|Johnny Marr interview in Les Inrockuptibles (part 1)
|Posted on Fri, May 21 1999 at 2:15 a.m. PDT
Thanks to Steven Banks for the
Johnny Marr - Much
more sensitive, intelligent and well read than you would
BOOKS HAVE TOUCHED YOU THE MOST?
From Les Inrockuptibles 21/04/99 (better late than
I've always loved biography; for example The Songs
That My Mother Taught Me by Marlon Brando or My
Experience Of Truth (this may not be the exact title) by
Gandhi. I am very fond of this genre and don't limit myself
in any way - nobody's life story is uninteresting to me. At
the moment I am reading books on psychology, spirituality
and religion. This isn't because I am looking deep into
myself but because these authors tend to see the world from
a different perspective.
I have almost finished reading Memories, Dreams and
Thoughts by Jung and I find it equally fascinating. Noam
Chomsky interests me enormously - as does Thomas Edison and
Gore Vidal with their heart full of love for America whilst
making savage criticisms of the state of American society.
I have immersed myself in books on the primitive culture of
the Native American people - a universe I find
extraordinarily rich. This type of literature influences me
immensely: it takes me out of my skin and question myself. I
have learnt a lot reading Swami Ramdas - a contemporary of
Timothy Leary - who, parallel with his experiences with acid
and other psychedelics, has made very serious reflections on
meditation and Hinduism.
IS THERE A SONG WHICH CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
Absolutely - "Jeepster" by T-REX. I was 10
when I saw Marc Bolan sing this song on a tv show and
discovered something completely new. The groove, the sound,
the guitars and above all the personality came from another
planet and took me to another world. I bought the record the
next day and each time I listened to it I played the riff on
my guitar. Music was always heard in our house and each week
my mother would amuse herself by predicting who would be in
the top 40. She especially liked the Everley Brothers.
The influence of T-REX is very profound on certain songs of
The Smiths i.e. "Panic" and
"Shoplifters". Morrissey was himself also mad
about Bolan. When we wrote "Panic" he was obsessed
with "Metal Guru" and wanted to sing in the same
style. He didn't stop singing it in an attempt to modify the
words of "Panic" to fit the exact rhythm of
"Metal Guru". He also exhorted me to use the same
guitar break so that the two songs are the same!!! When I
was 13 my rapport with music changed; I studied songs so
much that I didn't appreciate them. I listened until Ii knew
how each song was structured.
Part two on music and cinema to come but be patient as I'm a
slow typist and I don't know when I'll have a spare couple
of hours to type and translate.
In addition if I could be bold and have a free advert, I
have an offer to make. My wife and myself would like to go
to New York in 2000. If any of you live nearby and would
give us a tour we would do the same for you in Paris,
France. Anyone who lives on the west coast or other
fascinating parts of the world get in touch for
Perhaps this could be another feature of the site as we
could meet up at more than just birthdays for the Moz.
||Comments / Notes
hey man...im moving to new york city in a week and a half and would love to show you around..im very familiar with the area...plus id love to see paris...anyway..email me at david [email protected] and let me know the details and everything...until then...cheers!
david edge <[email protected]>
- Fri, May 21, 1999 at 11:01:19 (PDT)
ALRIGHT I'M NATIVE AMERICAN (OSAGE TRIBE IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, PROBABLY NOT THOUGH) AND ANOTHER ALRIGHT FOR T.REX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ZACHARY ELSBERRY <[email protected]>
TULSA - Sun, May 23, 1999 at 04:30:45 (PDT)
After seeing the books he mentioned I must say: “Ever since,
You don't look the same
You're just not the same, no way
You say clever things and
You never used to..."
Always True To You
- Sun, May 23, 1999 at 09:35:11 (PDT)
* return to Morrissey-solo