On meeting his wife, Angie:

"I met her at a party. I went up to her and demanded my seat back, which she’d stolen. It may not sound romantic to you, but I can assure you it is to me!"

– Johnny Marr, when asked to describe the most romantic day of his life.

On meeting his wife, Angie:

"I met her at a party. I went up to her and demanded my seat back, which she’d stolen. It may not sound romantic to you, but I can assure you it is to me!"

– Johnny Marr, when asked to describe the most romantic day of his life.

This is perfect. :)

This is perfect. :)

Q: What were your first impressions of Morrissey and what did his bedroom smell like when you first went up there to write a song?
Johnny Marr: I'd been told before I met him by a couple of friends that he was bookish, he was into Oscar Wilde and liked a bit of conversational tête-à-tête, shall we say. Another thing that I'd heard was that he was really quiet. All the other things turned out to be true, but he wasn't quiet. He definitely had opinions and was very chatty. I know I've always gone on about how I just knocked on the door and went blah blah blah blah! Which is true, but he wasn't overwhelmed by that by any means. It was pretty apparent that he wasn't a blank canvas in terms of his ideas about being a singer. He was good to go and knew what he was about and where he wanted to go. It definitely felt like two equals.
[In The Smiths] We were falling over ourselves with ideas that we were constantly amassing, and that's the greatest thing in the world. It's still what I'm trying to live my life in pursuit of really. To find your opposite number who is up to the same speed was pretty remarkable.
What did his room smell like? It was fresh as a spring morning...it smelt like a new dawn [laughs].
Johnny Marr: What can I say Morrissey is like, genuinely? I’ve never been asked to sum him up. Because there was so much emphasis placed on the differences between Morrissey and myself, most people haven’t stopped to wonder what it was that made us so close. The thing that brought us really close together is the essence of why he lives his life and why I live my life. And that is that without what we consider to be the art of pop music and pop culture, life doesn’t make any sense. And that understanding: He needed it like I needed it. It was a pretty serious, deep need. It wasn’t just the need to escape our social situation, because underneath it all, one of the things that makes us the same is that we’re both incredibly sensitive. There was this serious burden with serious mental problems that were taken care of by records.
Magnet: In the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll equation, rock ‘n’ roll has always eclipsed the other two for you. And that applies to Morrissey as well.
Johnny Marr: I guess I’m being flowery about it, but as kids we both felt absolutely crazy until we discovered pop music, and we’re not alone in it. And I guess that’s why people can relate to us. People think that I’m the antithesis of Morrissey. If that’s the thing they relate to me for, well, they’re wrong. Maybe it’s just my aesthetic that they don’t truck with; and I’m cool with that, ‘cause I don’t truck with theirs, either. The thing that they get from him, he got from me as well, and I get from him. As people, I was probably as dysfunctional in my own way as he was until I immersed myself in pop culture. The thing about the two of us is we heard and saw things in records that weren’t even there.
Magnet: What kinds of things did you imagine or find in records?
Johnny Marr: Worlds. When he met me, he knew we were different in the way we expressed ourselves, but the most important thing to him spiritually was the most important thing to me spiritually. You can’t be that close with someone for that length of time and go through what we went through on a minute-by-minute basis without having the ultimate connection. I know it sounds very poetic, but that’s what kept us together. Only he and I know that something like a fight or a difference in lifestyles or court cases or who said what in the press about who, or what fans might say, is pretty small change compared to the connection we have. It’s very deep. In short, there’s a very big part of him that I understand. And he knows it.
To condense all that flowery shit and get to the point—it’s not your point, but whatever, right?—he’s got a great voice. He invented things in pop music. Brought things into pop music after 25 years of all kinds of stuff being there. Aesthetically, he’s a true innovator. What an innovator is, to me, is someone who can bring together what on the face of things seem like totally disparate elements, put them through their own funnel and then present the thing that is identifiably his in a new genre. And the Smiths sleeves are the perfect example. You see something that looks like a Smiths sleeve? It’s a Morrissey sleeve. You try to tell someone who can’t see what those elements are and they would think you were nuts. You’ve got film stars, sports stars, some kind of graphic. Those things should never work together, but they did. That’s what Miles Davis did.
chumbastard:






uuuuh i hope this is good enough oops
ps mozza dreams he can carry johnny

 

So cute!

chumbastard:

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uuuuh i hope this is good enough oops

ps mozza dreams he can carry johnny

So cute!

bychanceorwhim:

More Marrissey :)

 

Is Johnny blushing?! :D

bychanceorwhim:

More Marrissey :)

Is Johnny blushing?! :D

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kingchum:

Bluh

more Marrissey cause why not

So sweet! ♥

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'If I hadn’t met Morrissey I probably would have spent some time in some kind of institution […] I could never be in a group where I wasn't a fan of the lead singer, and that never happened until I met Morrissey.'
        – Johnny Marr, 1984.

'If I hadn’t met Morrissey I probably would have spent some time in some kind of institution […] I could never be in a group where I wasn't a fan of the lead singer, and that never happened until I met Morrissey.'
        – Johnny Marr, 1984.

Amazing photo of Johnny Marr, age 14 - along with part 1 of a very interesting interview - via Askmeaskmeask.me.

Amazing photo of Johnny Marr, age 14 - along with part 1 of a very interesting interview - via Askmeaskmeask.me.

New pic from the 1984 typewriter session. *dies from the adorableness of it all*

New pic from the 1984 typewriter session. *dies from the adorableness of it all*

I know it’s terrible quality (what with being a scan of a photocopy of a photograph from a 23-year-old fanzine *sigh*), but…but…Johnny Marr doing his ironing! :D

I know it’s terrible quality (what with being a scan of a photocopy of a photograph from a 23-year-old fanzine *sigh*), but…but…Johnny Marr doing his ironing! :D

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rubber-ring:

I’ll never get tired of these pictures of Morrissey and Johnny cuddling…

Nor will I… :)

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