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Johnny Marr

The supple, ringing guitars of Johnny Marr helped establish the Smiths among the most acclaimed and enduring bands of the 1980s. Born John Maher in Manchester, England, on October 31, 1963, he played in such little-known groups as Sister Ray and Freaky Party before forming the Smiths with singer Morrissey in 1982. In the years to follow they emerged among Britain's most successful acts, but in 1987, following sessions for the LP Strangeways, Here We Come, Marr dissolved the group, claiming their musical approach had gone stale. In the wake of the Smiths' demise, he made cameo appearances on records by the likes of Talking Heads and Kirsty MacColl before joining Matt Johnson's The The for 1989's Mind Bomb. Marr also teamed with New Order's Bernard Sumner and Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant in the alternative supergroup Electronic, scoring a hit with the single "Getting Away with It." Apart from a handful of guest appearances, he kept a relatively low profile during the '90s, most notably lending his talents to The The's 1993 effort Dusk and Electronic's long-awaited sophomore record, 1996's Raise the Pressure. Marr returned to music three years later on Electronic's third album, Twisted Tenderness, which wasn't released in the U.S. until fall 2000. He also spent time working with his new band, the Healers, playing dates across England. The next few years saw a time of redefinition and reflection for Marr. He finally assembled his Healers with ex-Kula Shaker bass man Alonza Bevan and Ringo Starr's drumming son, Zak Starkey, in 2002; a deal with ARTISTdirect's iMusic followed before the end of the year. Fans of this legendary guitarist were treated to Marr's proper singing debut in early 2003 with the release of Boomslang. In 2007, he appeared on the Washington band Modest Mouse's album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, and toured with them as a member. Marr stayed with the band into 2008 but soon switched allegiance to another band from another country -- the British indie group the Cribs. A songwriting session soon expanded into full-fledged membership and Marr wrote, played, and toured for the 2009 album Ignore the Ignorant. Like his stint in Modest Mouse, Marr lasted only one album with the Cribs before leaving for another project and, this time it was one that he led himself. He relocated his family to his hometown of Manchester and set about recording a solo album. The resulting record, The Messenger, appeared to strong reviews in February 2013. He quickly followed the record with a second solo set called Playland, which appeared in the autumn of 2014. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Johnny Marr

  1.   Song
  2.   Upstarts
  3.   Psychic Beginner
  4.   Generate! Generate!
  5.   I Want the Heartbeat
  6.   Bigmouth Strikes Again
  7.   Easy Money
  8.   Candidate
  9.   Lockdown
  10.   Getting Away With It
  11.   This Tension
  12.   Boys Get Straight
  13.   25 Hours
  14.   Dynamo
  15.   The Messenger
  16.   Back in the Box
  17.   The Crack Up
  18.   I Feel You
  19.   Use Me Up
  20.   Playland
  21.   The Trap
  22.   Say Demesne
  23.   European Me
  24.   New Town Velocity
  25.   The Right Thing Right
  26.   How Soon Is Now?
  27.   I Fought the Law
  28.   There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
  29.   The Headmaster Ritual
  30.   Exit Connection
  31.   Struck
  32.   Little King
  33.   Speak Out Reach Out
  34.   Sun & Moon
  35.   Word Starts Attack
  36.   The It-Switch
  37.   The Last Ride
  38.   Caught Up
  39.   Down on the Corner
  40.   Need It
  41.   You Are the Magic
  42.   Inbetweens
  43.   Another Day
  44.   Headland
  45.   Long Gone
  46.   Something to Shout About
  47.   Bangin' On
  48.   Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
  49.   On the Case by Hans Zimmer
  50.   Can I Have Your Number? by Hans Zimmer
  51.   House Hunting by Hans Zimmer
  52.   Can't Leave Her by Hans Zimmer
  53.   The Decision by Hans Zimmer
  54.   Justice by Hans Zimmer
  55.   Remembering by Hans Zimmer

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