2005, Whyte, Milo Todesco and John DiMambro formed Red Lightning. Their live debut came on 30 April in Los Angeles. Soon after, they recorded a full-length album with producer David Newton entitled L.A. Crash Landing. Red Lightning played at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas in March 2006, followed by a string of California concerts. Due to unknown reasons, Red Lightning split in January 2007.
  • The Gazmen with Gary Day, Born Bad, The Memphis Sinners, The Memphis Flash, Crash Action, The Rugcutters, and The Motivators.


Of Morrissey's 40 currently released singles, Whyte has written 16. However, Whyte did not join Morrissey's band until 1991. Since 1991, Morrissey has released 29 singles giving Whyte the credit of writing over half of Morrissey's singles since that time.


  • "Pregnant for the Last Time" (1991) UK #25
  • "My Love Life" (1991) UK #29
  • "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" (1992) UK #17
  • "You're The One For Me, Fatty" (1992) UK #19
  • "Tomorrow" (1992)
  • "Certain People I Know" (1992) UK #35
  • "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" (1994) UK #8
  • "Hold On To Your Friends" (1994) UK #47
  • "Now My Heart Is Full" (1994)
  • "Boxers" (1995) UK #23
  • "Dagenham Dave" (1995) UK #26
  • "The Boy Racer" (1995) UK #36
  • "Sunny" (1995) UK #42
  • "Alma Matters" (1997) UK #16
  • "Roy's Keen" (1997) UK #42
  • "Satan Rejected My Soul" (1997) UK #39
  • "Irish Blood, English Heart" (2004) UK #3
  • "First Of The Gang To Die" (2004) UK #6
  • "Let Me Kiss You" (2004) UK #8
  • "I Have Forgiven Jesus" (2004) UK #10
  • "You Have Killed Me" UK #3
  • "The Youngest Was the Most Loved" UK #14
  • "In the Future When All's Well" UK #17
  • "I Just Want to See the Boy Happy" UK #16
  • "That's How People Grow Up" UK #14
  • All You Need Is Me UK #24
  • "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" UK #21
  • "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" UK #46

Written by Whyte

Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams

  • "When I Drink I Love You More" (1998)



  • Your Arsenal (1992)
  • Vauxhall and I (1994)
  • Southpaw Grammar (1995)
  • Maladjusted (1997)
  • You Are the Quarry (2004)
  • Ringleader of the Tormentors (2006)
  • Years of Refusal (2009)

Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams

  • Not Bitter But Bored (2006)

Red Lightning

  • L.A. Crash Landing (2005)


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