Johnny Marr says he preferred Modest Mouse to The Smiths

Smiths guitarist was in the US group from 2006 to 2009

Johnny Marr has revealed that playing in The Smiths wasn’t his greatest career highlight.

As well as The Smiths, Marr has also been a member of many other bands over the course of his career, including Electronic, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs.

Marr joined US band Modest Mouse in 2006, appearing on their 2007 album ‘We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank’, which reached number one in the US, a first for Marr. He toured with the group before parting ways in 2009.


Speaking to The Guardian ahead of his forthcoming autobiography, Marr was asked which band he enjoyed playing with the most. His response of Modest Mouse came “without a beat”.

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On whether he preferred playing with Modest Mouse to The Smiths, Marr replied: “Yeah. People don’t believe it when I say that. I love Modest Mouse so much because the chemistry of those guys was a real brotherhood. They were a great American band, and I really wanted to be in a great American band.”

The guitarist is set to publish his memoir Set The Boy Free on November 3. It follows the release of Morrissey’s best-selling autobiography in 2013.

Elsewhere in the Guardian interview, Johnny Marr talks about meeting with Morrissey and discussing reforming The Smiths. There’s also an extract from his book.

Morrissey recently said that reuniting with The Smiths with Marr “doesn’t make sense any more”.

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