From nightmarish torch songs to melancholic dancefloor pop, roaring post-punk and beyond...
1 HAND IN GLOVE The Smiths (THE SMITHS, 1984) The debut single that made The Smiths instant cult heroes achieved a kind of vigorous desolation with Morrissey and Marr in perfect balance. 2 HOW SOON IS NOW? The Smiths (HATFUL OF HOLLOW, 1984) This product of one inspired night’s work was an eerie wall of sound inspired by Creedence, Can and disco. 3 LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVED ME The Smiths (STRANGEWAYS, HERE WE COME, 1987) Marr’s favourite Smiths song is a nightmarish, end-of-the-world torch song. 4 (NOTHING BUT) FLOWERS Talking Heads (NAKED, 1988) Talking Heads’ last great song was one of Marr’s first post-Smiths gigs. Inspired by Afrobeat, he makes his 12- string glitter and dance.
5 GETTING AWAY WITH IT
electronic (Single, 1989) Pop perfection at the first time of asking, this three-way ’ 80s pop summit is exquisitely upholstered dancefloor melancholy.
6 GET THE MESSAGE
electronic (electronic, 1991) A gambolling joy from Electronic’s first LP, this is one of Marr’s proudest achievements . An unbeatable Marr/ Sumner mindmeld.
Modest Mouse (We Were Dead Before the Ship even Sank, 2007) Marr’s very first session with Modest Mouse yielded one of their most successful singles, a twitchy yelp-pop smash à la Talking Heads.
8 CHEAT ON ME
the Cribs (ignore the ignorant, 2009) Johnny Marr’s spiralling, lyrical riffs on his first single with The Cribs instantly gave the band new dimensions of drama and complexity.
9 NEW TOWN VELOCITY
Johnny Marr (the Messenger, 2013) Memories of an impatient youth couched in a selfreferencing fusion of The Smiths’ poetry and Electronic’s lushness.
Johnny Marr (Playland, 2014) From his second solo album, Marr’s formative post-punk influence comes roaring back into life on this militant ode to adrenalin, ablaze with tension and urgency.