Johnny Marr is in town, Johnny Fucking Marr in London Town to be exact, at the place where it all started, Rough Trade records, the label that launched the Smiths into Indie legends. (or stopped them fulfilling their destiny of world dominance, if you listen to Morrissey). Anyway, upon completion of his short tour promoting his new record 'Call the Comet', he finds himself here, in Rough Trade, which in the 21st century is a large, beautifully chaotic record store with a stage at one end and a coffee shop at the other. Sadly the stage remained empty as Mr Marr was there to sign records only. We were told beforehand that due to the queue only one item per person could be signed and no selfies. I looked sadly at my copy of 'Rank' and the new album 'Call the Comet' and began to wonder which one i wanted signed. Fuck it ill give them both to him anyway and see what happens.
Happily when i gleefully plonked them in front of him he was more than happy to sign them both, I asked him why, 3 records in, 3 world tours in he had never come to Greece, he told me it was because nobody had ever asked him. "Really?" I replied, yep, all I want is someone to ask and a shit load of money and i will come over. "We don't have much money, you might have heard", said I. "Ha, only joking, i just want a nice hotel by the sea, get somebody to get me that and I'll be right over".
So there you have it, hopefully it wont be long before someone decides to ask the guy to come to Athens and play, in the meantime his new album is fantastic, more coherent and lyrically interesting than his previous 3 (including the long forgotten Healers album from the early noughties). Now will somebody please go and get him.