Remembering the time Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher performed Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust for Life’
We all know that Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher’s relationship goes back a long way. In fact, Marr gave Noel a guitar in the early days of Oasis to help really get them off the ground. But there’s a particular performance which has us reeling in the Far Out offices, and that’s there 2014 cover of Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’.
to help really get them off the ground. But there’s a particular performance which has us reeling in the Far Out offices, and that’s there 2014 cover of Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’.
With Johnny Marr performing at the legendary Brixton Academy in 2014 the former Smiths guitarist had a big room to fill. While covers of The Smiths and other notable works under Marr’s belt would’ve helped his cause it’s always nice to be able to rely on a friend to help you out. Especially when that friend is the founding member of one of the biggest bands on the planet, Oasis. Noel would join Johnny on stage to help him finish the set.
With the set drawing to a close Marr turned to the crowd and asked them to welcome “one of the great songwriters for this country”, with his tongue firmly in his cheek he continued “he’s got a bright future ahead of him.” Enter Noel Gallagher.
First up was the aforementioned wonderful rendition of Iggy Pop and David Bowie’s co-created track ‘Lust For Life’ which is performed with considerable aplomb even considering the talent on show. The pair then joined together to perform a stripped-back rendition of The Smiths’ 1985 anthem ‘How Soon Is Now?’.
The performance came off the back of not only the pair’s friendship but from Marr’s session work for Noel’s then-upcoming new album Chasing Yesterday where Marr played guitar on ‘Ballad of the Mighty I’. Noel said at the time: “He’s a truly great guitarist and he has something that nobody else has. He’s amazing; a top man.”
The pair’s friendship is clearly an undying one as, unlike other artists Noel works with, he hasn’t yet trashed Johnny Marr. But then again, if a man gives you so many special guitars as Marr has given Gallagher, then you’d expect some kind of hero-worship.
Watch below as Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher perform Iggy Pop’s ‘lust For Life’ back in 2014.