The 'Panic' band split in 1987, shortly after guitarist Johnny left the group, and while relations between himself and singer Morrissey have never been repaired, he knows how well a reunion by the band would be received.
He told Rolling Stone magazine: ''I don't know about the possibility of reuniting, but what I do know is that I understand how great it would be to make so many people happy.
''And the other thing I know is that Morrissey and I are so very different. Those are the only things I know.''
Johnny defended his actions in leaving the group, saying it was inevitable that it would happen at some point.
He added: ''I was the lookout saying, 'Rocks ahead! Rocks ahead!' I had the foresight to see disaster looming - both for the individuals, personally, and the band, professionally.
''I had a lot of insight and wisdom for a 23-year-old.''
Johnny also made an effort not listen to any of The Smiths four albums until long after the split.
He added: ''I kind of went out of my way not to hear them until, I guess, around 1995 or 1996 - so that would've been 10 years later.
''I put on 'Strangeways, Here We Come'. That was the first and only time that I played a record in its entirety and just kicked back and listened to it.
''And what happened was, a split second before every note or every cymbal crash or every word - I knew it was coming. Every bit of information. It was like muscle memory or instinct. It was kind of cool.''