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Johnny Marr mates with all his former bandmates, “except for the obvious one”

By | Published on Friday 14 January 2022

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr has said that he’s still great pals with every single one of the many people he’s been in bands with over the years. Oh, “except for the obvious one”.

“It’s a simplistic way of putting it, but one of the reasons I’ve been in so many bands was because I wanted to be loyal to them”, Marr tells Uncut. “It won’t come as any surprise when I say that I’m really close with everyone I’ve worked with – except for the obvious one. And that isn’t that much of a surprise because we’re so different, me and Morrissey. But all of these different musicians, I can pick up the phone to any one, and just pick up from where we left off”.

After leaving The Smiths in 1987, Marr went on to join numerous other bands, including The Pretenders, The The, Electronic, 7 Worlds Collide, Modest Mouse and The Cribs.

“Everyone I’ve worked with has been great”, he goes on. “The only thing that turned to shit was The Smiths. Which is a shame, but shit happens. I hate talking about the group I formed in those terms, the group I loved. But, you know, let’s get some perspective”.

So, yes, I think we can add that to the list of statements made over the years by Marr to the effect that The Smiths will never ever get back together. He and Morrissey wouldn’t just ring each other up, go and hang out in a pub, and then get on so well that they decide to get the band together again. Except that time they did just that. Thankfully it never came to anything though.

Anyway, these days noted lover of bands Johnny Marr is focussing on his solo career. Earlier this week he released new single ‘Night And Day’, taken from new album ‘Fever Dreams Parts 1-4’, which is out on 25 Feb.