Watch: The Smiths’ Johnny Marr Talks Writing “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”

Watch the Smiths’ Johnny Marr talk about his inspiration for the song’s famous chords below…

As I’ve said before here on Screen Invasion, different people come to different artists at different times in their lives. For me, it’s kind of strange to watch an entirely new generation of kids discover the Smiths (seemingly through Joseph Gordon-Levitt flicks). Don’t get me wrong, this is not a negative knock on “kids these days”, it’s just that the Smiths are one of those seminal bands that I cannot imagine growing up without. So any time they’re treated like some kind of unknown commodity, it makes me tilt my head to the side and go, “really?”

One of the reasons for their cultish nature in the 21st Century has to be the fact that they broke up long before they could outstay their welcome and bestow us all with a Bridges to Babylon or Working on a Dream (look, I love Bruce too, but that album sucks). So when NME invited Johnny Marr to talk shop and play the song for the first time in 25 years, you can understand why it’s kind of a big deal. Not only do we get to hear Marr explain the genesis of the now famous first chords of “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”, we get to hear even more disdain in his voice whenever he has to reference Morrissey (just kidding Moz freaks).

Watch the video below:

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Jacob Knight is a screenwriter, novelist and journalist from Slotter, Mass. He is most times fueled by scotch, horror films and the Criterion Collection. He currently resides in Philadelphia, PA with his wife and cantankerous Westie pup.