Johnny Marr looked up to Morrissey

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 February 2014
Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

The Smiths' Johnny Marr says he "looked up" to his band mate Morrissey during the height of their fame

The Smiths' Johnny Marr says he "looked up" to his band mate Morrissey.

The star thought it was an advantage to have an age different between him and Morrisey when they first began working on their music, when they were 18 years old and 23 respectively, because they had different things to offer one another, and was surprised to discover they shared the same interests.

Johnny told the NME: "We discovered that we liked a lot of the same things, but more importantly, we liked them in the same way, very very passionately. Bands, record covers, song titles, stories, characters ... we both felt these things were more important than so-called 'real' life. We elevated pop culture to a sort of mythical status, and we recognised that insane idealism and romanticism in each other.

"The age difference between us didn't matter. In fact - I saw it as an advantage - he'd had a bit of experience and I had a lot of youthful exuberance. I looked up to him, but at the same time, I felt like a bit of a trailblazer myself."

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Former Smiths guitarist, who's stuck to his indie credentials by gracing the stage with the likes of The Cribs, Dinosaur Jr and Modest Mouse.

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