Joey Barton to reform The Smiths

Semi reformed footballer and QPR captain Joey Barton, wants to reform The Smiths.

The footballer, who leapt to fame after stubbing a cigar out on someone’s face during a party in his days at Manchester City, and had a reputation for being a bit of a wild card at first seems like an unlikely ambassador in these proceedings – but on closer analysis has more pop culture connections than your normal player.

His cousin puts up the Creamfields festival and his Twitter page has revealed another side to him with quotes from philosophers, and a love of indie music, and especially The Smiths, whose singer Morrissey he has become friends with and famously went to see at Glastonbury.
The Smiths were always an interesting combination between foppish bookishness and hooligans with the smarts. Johnny Marr famously nearly had trials to be a pro football player but wore too much eye liner and the ever cuttingly smart Morrissey causes more trouble than any premiership footballer could imagine!

Barton seems to know Morrissey and Marr and was claiming he wanted to broker a deal between the two of them after meeting Morrissey some time this week. Whether this is fan’s wishful thinking or something a bit more serious is up in the air… There is communication between Morrissey and Marr and recent rumours of moves to reform a version of the band at some point were on the grapevine.

Our hunch is don’t rule it out, despite two successful solo careers (Morrissey’s new stuff sounded great recently and we thought Johnny Marr’s recent gigs in Manchester – where he sang Smiths songs were quite special…) there is always the intrigue of working with a great chemistry just like the Stone Roses found out… although the Roses reformation will have stolen the thunder of any other band reforming now for a few years The Smiths remain big news especially in America where they were one of the few Manchester bands to make a big impact.

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