Ex-Smiths Guitarist Johnny Marr Planning Two Solo Releases

Johnny Marr performs on stage at The Forum on October 15, 2009 in London, England.

Johnny Marr, the former songwriter and guitarist in the Smiths, is planning a return to front man status.

After stints performing with Cribs and Modest Mouse, Marr plans to release two albums within the next 18 months under his own name.

"With the Cribs not working I've been writing a lot on my own," Marr told Billboard at a pre-Academy Awards gathering. Marr did not have details on the timing of releases or even recording sessions.

The Cribs, meanwhile, will be heading into the recording studio this summer to work on their fifth album, according to NME. Marr was mum on whether he will join them on the project.

His only solo release since the Smiths' break-up in 1987 was "Boomslang" in 2003. Besides recording and touring with the Cribs and Modest Mouse, Marr has worked with the The, Neil Finn, Pet Shop Boys and others.

Marr was making the rounds at Oscar-related events with composer Hans Zimmer. The two collaborated on the score for "Inception."

"We will work together again," Marr predicted. "Right now I don't know what the movie is."