Morrissey is busy preparing his next solo album for release as he whittles down that 660-page memoir draft, but his former Smiths bandmate Johnny Marr has turned his attention toward film and television scores a bit, while also working on solo music. As previously reported, Marr’s follow-up to his remarkable collaborative effort scoring Inception with Hans Zimmer comes in the form of The Big Bang, an Antonio Banderas-starring crime-action-noir flick that will be released on DVD this month.
Speaking to Spinner, Marr revealed that director Tony Krantz recruited him on the basis of his 2003 solo album with the Healers, Boomslang: “[Krantz] was using terminology not normally associated with me — things like ‘trippy,’ ‘heavy,’ ‘psychedelic,’ ‘expansive. Those are not words usually associated with the work I did in the Smiths or Electronic.” Good news for fans of that LP also arrived this week: “I just want to write more than enough material to avoid ducking back into the studio to record a follow-up album,” Marr told Billboard of his plans to make 2 solo albums shortly.
Additionally, Marr has been enlisted to score the second season of the David Cross-starring IFC comedy The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. Below, you can preview an impressive, Inception-esque track from Marr’s Big Bang score alongside his catchy theme song to Todd Margaret, “Life is Sweet”:
“Big Bang and Dig” (The Big Bang Score)
“Life is Sweet” (Todd Margaret Theme)