Recent Johnny Marr media with Smiths / Morrissey mentions:
- Johnny Marr on the Manchester bombing: ‘Amidst the shock and devastation, I knew I was going to be swept on a wave of pride coming from that city’ - Channel 4 News. Link posted by Uncleskinny (original post).
...His old songwriting partner Morrissey has, by contrast, horrified his fans recently with apparently anti-Muslim comments and backing for the new right wing For Britain party. Krishnan has been talking to Johnny Marr about music, politics and Morrissey.
- Johnny Marr on embracing politics, his emotions, and his signature sound: 'I'm more proud to be a musician now than I ever was' - The Independent. Link posted by an anonymous person (original post).
Which brings us, with grim inevitably, to Morrissey. The recent views espoused by the ex-Smiths frontman - encouraging fans to vote for far right party For Britain, expressing sympathy with jailed EDL founder Tommy Robinson - are polar opposite to Marr’s. What does he make of his former partner’s comments?
“Look, it’s just something that happens out there,” he says slightly exasperated, gesturing to the window. “If I was that arsed I would be able to concoct something. But I can’t even be f***ed concocting some answer. All anyone needs to know is that I oppose those views from Morrissey or anybody else.”
Marr has dealt with the fallout from The Smiths’ demise - he was just 23 when he quit the band - with rare dignity. He’s never taken the opportunity (and there’s been plenty) to stick the boot in. Is that because, given everything, him and Morrissey are still mates?
He spurts out a laugh. “I wouldn’t say that no. No, no, no. Haha, no we’re not mates.” He composes himself. “We’re just very different. But we always were very different people. But everyone knows that! Everyone knows everything there is to know.”
- Johnny Marr on how the Smiths helped 'wipe out jock culture' for the '80s generation - Yahoo Entertainment
- Johnny Marr Call The Comet review: New album is steeped in chilly yearning by Nick Hasted (4 of 5 stars) - The Independent. Link posted by Surface (original post).
lf Marr and Morrissey ever did record together again, as fans often dream, the musical gulf between them now seems as unbridgeable as the libertarian provocations of Marr’s old friend, and the future-facing utopian heard here
- Review: Johnny Marr scales new heights with 'Call the Comet' by Mark Kennedy - AP / Daily Mail. Link posted by Surface (original post).
...So feel free to stay in bed, Morrissey. Marr is who we need now.
- Johnny Marr on 'earnest pop' and Morrissey's politics - The Telegraph (paywall). Link posted by an anonymous person (original post).
- An evening with Johnny Marr - captured live 14th June - FB (Smiths tunes). - forum post by Famous when dead.