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Wednesday, November 27th, 2002

Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before

So Johnny Marr’s new band The Healers are finally releasing their debut album Boomslang on Feb 3 and are touring – they’re at Lee’s on Jan 26, a show with a hefty $25 pre-service charge price tag.

I think it’s sort of inevitable that I approach this release with some trepidation. While one of my all-time guitar heroes, Marr’s post-Smiths work has been spotty and the Healers stuff I have heard was underwhelming. I don’t know what I expect from Marr… obviously it’s unfair to want the second coming of the Smiths, but as I recall this stuff sounded pretty trad rock, Oasis-like.

I will definitely give the new stuff a listen, won’t say I’ll rush out and buy it on the day of release or anything, but I will give it a shot. I was listening to the last Electronic album this weekend… again, I probably have unrealistic expectationst but I would have liked to think that Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr could come up with something less patchy than they did.

I probably hold my heroes to too high a standard.

As for the show, I don’t know if I’ll be going – it’ll probably be a bunch of middle-aged mooks shouting out requests for Smiths stuff, anyway. And that I do not need.

np – Galaxie 500 / This Is Our Music

By : Frank Yang at 12:23 am
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