Johnny’s Conversation with Jim and Greg on Sound Opinions

Johnny Marr joined Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, music critic for the Chicago Tribune, for a podcast conversation on WBEZ Chicago Sound Opinions back in April, when Johnny was touring the US. Aired on 19 July 2013, they talked about his solo album, the early influences of Bert Jansch, Niles Rodgers and James Williamson, his neighborhood in the early 70’s, Billy Duffy, producer John Porter, the John Peel sessions, indie music, writing the trilogy ‘How Soon Is Now?’, ‘William, It Was Really Nothing’ and ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’ and the limitations of The Smiths.

‘Johnny Marr explains how he became aware of Bert Jansch’ – Video by Sound Opinions
(added 26 August 2013)

“One of the reasons why there are echos in this record of things that I’ve done in the past was that I just didn’t care to edit it out. David Bowie is a really great example of that, you know, to the extreme really from record to record. And I’ve done that myself, too. But on this record I ignored that consideration. I wanted it to be a record that the songs would be good to play live. So the tempos are pretty much up and the arrangements are tight. They don’t go on for too long and there’s not too much studio illusion. ”

Johnny Marrr, 2013


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