Johnny Marr: ‘The Smiths were planning a disco album’

Marr reveald former band's intentions before their split in 1987

Johnny Marr has revealed that The Smiths were planning a disco album before they split in 1987.

The singer-songwriter made the announcement in a Q+A with the Guardian, in which he also revealed that he was at his happiest when he woke up “in a dark hotel room in Bayswater one winter’s evening in 1984, to find I’d recorded ‘How Soon Is Now?’ through the previous night.”

Marr also said that the living person he most admires is David Hockney, “for work, and for seeming to be inspired”, and that his most treasured possession is The Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar he used on Inception – which he wrote the score for – as well as his memory of the first time he played with Chic.

Johnny Marr released his second solo album, ‘Playland’, last year. Speaking to NME at the time, Marr described how the album addressed the “tension, boredom and anxiety” in society and how it affects people.

In October the Smiths man was joined onstage by Noel Gallagher during his show at the O2 Brixton Academy. The pair then played a cover of Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’ before launching into The Smiths ‘How Soon Is Now?’ Marr appears on track ‘Ballad Of The Mighty I’ on Gallagher’s new album ‘Chasing Yesterday’.

Meanwhile, last month, David Cameron was presented with a limited edition Salford Lads Club T-shirt which featured a photo of The Smiths. The Prime Minister quoted his favourite band as he said thank you, commenting: “You have made my day. Thank you very much, there is a light that never goes out.” Marr previously said Cameron was forbidden from liking the group.