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! .
Johnny Marr can pretend all he likes that The Smiths was a stepping stone but without that stepping stone no one and I mean no one would've heard of him at all. The voice of his guitar was unleashed upon the wings of Morrissey's words and voice. Conversely the same can be said of Morrissey that his lyrics and voice could've gone the way most artists go and that is into oblivion, never to be heard.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.
I really don't understand how a man evolves from a curious scholarship of Madame Blavatsky to desiring a collaboration with famous non-singer Alicia Keys.Ah, but when young and ambitious and filled with all that music? I don’t think he would have liked to have been just a session musician his whole life.
Morrissey is more than capable of rehabilitating himself, if he would only get out of his own way. There are loads of people like me who just want him to stay away from Marr and move on, like he has.Seriously, Mozzer put the kibosh on the one person who could have helped rehabilitate his tarnished reputation.