Earlier this year the legendary Johnny Marr released his first ever solo album, The Messenger. Marr’s new song, The It-Switch, which is streaming now at Pitchfork, is the b-side to his new single New Town Velocity, a track from the album. The single will be released exclusively in the U.K. next week as a limited edition 7″ vinyl, and an iTunes download. By the way, Marr’s signature Fender Jaguar has got to be one of the coolest guitars in the current Fender catalog – hell, it’s really the ultimate Jaguar, with everything that’s great about the Jag and none of the bad bits that kept some players away. Check it out here. Read More …
Everyone seems to be going utterly nuts for the Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar. Why? What is it about this variant on the classic Jag that’s got everyone whipped into such a frenzy? Well, why don’t you let Mr. Marr himself tell you in this excellent video?
If you didn’t have time to sit through the whole video or your’e reading this on a dodgy work computer that can’t play YouTube videos (hey, it happens), here it is in a nutshell: custom-wound Bare Knuckle Johnny Marr single-coil neck and bridge pickups; custom-shaped maple neck based on Marr’s 1965 Jaguar, four-position blade-style pickup switch mounted to the lower-horn chrome plate (bridge, bridge and neck in parallel, neck, bridge and neck in series); two upper-horn slide switches (universal bright and pickup switch position four bright); Jaguar bridge with Mustang saddles, nylon bridge post inserts for improved stability, chrome cover and vintage-style floating tremolo tailpiece. And it’s available in two colours: Olympic White, and Metallic KO. Check ’em out!
Highly distinctive variation on classic model honors modern-era U.K. guitar great
Marr is best known, of course, as the strikingly dynamic and influential anti-hero guitarist-arranger-all-around-musical-wunderkind behind Manchester quartet the Smiths, which virtually redefined and ruled U.K. pop throughout the 1980s. A master of melody, layering and texture, Marr has always brought his own instantly identifiable ringing, jangling genius to the proceedings, as he has done in post-Smiths stints with The The, Electronic, the Pretenders and Johnny Marr and the Healers, and right up to the present with Modest Mouse, the Cribs and innumerable guest appearances.
Those of us who would dig the hell out a Smiths reunion, and have been leaping about like lunatics recently as word spread that singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr had started talking again, have been dealt a crushing blow, more devastating than the betrayal of Han Solo by Lando Calrissian, with Marr releasing the following statement:
The stories circulating about a Smiths reunion are as usual untrue. I’m currently very excited about writing and recording with The Cribs for a new album to be released next Summer and we’re playing shows in February, so going back in time isn’t in my plans.
Normally I think reunions can be pretty lame, but awww, c’mon!!!
This year I saw Marr play with Modest Mouse at the V Festival and it was a totally killer gig.
Oh well, I’ll redivert my reunion-wish energy to hoping Coverdale Page do another album.