Johnny Marr says he makes ‘outside music’ concept to combat ‘weedy, mopey shit’

The full cover interview can be found in this week's NME

Johnny Marr has opened up about his “outside music” concept, which he says informs the majority of his forthcoming second solo album, ‘Playland’.

Speaking in an exclusive new interview with NME in this week’s magazine, the former Smiths man goes on to explain that the idea is designed to combat the “weedy, mopey” music he thinks is prevalent today.

“I’ve been looking for this way of writing cool music for the daytime, because I actually think it’s more of a challenge, and is in some ways more impressive, to be able to do those songs that really work in the morning and in the afternoon,” he explained. “I started calling it ‘outside music’, as in you’re looking outside rather than looking inside too much.”


Continuing on to discuss his own musical past, he continued: “There’s a lot of music around that’s just celebrating a mopey attitude. It gets passed off as authentic, and I just don’t like that kind of mopey shit. Which might sound ironic coming from the guitar player who formed The Smiths – but the music was always intense in whatever direction it was goin’ in, and I’m all for intensity. Weedy, mopey shit we weren’t.”

Elsewhere in the interview, which is available on newsstands from today (October 1) and available digitally, Marr goes into depth about the political nature of his writing as well the character of ‘Playland’. “That sound [from his earlier work with The Smiths] has a lot of femininity in it, and beauty, and a refreshing lack of testosterone,” he said. “I think it’s just that the sound that was for my generation sits very well with me right now.”

Meanwhile, Johnny Marr will embark on a UK tour to promote ‘Playland’ this month, calling at 13 venues around the country.

Johnny Marr will play:

Lincoln The Engine Shed (October 13)
Southend Cliffs Pavillion (14)
Bexhill De La War (15)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (17)
Cardiff Great Hall (18)
Bournemouth O2 Academy (20)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (21)
London O2 Academy Brixton (23)
Bath Pavilion (24)
Manchester O2 Apollo (25)
Glasgow O2 Academy (27)
Newcastle 02 Academy (28)
Leeds 02 Academy (29)

To check the availability of Johnny Marr tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765