This is a great new track from Johnny Marr. Every day I find my self loving Johnny Marr more and disliking Morrissey more and more. I know you can be in both camps and I enjoyed the Morrissey concert that he didn’t cancel on me, but seriously I am really starting to think that Morrissey is not a very nice person.
I tried reading the Morrissey biography but started feeling he is not a very nice person and stopped reading. To all the people that bought tickets for his multiple tours that he continues to cancel he is not a very nice person. Morrissey is the person that wrote the lyrics “Some girl’s mothers are bigger than other girl’s mothers” over some of the most beautiful Johnny Marr guitar work every created, is not a very nice person. Morrissey, the not very nice person, wrote that The Ramones are Rubbish. What an ass.
Morrissey’s musical critique of the 1st Ramones album upon release
GOD BLESS JOHNNY “CUSS” MARR.
Not only did Johnny Marr write the beautiful music of The Smiths he continues with great tunes like this one which will land on his forthcoming album titled PLAYLAND.
Johnny Marr’s upwards trajectory continues unabated with the release of his second solo album ‘Playland’ which is out on October 6th on Warners. Work on ‘Playland’ commenced in London in the Spring as soon as the year of touring in support of ‘The Messenger’ came to a close. It finds Marr continuing the creative connection that was forged on ‘The Messenger’ with collaborator and co-producer Doviak as well as the other musicians who performed on the album and accompanying tour.
As Johnny states: “When The Messenger came out I kept on writing. I liked that the band had a momentum going on tour and a connection with the audience, and I thought that energy would be good to capture on the new record.”
Written around a common theme of “songs that move at the speed of life,” ‘Playland’ captures much of the spirit that made ‘The Messenger’ so memorable with energetic, post-punk songwriting complemented by Johnny Marr’s characteristic guitar style, thought-provoking lyrical ideas and poised vocal phrasing. “It’s important to sound like your environment and on this record that’s London and Manchester,” he adds. “The feeling of the cities and the people make it into the music.
The title ‘Playland’ is inspired by ‘Homo ludens’, a 1938 book by the highly influential Dutch cultural theorist Johan Huizinga which explores the concept of play as a precursor and principal element of cultural development.
PLAYLAND Released on CD, vinyl and digital formats, on tracklisting is:
Back In The Box
Speak Out Reach Out
Boys Get Straight
Terrible lyrics but incredible Johnny Marr guitar.
johnny marr photo from his facebook page.
Ramones article reprinted by www.deathandtaxesmag.com