Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr & Reviews of El-P and Killer Mike

Guitar hero Johnny Marr joins Jim and Greg live in the studio to talk about The Smiths and his new solo career. Later, Jim and Greg review Run the Jewels, the latest collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P.

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You can‘t always get what you want, but that doesn’t mean The Rolling Stones can't. Billboard reports that the band recently grossed $21.3 million in just five concerts on their“50 & Counting Tour.”Not bad for a bunch of rockers pushing 70. This tour also saw The Stones' return to London's revered Hyde Park venue. Forty-four years after their free concert honoring Brian Jones, the band performed to a crowd of 60,000 paying customers. Clearly The Stones can still bring out the crowds, but can they deliver the musical goods? Greg's answer is a hesitant“yes.”He caught them in Chicago and admits that while he wishes they'd throw more surprises into the set-list, the boys can still play.

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Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr is something of a serial collaborator. First, there's his most famous partnership: with Morrissey in The Smiths. Then there's Bernard Sumner, Billy Bragg, Bert Jansch, The Cribs and Modest Mouse. So perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that it took three decades for him to go solo. On The Messenger Marr isn't afraid to harken back to his Smiths sound. Mostly, he explains to Jimand Greg, he thought about all the fans he meets at shows (all but one fan). He admits that some of the lyrical content isn't that far from the songs he wrote as a lad, but lucky for us he was weened on great guitar pop from T. Rex. Greg asks Marr about the almost insane decision to quit The Smiths at the height of their fame. But he insists that the band wouldn‘t have lasted another two weeks; musically, they achieved everything they could. That’s not to diminish the band. He also credits them with inventing "indie."

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Run The Jewels

Last year we got El-P's Cancer 4 Cure and R.A.P. Music, the album he produced for Killer Mike. Now the two come together again to form Run the Jewels and release a self-titled album. Greg hears the two rappers“blowing off steam.”But that shouldn't suggest Run The Jewels is a blow-off. It's like breathless, old-school battle rapping with great beats to boot. He says Buy It. Jim admits El-P is a genius producer, but is disappointed by the lyrical content. He hears lazy smack talk about nothing. So while Run the Jewels is free, it's still a Try It.

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“House of the Rising Sun”The Animals

Greg paraglides into the desert island this week with a nod to his past. Just as Jim recalled a“summer song”last week, Greg remembers listening to AM radio in his parents' kitchen. The station was playing the 500 greatest songs of all time, and "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals hit him like a bolt. Many have recorded their own versions, but no one did it like The Animals and vocalist Eric Burdon.

Featured Songs

  1. Goose Island Credit Music: Pure Sunray,“Caramel,”Pure Sunray, 2013
  2. The Rolling Stones, You Can't Always Get What You Want, Let It Bleed, Decca/London, 1969
  3. Johnny Marr, The Messenger, The Messenger, Warner Bros., 2013
  4. Johnny Marr, The Right Thing Right, The Messenger, Warner Bros., 2013
  5. T. Rex, Ride a White Swan, Ride a White Swan (Single), Fly, 1970
  6. Johnny Marr, New Town Velocity, The Messenger, Warner Bros., 2013
  7. The Nerves, Hanging on the Telephone, The Nerves, N/A, 1976
  8. David Bowie, Rebel Rebel, Diamond Dogs, RCA Records, 1974
  9. Bert Jansch, Needle of Death, Bert Jasch, Transatlantic, 1965
  10. Bert Jasch, Crimson Moon, Crimson Moon, Castle Communications, 2000
  11. The Smiths, This Charming Man, This Charming Man (Single), Rough Trade, 1983
  12. The Smiths, What Difference Does It Make?, The Smiths, Rough Trade, 1984
  13. The Smiths, Miserable Lie, The Peel Sessions, Strange Fruit, 1988
  14. The Smiths, How Soon Is Now?, How Soon Is Now? (Single), Rough Trade, 1985
  15. The Gun Club, Run Through the Jungle, Miami, Animal Records, 1982
  16. The Smiths, How Soon Is Now?, How Soon Is Now? (Single), Rough Trade, 1985
  17. Modest Mouse, Dashboard, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, Epic Records, 2007
  18. Electronic, Get the Message, Electronic, Factory/Virgin/Warner, 1991
  19. Johnny Marr, Generate! Generate!, The Messenger, Warner Bros., 2013
  20. The Smiths, The Headmaster Ritual, Meat Is Murder, Rough Trade, 1985
  21. Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels, Fool's Gold, 2013
  22. Run the Jewels, Banana Clipper, Run the Jewels, Fool's Gold, 2013
  23. The Animals, The House of the Rising Sun, The Animals, Columbia Graphophone/MGM, 1964
  24. Wolf Parade, Language City, At Mount Zoomer, Sub Pop, 2008
  25. Indians, Magic Kids, Somewhere Else, 4AD, 2013
  26. Black Sabbath, God is Dead?, 13, Vertigo, Universal, 2013
  27. The Fugs, Kill for Peace, The Fugs, ESP-Disk, 1966
  28. Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel, Duke of the Beatniks, Hey Hey it's… The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band, N/A, 2013 ericburdon.com Eric Burdon's website