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Johnny Marr interview: A guitar hero who serves the song
As guitar heroes go, Johnny Marr is a fairly unassuming one. His riffs, fills and solos – usually exceedingly terse and to the point – have helped shape countless indelible songs over the last 30 years for the Smiths, The The, Electronic (with New Order’s Bernard Sumner), Modest Mouse and the Cribs. He released an album with the Healers in 2003, a band that included Zak Starkey on drums. But he has never released a solo album – until this year. Marr’s “The Messenger” (Sire/ADA) consists of a dozen songs steeped in melody, biting guitars, sharp lyrics and unassuming vocals.
April 18, 2013