According to the Tony Fletcher biography (which is the only one Johnny has effectively given his approval to), he explained he had been asked to work with Talking Heads and Bryan Ferry, and as he felt Morrissey was putting roadblocks in the Smiths' career path, he was planning on accepting both offers. But first, he wanted a holiday.
So, it sounds like it could have just been a temporary break while he worked on stuff outside the band, but the others interpreted it as a resignation speech. Clearly nothing was fully decided here - that decision was made once Morrissey put out the NME story that he'd left the band.
Can anyone source this?As someone said a few weeks ago on here, there is an interview with Johnny recorded in the US mid-1987 where he sounds very enthusiastic about getting back to work with The Smiths.
Oh, the NME split announcement (August '87) and Marr quotes in it are worth a look:
"My reasons for leaving the Smiths were manifold. I wasn't really very happy with my personal life, because I didn't have one (...) I felt that unless I had a break, I was going to dry up and end up not writing. We had a bit of a scrap about it and I didn't come back, that's pretty much it."
Can anyone source this?
He left mid (June) '87 for a 'break' to then fully leave in July and almost anything I can find post-split supports him being engaged with The The, Ferry, Pretenders etc and saying how if they'd continued it wouldn't have worked out. It would be odd to leave a band and also say how much you want to get back with them in the exact same time period.
I'd have killed to see you two together, what a pair!Reminds me of the time Phil Gatenby and I gave a Smiths Calendar to Mike. On one page was Geales. I said to Mike "Where the Smiths broke up!"
He looked a little sad and just said "Yeah. I know"