Overall, though. I think it's Moz who broke the whole thing down. Makes me wonder, though. How different would the Smiths have been if say, Johnny was the lead singer/writer and it was just him and R&J? I really doubt all of this nonsense would have occurred and all the financial bullshit, and people being fired constantly, etc. Still, I know Johnny would have been too young and inexperienced to handle the bulk of all of it, but he'd have handled it respectably and hired the right people to help with that end of it. There surely wouldn't have been all the negative, bickering, hateful things going on though.
Doubt that such a scenerio would have meant a long long lasting band, though. But the end of it would have been nonetheless amicable and fair.
Why do people insist on thinking Johnny Marr is some kind of saint? There's always this ridiculous attempt to blame Morrissey for everything and absolve Johnny. They were partners, therefore they took equal responsibility and people forget that Johnny continues to defend the split in money every time he is interviewed.
I'll tell you what would have happened if Johnny was in charge of finances. He'd have been happy to have allowed accountants and lawyers to deal with the business side while he sat around smoking dope. And these days there'd be no money left to argue over. The rest of the Smiths would be penniless. Morrissey would be OK because he's managed to make money in his solo career.