All you Smiths fans who are holding your breath waiting for a reunion, you can give it up. It's not going to happen--at least according to Johnny Marr. He likes being a frontman now that his first solo album is out.
That's one of the takeaways in this interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
The Hollywood Reporter: There are moments on The Messenger that immediately call to mind The Smiths. Was that intentional?
Johnny Marr: For the longest time when I did that, I would erase it. What I did with The Smiths is still so loved, but as a young man trying not to be stuck in a box, I went through many periods where it was very important to me to do things other than that. No one wants to have a tag put on them at the age of 24. At the same time, you get to a point where you’re just really happy to have something that people love. So now, when a riff comes up, and people in the control room start smiling, and [you] have a feeling that someone is gonna love it, you just drop your agenda -- you record it, and you just look up and thank the god of inspiration and don’t over-think it. That’s the difference, really, with where I’m at now. It’s good to have those considerations and attitudes at a certain point in your life, but at other times you just drop the shit, you know?