Saturday, February 23, 2013

Still Got the Chops With the Old Axe

I'm really digging the new single by Johnny Marr, nee John Maher (Monsieur Marr changed the spelling of his surname, in part, to avoid being confused with fellow Manchester musician John Maher, the drummer for The Buzzcocks). Johnny Marr, whose jangly guitar sound was one of the defining characteristics of the music of legendary 80's britpop purveyors The Smiths becames a sought-after session musician and music producer. The new single, from a soon-to-be-released album The Messenger, is pure power pop... to put it in terms of "Manchester" bands, the music is more akin sonically to the music of The Buzzcocks than that of his old band, The Smiths, a band which, sadly, was never fronted by Foghorn Leghorn. Marr's voice is not as distinctive as the warblings of his former bandmate Stephen Patrick Morrissey, but it's a credible voice for a power pop anthem:





I wonder why Monsieur Marr didn't decide to become a frontman in his own right before now, but this move is better late than never, I suppose.

9 comments:

Another Kiwi said...

I heard a track from this album on Friday and liked it immediately.

Smut Clyde said...

CLOSE THE PARENTHESIS.
Unclosed parentheses are a trigger and such as.

mikey said...

Silly Smut.

The whole post is a parenthetical aside.

Us kewl kids know that...

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Probably didn't do his own gig because he was unsure of his voice. However, his work with the Cribs and The The was stellar, not to mention his stint with Modest Mouse.

Laura said...

That's pretty good stuff!

((Hugs))
Laura

Patricia said...

Being a "Front Man" means nothing. It's about the music. Do you want attention? Or are you an artist?

Laura said...

Wha?? I'm pretty sure I commented on this!
Is Blogger eating my posts??
I'll be back later to check on this....
grrr!

((Hugs))
Laura

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I heard a track from this album on Friday and liked it immediately.

You, good sir, are a man of discerning taste.

Unclosed parentheses are a trigger and such as.

Sorry, old chum... that happens when one is posting at the end of a graveyard shift.

Silly Smut.
The whole post is a parenthetical aside.
Us kewl kids know that...


Mikey gets it!

Probably didn't do his own gig because he was unsure of his voice. However, his work with the Cribs and The The was stellar, not to mention his stint with Modest Mouse.

Yeah, he's been a workhorse for so long now, it's nice he finally had a chance to be one o' them fancy show horses.

Being a "Front Man" means nothing. It's about the music. Do you want attention? Or are you an artist?

He's been a very prolific, sought after guitarist for so long, I think he finally wanted the fun of being the guy at the mic. I've been a fan of his work for decades, I can't begrudge him this.

Wha?? I'm pretty sure I commented on this!
Is Blogger eating my posts??
I'll be back later to check on this....
grrr!


Blogger is eating them because they are Laura's Best Ever Chocolicious Comments.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Laura, my stupid spam filter ate your comment, but I liberated it. The noive of that spam filter!