Ian Brown and Johnny Marr Team Up for TV Soundtrack

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Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown is enlisting the talent of legendary Smiths/Modest Mouse/Cribs guitarist Johnny Marr to compose some material for a television show.

The Mancunian rock vets are recording the soundtrack for a mutual friend's TV drama, which contains episodes covering a variety of subject matters like ticket touts, T-shirt grafters and pick pockets. "The idea is that Johnny writes the music and I write the words and the melodies," Brown told BBC news. They also hope to gather for the project former bassist bandmate Gary "Mani" Mounfield of The Stone Roses, or bassist Paul Ryder of The Happy Mondays.

The collaboration will make for some tricky scheduling as both Brown and Marr are tied up with their own projects. Marr is currently playing guitar for The Cribs and Brown just put out his sixth solo album My Way. The two met as teenagers and nearly shared a band, but Brown was already working with Stone Roses guitarist John Squire. Seems like they're ready to make up for lost time now.

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