Johnny Marr says he is close to all of his collaborators, “except for the obvious”

“The only thing that turned into shit was the Smiths”

Johnny Marr says he is close to all his collaborators, 'except the obvious'

Published January 13, 2022

Founding Smiths member and current solo guitarist Johnny Marr has opened up about the “obvious” collaborator he is no longer “close” to in a new interview.

talking with Uncut magazine [via NME] about his new solo record Fever dreams and his story of working with acts like Modest Mouse, Billie Eilish, Hans Zimmer, and others, the prolific musician likened the studio collaboration to “a bit like army comrades or being in a submarine.”

However, there was a former collaborator – with whom he formed his career-defining band – who was excluded from Marr’s friends list: Morrissey.

“It’s a simplistic way of saying it, but one of the reasons I’ve been in so many bands was that I wanted to be loyal to them,” Marr said. “It will come as no surprise when I say that I am really close to everyone I have worked with – except the obvious one.”

He added: “And it’s not that much of a surprise because we’re so different, me and Morrissey.”

Being “different” from each other is a generous way of expressing it. In recent years, Moz has trampled on his own public image in a variety of ways, including expressing some dubious opinions about the pandemic, aligning himself with extreme right-wing politicians, selling other artists’ merch to his shows and sharing his controversial attitude to race.

“Everyone I’ve worked with has been amazing. The only thing that turned into shit was Smiths,” Marr continued. “Which is a shame, but shit happens. I hate to talk about the group I formed in the phrases, the group I loved. But you know, let’s get some perspective.”

Marrs todelte Fever dreams arrived in full last month via BMG. Review the album “Tenement Time” and “Sensory Street” here.

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