Kinda agree with this. I find it a little weird that he thinks he formed the band alone and that it was his and not theirs. Like he was the band leader with the musical direction already in mind and that it wasn't a partnership with the music image and even the name formed between them. He didn't go up and say hey I've got this band the smiths I'm forming and were gonna play this type of music, do you want in. He went to his door and they Jammed so to speak to see what they could come up with together. In relation to your post it almost makes him seem like he still fighting a bit for that power
Frankly, I'm glad Marr dug his heels in and split 'his' band. Don't forget that Morrissey's initial reaction was simply to replace Johnny with another guitarist, and have the Smiths carry on regardless, as though nothing had changed. Within a year, or two at most, the finan,cial issues would still have blown up, Andy and Mike left, and The Smiths would be one of those 'one real member + a cast of revolving session musician' bands.
Can you imagine how devalued their name would be, if such second-rate work as 'Kill Uncle' and 'World Peace' had come out as 'The Smiths' records?
Morrissey hated it at the time, and so did the fans, but ultimately breaking the Smiths was the right move for both Morrissey and Marr. The fact that people on this thread are still berating Johnny for spreading his wings and trying different stuff, shows how the Yoko Ono thing is appropriate.
I think the anger towards Johnny was actually increased by his side projects, because for so long they just seemed to be of no real consequence. Like he’d done it all for nothing, left without nowhere to go. “Okay, so you broke up the Smiths to move in exciting new directions and try new things...but hang on, what’s this shit? Sessioning with the Pretenders? Oasis? f***ing Boomslang?”.
As nice a guy as Johnny seems to be, he still has an ego. It seems like he started feeling like a sideman to Morrissey. He had a right to leave. There's no Smiths without Johnny, but there's still Morrissey without Johnny. Even if the Smiths would have got a new singer, Morrissey would be bigger on his own. Johnny's a great guitarist, but the real revelation of the Smiths was Morrissey's lyrics and singing.
In The Severed Alliance Joe Moss states that Johnny always said that he'd be the first to leave the band , which unfortunately turned out to be true.
What Joe Moss meant with that statement is the fact that Johnny knew from the beginning of the Smiths existence that for him it would just be a temporary project. It was never meant to last forever because he wasn't the type for longtime projects but Morrissey genuinely believed that. Why didn't Johnny tell him the truth about that from the get go? When he blabbers on about how the Smiths didn't have to end he is totally dishonest. They would have ended anyway, because he decided it on day one at a time when hardly any problems were forseeable.
I think the anger towards Johnny was actually increased by his side projects, because for so long they just seemed to be of no real consequence. Like he’d done it all for nothing, left with nowhere to go. “Okay, so you broke up the Smiths to move in exciting new directions and try new things...but hang on, what’s this shit? Sessioning with the Pretenders? Oasis? f***ing Boomslang?”.
If anyone was still angry at Johnny by the time Boomslang and Heathen Chemistry came out, they're either Morrissey or they should go and see their GP about it. Or both.
He may not be the greatest singer but he can't half play the guitar - this is from when he supported New Order a couple of years back. Never seen a Morrissey band play Bigmouth this well!
And here is a clip of him and Bernard doing a dodgy version of Getting Away With It at the same gig, looking forward to reading about their relationship in the book.
I just heard that Yoko is gonna be doing a cover of 'How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel ?'.
totally agree. What I'm saying is that he's by nature born to play the not to sing. Very few can do both well. He passes, and it's fine, so many great musicians just pass on vocals but their instrument playing(which is their true voice) is what wins the day. Hendrix comes to mind also. Now Morrissey was born to sing, but his piano playing ? ...well...... not so hot.
yes looking forward to reading the book. Hope he goes into the song writing collaborating a bit.[/QUOTE
Yes, we are all eager for this essay about creation of THE SONG:https://www.google.hr/search?client...ved=0ahUKEwjFp4u-lvvPAhXJiiwKHdtcBaEQvwUIGygA
Marr and Andrew Berry "Kiss Me I'm Cold" (1990)