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Johnny Marr responds to The Smiths reunion speculation


Johnny Marr has spectacular ended any possibly, faintest, distant dream that The Smiths would ever consider a reunion.

Marr tweeted a picture of himself posing in front of the Candy Darling inspired artwork for Smiths single ‘Sheila Take A Bow’ with the caption: “Candy says ‘back with news very soon,” somewhat provocatively. The image, quite predictably, led to one fan asking the question: “A miraculous Smith’s reunion??” to which the guitarist replied:

“People just don’t want to let go of this fractured band business,” Marr told the NME. “You know, we were never gonna be together for 30-40 years. We weren’t REM, we weren’t U2, you know it’s just nonsense. We had 70 songs in the bank. That was enough.”

“I’ll get on with doing movies and making records with other people and which is what I always wanted to do. So, I’m very happy with the way everything turned out.”

Speculation reached fever pitch last year when Marr released a tale of how he and Morrissey met up in 2008 to catch up after a decade apart. In the extract published in the Guardian, Marr explained how conversation moved on to a possible re-form and, for four days at least, it looked a real possibility:

“One day in September 2008 we were only a couple of miles apart in south Manchester and arranged to meet up in a pub nearby. I was happy to see him – it was 10 years or more since we’d last met. We caught up with personal news and family and reminisced a bit.”

“Then our conversation turned to deeper things. Morrissey started to talk about how our relationship had become owned by the outside world, usually in a negative way. We had been defined by each other in most areas of our professional life. I appreciated him mentioning it, because it was true.”

“The drinks kept coming and we sat talking for hours. We chatted, as we always did, about the records we loved, and eventually we moved on to “that subject”. There had been rumours for years that The Smiths were about to re-form, and they were always untrue. I had never pursued any offer.”

“Suddenly we were talking about the possibility of the band reforming, and in that moment it seemed that with the right intention it could actually be done and might even be great. I would still work with the Cribs on our album, and Morrissey also had an album due out. We hung out for a while longer, and after even more orange juice (for me) and even more beer (for him) we hugged and said our goodbyes.”

“I was genuinely pleased to be back in touch with Morrissey, and The Cribs and I talked about the possibility of me playing some shows with The Smiths. For four days it was a very real prospect. We would have to get someone new on drums [original drummer Mike Joyce sued Morrissey and Marr over royalties in 1996], but if The Smiths wanted to re-form it would make a hell of a lot of people very happy, and with all our experience we might even be better than before.”

“Morrissey and I continued our dialogue and planned to meet up again. I went to Mexico with the Cribs, and then suddenly there was radio silence. Our communication ended, and things went back to how they were and how I expect they always will be.”