Johnny Marr Denies Rumors That Factory Records Turned Down The Smiths
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.19.2014
They turned Factory down...
In an interview with NME, Johnny Marr said that the rumors that Factory Records turned down The Smiths is a "crock of shit" The band were signed to London's Roughe Trade Records and there were rumors that Tony Wilson's Manchester label refused to give them a deal.
Marr said: "If you were a musician in Manchester at that time, it was almost the law that you went on your hands and knees and begged Tony Wilson for his papal blessing to stick you in the studio, and I wasn't about to do that. So much has been made of Factory apparently turning The Smiths down, but that's a crock of shit. The Smiths would have signed to Factory over my dead body... I didn't want to be assimilated into the Factory aesthetic. Before we knew it, we would've had side-partings and khaki shorts, with bongos round our necks... No disrespect to A Certain Ratio."
The band's self-titled debut album turns 30 this year after arriving in February 1984.