Johnny Marr's signature moves with the Smiths:
"Bigmouth Strikes Again"
"Stretch Out and Wait"
"That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore"
"I Know It's Over"
"William it Was Really Nothing"
"Frankly, Mr. Shankly"
"Well I Wonder"
Johnny mentioned in an old issue of Guitar Player that James was really his last influence before going out and starting the Smiths, at what, 18 or 19? The chorused tones of the Smiths' first album (and even subsequent albums) and JHS influence seems very obvious to me.
Heavy, heavy stuff. Just found them recently but am digging up more daily. BTW: I too was stumped on the guitar David plays with her. I'd heard them before I ever saw them and thought he was playing a mandolin with just four strings instead of eight. It's a thin, tinny sound to me - but he...
I thought he was a pretty eclectic guy across the board. And if you're one of those loons like me who rates a good/memorable solo that you can whistle none-for-note; the guy picks the right ones, for sure.
Was into them for a long time, very cool. I remember seeing them (too late in their career) and during "A Strange Day", Robert Smith clearly lifted the bass line from Joy Division's "She's Lost Control".
During the 80's - he was never afraid to experiment and everything he did at the time...
For me, it's just the deep low-moan of a down and out blues-monk, but I think you're close too as he's definitely all those things.
"I was born like this, I had no choice -
I was born with the gift of a golden voice..."
Going to see him outside in June at Redrocks.