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Johnny to be named "Godlike Genius" at this year's NME Awards.
Topic Started: Mon 11 Feb 2013, 20:10:22 (924 Views)
Je Suis Julie
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21409581

11 February 2013 Last updated at 13:15 ET

Johnny Marr to receive top NME honour

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr will be awarded with the Godlike Genius accolade at this year's NME Awards.

The event takes place on 27 February at The Troxy, an east London gig venue.

After recording with Modest Mouse and The Cribs, Marr releases his debut solo record, The Messenger, two days before the music magazine's annual ceremony.

Marr said he is "honoured" to be the next recipient of a gong that The Clash, Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher have won in recent years.

"It is a very nice thing to be getting this award," he said. "The NME seems to be good at giving this award to people I like, so I'm in good company. I guess it means that some things are alright with the world."

Marr left The Smiths in 1987 and later worked with the likes of The Pretenders and The The. He lead his own band Johnny Marr + The Healers and has contributed to recordings by former Red Hot Chili Peppers member John Frusciante, Talking Heads and Beck.

In 2010, Marr played guitar on film composer Hans Zimmer's soundtrack for the blockbuster movie, Inception.

He parted ways with The Cribs after four years in 2011 to focus on his solo material after early recording sessions for what would be the Jarman brothers' fifth studio album, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull.

NME editor Mike Williams said: "Never has anyone been so utterly deserving of the title.

"Not content with rewriting the history of music with one of the world's greatest ever bands, The Smiths, he's continued to push boundaries and evolve throughout his career, working with some of the best and most exciting artists on the planet."

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A bit of happy news at last. Enjoy your gong, Johnny. :)
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Je Suis Julie
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Congratulations to Johnny!

Has Morrissey been offered this? I think he has but turned it down? (not sure). He deserves it, too, but it's an understandable refusal, given his history with NME.
Edited by Je Suis Julie, Mon 11 Feb 2013, 20:13:32.
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Since1982
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This is spectacular. :guitar :applause :guitar :applause

I really like what Williams says. It's so much the truth. Johnny has been overlooked and underrated for far too long. It's about time! Yippee, good for Johnny, and all that. :D
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John E Maher

Marr is on the cover of this week's NME.
Headline pun 'Johnny be God'!
http://www.nme.com/magazine
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Je Suis Julie
Mon 11 Feb 2013, 20:13:05
Has Morrissey been offered this? I think he has but turned it down? (not sure). He deserves it, too, but it's an understandable refusal, given his history with NME.
I think he did turn it down. Didn't they give it to Nicky Wire instead?
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Yep - according to Moz they offered it to him twice

http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_071203_02

"The NME have, in the past, offered me their "Godlike Genius Award" and I had politely refused. With the Tim Jonze interview, the Award was offered once again, this time with the added request that I headline their forthcoming awards concert at the O2 Arena, and once again I declined it. This is nothing personal against the NME, although the distressing article would suggest the editor took it as such. My own view is that award ceremonies in pop music are dreadful to witness and are simply a way of the industry warning the artist "see how much you need us" - and, yes, the "new" NME is very much integrated into the industry, whereas, deep in the magazine's empirical history, the New Musical Express was a propelling force that answered to no one. It led the way by the quality of its writers - Paul Morley, Julie Burchill, Paul du Noyer, Charles Shaar Murray, Nick Kent, Ian Penman, Miles - who would write more words than the articles demanded, and whose views saved some of us, and who pulled us all away from the electrifying boredom of everything and anything that represented the industry. As a consequence the chanting believers of the NME could not bear to miss a single issue; the torrential fluency of its writers left almost no space between words, and the NME became a culture in itself, whereas Melody Maker or Sounds just didn't. Into the 90s, the NME's discernment and polish became faded nobility, and there it died - but better dead than worn away. The wit imitated by the 90s understudies of Morley and Burchill assumed nastiness to be greatness, and were thus rewarded. But nastiness isn't wit and no writers from the 90s NME survive. Even with sarcasm, irony and innuendo there is an art, of sorts. Now deep in the bosom of time, it is the greatness of the NME's history on which the "new" NME assumes its relevance."
Edited by Kathleen, Wed 13 Feb 2013, 12:28:21.
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From www.johnnymarrplaysguitar.com:

Johnny told Xfm's Dan O'Connell "There might be a surprise or two. But I don't think anyone should get carried away with any ideas, if you know what I mean. I like to play with my friends, and I've always got new friends. So that keeps things interesting. "

I wonder who's Johnny's new friends are, and will we see him playing with them? :guitar
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Congrats to Johnny! :)
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mammaof3
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http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/68932
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And this is pretty cool.... guitar wise, anyway. :thumbs

How Soon Is Now? - Johnny Marr & Ronnie Wood
Edited by mammaof3, Thu 28 Feb 2013, 08:30:36.
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