Johnny Marr on mak­ing his Mod­ern Rock Record


This feels like your most pow­er­ful solo record yet...

There was an agenda i had for the first two records that i felt had been achieved. Partly es­tab­lish­ing me and the band as a live band. That is still my con­text. it’s a re­ally use­ful one. But i didn’t have too many re­stric­tions go­ing into this record. i just knew i wanted to make a Mod­ern Rock Record - what­ever that was. it was more about a feel­ing than a con­cept.

In some ways it’s like a mod­ern ver­sion of early ’80s bIG mu­sIC – sim­ple minds, the bun­ny­men, the ban­shees...

Big mu­sic is a good way of putting it. all those guys were al­ways older than me but i was in the au­di­ence. i have to say there is a big part of that in this record. Maybe writ­ing the book made me sub­con­sciously re­con­nect with those things. But mak­ing solo records made that hap­pen any­way. Noth­ing to do with nos­tal­gia but more about an era of gui­tar bands i un­der­stood from be­ing a school leaver. in a way it was a lit­tle bit like un­fin­ished busi­ness for me. it’s not too much of a stretch to think it’s the kind of mu­sic i might had done had i been fronting a band at the time.

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