Johnny Marr's Top 10 Most Unexpected Musical Moments
As the rain falls hard on this (occasionally) humdrum town, fans of the Smiths have reason to rejoice! This week, Mr. Johnny Marr announced a Fort Lauderdale date on his impending U.S. tour.
While Marr is best known as Morrissey's former songwriting foil in the Smith's, the guitarist's keene sense of melody and unexpected guitar textures have become as synonymous with the band's sound as Morrissey's ever-so-dramatic croon and pomp. Johnny Marr is considered by many to be the ultimate guitar anti-hero, circumventing the raucous distortion and over-the-top fretboard athletics that marked guitar trends in the '80s to forge a sound uniquely his own.
Marr has had a far more prolific career than many fans may realize, stemming far deeper than his integral part in crafting those world-shaking Smiths albums. In fact, Marr has provided his services as a guitarist, songwriter, and sideman for so many other acts since his time with the Smiths, that we have decided to put together a list of some of our favorite tracks from Marr's storied career in celebration of the show announcement. Enjoy!
10. The Pretenders - "Windows of the World"
Marr was a member of the Pretenders for a period in the latter half of 1987, touring with the group and performing on the single "Windows of the World." Marr's unmistakable style was an ideal fit for the band as it harkened back to the mod-informed jangle of the group's late guitarist, James Honeyman-Scott. However, Marr's tenure with the band would prove a short one.
9. Oasis - "Better Man"
Legend has it that Marr was courted a few times to join as a full-fledged member of Brit-Pop titan, Oasis. However, there isn't a ton of info out there to quantify those claims. Regardless, Marr has collaborated with the brothers Gallagher frequently, and this track in particular features some very "How Soon is Now" guitar playing and some of Marr's backing vocals.