Johnny Marr - Tune Smith Turned Healer


What music currently grooving to?
Lost Horizons by Lemonjelly and the new Godspeed You! Black Emperor album,
which I think is called Yanqui U.X.O. The Godspped album is totally original, and
It's great to hear people who have the bottle to follow an idea for 18 minutes.

What, If push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album?
Low Power by Iggy Pop And The Stooges. If pressed, I think James Williamson is my
favourite guitar player, because, particularly on that album, he's able to deliver all the
great elements of rock guitar - there's sex in it, there's dance in it. It's the technical
expertise of Jimmy Page without getting to clever, and the attitude of Keith Richards
without getting too sloppy.

What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it?
Jeepster by T.Rex at a record shop in Manchester. I bought it because the label
had a picture of Bolan and Micky Finn on it and because it had three tracks,
which was a bit of a bonus for 20p.

Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be?
Probably Phil Spector in his heyday. because of his insane passion and endeavour
to cram all of that emotion into three and a half minutes. I mean, he was really
close to the loony bin. But imagine if he hadn't been weird enough to follow that

What do you sing in the shower?
My songs. Just to see if they sound good.

What is your favourite saturday night record?
I guess it would have to beThere's A Riot Goin' On by Sly And The Family Stone.
Cos' I've never got sick of it, and would it probably get me in a good frame of mind
to go out, and would probably still sound pretty good when I got back. The other one
would be Stories from The City, Stories From The Sea By P.J.Harvey.

And your Sunday morning record?
At the moment that would be the last Air album, 10,000hz Legend, which seem to
be able to play any place anytime, and it always does the trick, I can tell you what it
would't be - The Joshua Tree by U2. Only because when I was living in London
we had upstairs neighbours who only owned that one album, and only played an
album on Sunday mornings, so you'd get it for five hours on end every week.
I didn't know whether to kill them or the band.