Mojo: brief Johnny Marr interview (issue 350 "January, 2023")

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(Dated January, 2023 - published November, 2022).
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BookishBoy

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"The Smiths was a thing that happened along the way" LOL.

That's like Morrissey ranking most of the Smiths albums near the bottom of his little list. They're both as daft as each other!
 

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edit: would love to hear Marr collaborate with some jazz fusion players. The real fever dream!
 
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Juan Dulces

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"The Smiths was a thing that happened along the way" LOL.

That's like Morrissey ranking most of the Smiths albums near the bottom of his little list. They're both as daft as each other!

I understand your point.

Obviously, Johnny wants to keep moving forward, just like Morrissey has done since '87. Of course Morrissey should be proud of his solo output (obviously not every song/album released was universally accepted as greatness). Johnny started his solo efforts a bit late - early 2000s w/the Healers, but he too is proud and plenty of artists who grew up idolizing The Smiths want Marr to perform/record/stand-in-photos with them - Marr seems to be obliging for the most part. On the other hand, Morrissey is mostly a loner. You won't see Morrissey 'guesting' on anybody else's record, even though that would be alright to do.

Neither Morrissey or Johnny want (or deserve) to be only remembered for The Smiths. Today, Johnny is really trying to get his name out there as much as possible.

In terms of 'along the way', obviously Johnny has been playing with Rourke since they were teens (and they both could play better than most their age) - so creating a successful band (like The Smiths) was probably something Johnny always saw as happening someday, if he stayed motivated.
 
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Anonymous

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"The Smiths was a thing that happened along the way" LOL.

That's like Morrissey ranking most of the Smiths albums near the bottom of his little list. They're both as daft as each other!
He's talking about it in the context of his friendship with Andy, which pre-dates the Smiths and extends now several decades past it. It doesn't sound dismissive to me at all - just factual.
 

gashonthenail

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I understand your point.

Obviously, Johnny wants to keep moving forward, just like Morrissey has done since '87. Of course Morrissey should be proud of his solo output (obviously not every song/album released was universally accepted as greatness). Johnny started his solo efforts a bit late - early 2000s w/the Healers, but he too is proud and plenty of artists who grew up idolizing The Smiths want Marr to perform/record/stand-in-photos with them - Marr seems to be obliging for the most part. On the other hand, Morrissey is mostly a loner. You won't see Morrissey 'guesting' on anybody else's record, even though that would be alright to do.

Neither Morrissey or Johnny want (or deserve) to be only remembered for The Smiths. Today, Johnny is really trying to get his name out there as much as possible.

In terms of 'along the way', obviously Johnny has been playing with Rourke since they were teens (and they both could play better than most their age) - so creating a successful band (like The Smiths) was probably something Johnny always saw as happening someday, if he stayed motivated.
Although it does seem that Moz did some sort of 'guesting' on A$AP Rocky's still yet to be released album. Unclear though what exactly that guesting involved.
 
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Clyde Sankew

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Now that's how you do an interview, funny and insightful. And he didn't even mention the M word once!
 

ACTON

Don't Leave Us In The Dark
Yes, a minor blip on the trajectory of Johnny's career.
The poor divil. The Smiths speedbump almost derailed his interstellar trajectory. Luckily it was only for a few years so he can leave it out of his CV. Nobody will notice once they see Modest Rodent listed on it, ooh and his solo masterpieces too.
 
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Andy Wark

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The poor divil. The Smiths speedbump almost derailed his interstellar trajectory. Luckily it was only for a few years so he can leave it out of his CV. Nobody will notice once they see Modest Rodent listed on it, ooh and his solo masterpieces too.
Well what do you expect after that daft open letter?
 

gordyboy9

Let The Bullets Fly.
i want to see an interviewer ask if he thinks he has a good voice.
he has a problem with blossoms playing the music but doesnt have a problem with rick who provided the voice.
 
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Clyde Sankew

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i want to see an interviewer ask if he thinks he has a good voice.
he has a problem with blossoms playing the music but doesnt have a problem with rick who provided the voice.

The problem was the Blossoms know him and he saw them weeks before the Smiths gig and they didn't tell him. They didn't do right by him, it's nothing to do with the music.
 
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Guess etc etc etc .....

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What a shallow character. The smiths gave you your Carrier. That's why you are still around , please don't sing the Smiths songs if it is just a " thing that happened along the way"..... It's not a nightstand.🤐 !!!! As a Smiths fan Im offended. Let Morrissey to sing the smiths you just play your stupid guitar! .
 
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