04 August 2006

Johnny Marr now a full-time member of Modest Mouse

According to this RollingStone post, Johnny Marr is now going to be a full-time member of Modest Mouse:

According to Brock, Marr’s membership is so unequivocal, he will tour with MM in support of their next record, tentatively titled We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank and tentatively due this fall. “He made a cautious commitment to write and record with us, and then the tighter we got, he was like, ‘okay, let’s tour too,’” Brock said. “Then he was pretty much a member of the band - not pretty much. He’s a full blown member of the band. It’s really fuckin’ nice.”
Is this good news? Undecided. It's not a total surprise or anything...I first heard about Marr recording with Modest Mouse a while back and hey, let's be honest, Johnny Marr + the Healers kinda sucked. (though I think he's still planning a second album with The Healers...)

Either way, let's use this moment to post a song by The Smiths, shall we? At the Johnny Marr + the Healers show at Bowery Ballroom a few years ago I had an extra ticket and gave it away to someone standing outside. In doing so I also asked what his favorite Smiths song was in terms of Johnny's guitar work. His answer, "Back to the Old House".

"Back to the Old House"