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Free Diamonds


 

1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?

I have no idea how we would sound in a nutshell, we are too big to fit in one. however i guess it would sound very loud in such a confined space. I guess sassy, saucy, stompy.

2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
to play shows, to travel, too get slated by kids in their mams tight jeans for not being 'scene' enough. to play madison square gardens like zepplin.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
bono and paul mcartney, in a cage fight armed only with ice axes and rabid dogs, in a fight to the death.
4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
no, but if you transported the empty hall and stoke in its entirety into madison square gardens it would sound beauts.
5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
we hear its already in the planning. Martin Short, Steve Martin and Chevy Chase (Scott, Paul and Dave respectively) are all signed up for it. its going to be called '3 Amigos Rock The Party'. Final scene is in Madison Square Gardens.
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
erase errata are the most underrated band of all time. A band that sings songs about Owls hunting meat should be playing Madison Square Gardens every night.
7. What are your top five favourite albums?
link wray - 'three track shack'
Free-  'Live'
Jesus Lizard - 'Goat'
Jelly Fish - 'Spilt Milk'
Cliff Rescue and The helicopters - 'sexual sos'
8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
Plot to Blow Up The Eifel tower - lawnmower love
Blonde Redhead - for the damaged
les savy fav - this incentive
prince - i could never take the place of your man
led zepplin - poor tom
9. CD, LP or MP3?
mp3, although cd sounds way better than all of them.
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
I'd create a law ensuring that every community has a fully equiped and well staffed Youth Community centre open 24/7. A place where kids can hang out, play, organise their own events, talk to adults who listen and not feel like outcasts in a media paranoid nation. Also a replica Madison Square Gardens to be built in every city.

Absentee
Donkey-obsessed five-piece Absentee catch their breath after supporting the likes of The Magic Numbers and Shout Out Louds, and use their collective brain to answer ten topical teasers.

http://www.absenteemusic.co.uk
1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Mumble rumble twang!
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
We really enjoy the feeling that we may pass out and be sick on ourselves in front of a group of strangers who have paid to be there.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
John Peel and Elvis Presley...just to have them back on the planet.
4. Best and worst gig experiences?
We don't remember playing any gigs.
5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Dudley Moore and Mary Tyler Moore.
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
Broken Family Band, Rumblestrips, Oli 'n' Clive, Triggerbox, Lynch Rider Lulu.
7. What are your top five favourite albums?
Lou Reed - Transformer
Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
Bonnie Prince Billy - Ease Down the Road
David Bowie - Low
Stephen Malkmus - Stephen Malkmus
8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
Five Live.
9. Heroes and Villains?
No-one should be judged so meanly. This question incites prejudice...we all have our problems!
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
We're not yet qualified to answer but maybe when we're older...

Fanfarlo
Swedish/English indie-pop duo Fanfarlo briefly emerge from the cave they like to call "home" to explain why people with digital cameras are evil and to reveal that, yes, they are only in it for the ladies.

www.fanfarlo.com
1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Listenable.
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
To get girls, obviously.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
We would like to see Raymond Burr wrestle himself, just to see how he would pull it off.
4. Best and worst gig experiences?
Our worst gig was probably that time when we were playing in Shoreditch. Nobody was there to watch us except for the other bands, cause we were playing really early. And the other bands weren't really into the same kind of music as we are. Let's be diplomatic and call them... experimental. Anyway, we had a backing track, and the sound engineer made the very interesting decision to play it through a bass amp. We ended up playing all our songs backwards to see if anyone noticed.

We've had some really good times at Nambucca. Like that time with the balloons. And a choir of 25 school kids in their uniforms, with clarinets. It sounded awful, but it was fun.

5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Anthony from Anthony and the Johnsons.
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
Semifinalists are really good. Bearsuit are also good, especially live. The Ponys are also good. And although Sufjan Stevens is pretty well known by now, I think he deserves to be mentioned as well. We went to one of his gigs and it was like nothing we'd seen before.
7. What are your top five favourite albums?
In no particular order:

Giles:
Wreck Collection by Big Boys
The Unanimous Hour by Lungfish
Millions of Now Living Will Never Die by Tortoise
Live in Chicago 1999 by Joan of Arc
Nothing Feels Good by The Promise Ring

Simon:
Black Foliage by Olivia Tremor Control
Tigermilk by Belle and Sebastian
Hot Rats by Frank Zappa
Either Or by Elliott Smith
Can't help but putting Funeral by Arcade Fire on here as well even though it's a bit recent

8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
Born To Be Wild
Born To Run
Born Free
Born Under A Bad Sign
Born On The Bad Side
9. Heroes and Villains?
Giles says: Remember when you were 15 and everybody wanted to be a DJ, so everybody had a set of 1210s for Christmas? Digital cameras are the new 1210s - everybody says they're a photographer because they took a photo that appeared on suicidegirls.com or Vice magazine. Those people are villains.A hero is Daniel Higgs.

Simon says: I don't want to go on a political rant here... let's just say I'm too twee to not be friends with everyone.

10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
Ban camera phones at gigs.

Phil from Stressed Records
Stressed records supremo Phil takes time out from promoting Stressed Volume II (out on October 3rd) to answer our questions...

http://www.stressedrecords.co.uk/

1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Derby based and Stressed!
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
I've always been interested in the business side of the music industry and every band I've tried to start has imploded before we had hit a note, so maybe id have more luck releasing other peoples music rather than my own. At the moment i'm just trying to promote the local talent in Derby and establish Stressed.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Razorlight vs Harold Shipman. He's a man with a golden touch.
4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
Yes ? Moans!
5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Micheal Gross, the guy who plays Burt Gummer in the Tremors movies. He's over 30yrs older than me, looks and sounds nothing like me but he's my Idol. He can also dispose of gigantic worms too.
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
Listen to Stressed Volume II, there are a whole load of them.
7. What are your top five favourite albums?
 

Kerbdog - On The Turn
Kyuss - Sky Valley
Unida - Coping with the Urban Coyote
Brant Bjork - Jalamanta
Interpol - Antics

Basically if you've been in Kyuss i'll love your albums!

8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
If id been on tour, which I haven?t then it would be:

Brant Bjork - Let the Truth be Known
Qotsa - Mexicola
Rage against the machine - Bulls on Parade
Fixit Kid - Ex-Robot
The Atoms - Don't Wanna Disco

9. CD, vinyl or MP3?
CD or MP3, never caught on to Vinyl
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
Public holiday on St Georges Day as that is my birthday.

Hiem
Bozz from Sheffield electro pirates Hiem passes his eye over the tasty 10...

www.hiem.net

1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
We Just write songs really ,for the dancefloor ,were trying to strike that balance between bowie and teifscwharz
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
Nicco and I have both been tinkering with promotions and putting out records for years ,I think its when I saw ,the rubettes on top of the pops when I was a nipper,Niccos always been a performer ,his parents travelled the uk as a country and western showband ,he’s still got some little cowboy boots.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
It would have to be Mira and Helen from Ladytron ,don’t think I need an explanation for this one!!!!!!!!!!
4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
Yes Definitely ,all the pots would smash
5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Nicco would be good played by  Donald Sutherland ,and I think me(Bozz) it would have to be Brian Blessed.
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
We've got time for the Long Blondes ,they seem like a nice bunch
7. What are your top five favourite albums?
 

Bowie - Low
Add n to (x) - Add Insult to injury
Hiem - 1 (forthcoming)
Daft Punk - Discovery
Gram Parson - Grievous Angel
8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
Nicco:
Power Lunch –Har Mar Superstar
Perspex Sex –Ewan Pearson Mix
Japanese Motor Car #1 –Hiem
Digital Love – Daft Punk  
Babies -Pulp

Bozz:
Washing Up –Thomas Anderson
Safari-   Kiki =Silversurfer mix
Dj-Bowie
Dj Culture -Hiem
Amateur Hour -Sparks

9. CD, vinyl or MP3?
Vinyl
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
Free Love and Hiem Music  for everyone

Additional Moog
Jeff Lynne lovers Additional moog answer the tasty ten...
www.additionalmoog.co.uk
1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Slightly lo-fi indie in an alt. country fried bap served with a side order of 60's pop and roots rock.
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
Paul Simon and Jeff Lynne
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Paul Simon or Jeff Lynne vs. Syd Barrett
4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
Maybe...I'll tell you later.
5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
I'd say Paul Simon or Jeff Lynne - is this getting predictable yet?
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
ELO are underrated - especially the 1986 album "Balance of Power" - but I like it that way. So does Karl Wallinger.
7. What are your top five favourite albums?
Do live albums count? If so.. "The Concert in Central Park" Simon & Garfunkel, "Time" ELO, "the White Album" The Beatles, "Strangeways, here we come" The Smiths, "Wowee Zowee" Pavement
8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
"To Sir With Love" Lulu.
"Sure Nuff n Yes I Do" Don Van Vliet,
"Liberty Belle" Super Furry Animals, "Xanadu" Olivia Newton John with ELO, "Room Games and Diamond Rain" Silver Jews 
9. CD, vinyl or MP3?
Vinyl - without a doubt. Nothing taste's better than a dinked 7" in company sleeve. But I couldn't do without my holy mp3 jukebox.
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
Simple. I'd be in charge of Britain and bring in a new rule that weekends are extended for everyone to include Mondays. Think about it, if everyone started working four day weeks the country would have more leisure time, people would be happier. I'd also abolish CDs and make 7" singles the main and compulsory format.

Sean from McWatt
1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Classical Music for Punkers. And Sea Shanties.
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?

Jimi Hendrix

3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?

Someone really hard vs. Tony Blair, for obvious reasons.

4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?

I have done this thing, and we did.

5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?

Boris Becker, so that people could go “you know you look like Seth” to him all the time and piss him off.

6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?

Vol de Nuit, from Newcastle, are stunning. Lianne Hall from Brighton is not famous enough.

7. What are your top five favourite albums?

In no particular order:
Spiderland, by Slint
Double Nickels on the Dime, by the Minutemen
Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus
Live at The Village Vanguard by John Coltrane
The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky,
Moscow Phil or something conducted by Markevitch

8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!

Sarah always gets to choose, cos she’s driving

9. CD, vinyl or MP3?

Vinyl!

10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
How long have you got? First I’d ban cars and provide bicycles for all, and you could only have a van if you had something really big to move like a double bass or something. Then I’d ban High heels. And then and then and then...

Chris Summerlin (Last of the Real Hardmen)
LOTRHM creates Instrumental Fahey-esque musings that will chill your bones and warm your cockles.
1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
It’s simple instrumental guitar music, composed so as to hopefully not sound like the vocals are missing though I am loathe to call them ‘pieces’ as it makes me sound more of a wanker than I already do. It’s largely acoustic these days. Sometimes joined by cello. Never too flash or technical, sometimes a little wobbly. Maybe sometimes a little sinister. Always coming from the right place though.
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?

The reason I like playing in a band is that I love playing live more than anything else and I’m also coming round to enjoying the studio too. But for LOTRHM it’s different. I’ve never really actively sought out gigs or the chance to put out records (though I am thankful both things continue to happen), it’s more like something I do for myself. I started doing it because my friend Ian jokingly suggested at a slightly difficult time in my life that a solo gig would “really give me something to worry about” and I’ve just been doing it since. It’s true to say that an increase in LOTRHM gigs and activity usually coincides with some sort of mini life-crisis so I suppose my answer is that doing this particular thing helps me sort my head out. Crap answer.

3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?

Kirsty Allsop (of Location, Location, Location) and Sarah Beany (of Property Ladder). The reason is that I enjoy both their TV programmes but can never decide which is best and I think this solution would sort it once and for all. Obviously, I would be the judge.

4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?

Hmmm…I have never been to Stoke. For the benefit of everyone making music purely for their own amusement I would have to answer a big “Yes”.

5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Even though I can see it throwing up certain problems I would say without hesitation: Eddie Murphy.
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?

Any British band/artist. Seems like we’re all destined to open for our American contemporaries forever and occasionally get a 2 line snidey, dismissive review on some arsehole’s blog.

Some of these bands are bigger than others but they’re all super under rated: The Unit Ama, Soeza, Spin Spin The Dogs, The Big Bang, Felix, James Blackshaw, Chris/Martin, Twinkie, Gareth Hardwick, Designer Babies, The Emmigrants, Prints, Quack Quack, Joeyfat, The Notorious Hi-Fi Killers, Eska, Econoline, Woman, The Telescopes, The Neon Set, Bullet Union, Like A Kind Of Matador, Clambake…millions more…

And even though he’s American, I think Preston Long is as under rated as they come.

7. What are your top five favourite albums?

They change every minute. At 08.33 on 4/11/05 they are:
Captain Beefheart – Clear Spot
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
The Stooges – Fun House
John Fahey – Best Of 59-77
Sonny Sharrock – Black Woman

8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!

Having never toured with LOTRHM I’ll have to go from the few times I’ve got a lift anywhere and it’s usually with my long suffering housemate Gareth who has to sit and watch me play, get drunk and then sleep all the way home. The current favourites for chomping the miles are:
Soundgarden – Rusty Cage
Silver Jews – Random Rules
The Jesus Lizard – Boilermaker
Golden – Hot
Dead Meadow – I Love You Too

9. CD, vinyl or MP3?

Vinyl every time – bigger artwork and better sound quality if you’ve got a good record player. Plus, they last longer if you look after them.

10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?

The date and the neighbourhood I live in may have influenced my decision here but I think I would ban the sale of fireworks. In Sneinton, at any rate. I would also allow bands to break the speed limit to get to gigs. Thinking about it I would also put a wall around London and make it it’s own country called The London, which means we could move the capital of England somewhere nicer and bands wouldn’t have to go and play in that cruddy shithole ever again. I would also ban advertising because I think it’s creepy. And I would put a crippling tax increase on 4x4 vehicles. And I would have a huge bronze statue of Joe from Bilge Pump erected on the M1 coming into Leeds, like an angel of the North but with a better arse. He would be in a dressing gown, smiling and pointing to the road. Underneath it would say in huge letters

“THE FUCKING CUNTS TREAT US LIKE PRICKS”.


Econoline
'How could we know when we ended up with the name of the Ford Motor companies most popular American Van that it would take us this far?'
1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Waves in the air that the bits in your ear decode, but then I am, literally, an idiot. Perhaps I would say, songs, the sound of indie rockers discovering folk/ country/ electronic music but still digging out Bee thousand, Bakesale and Bug on occasion
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
Indoor work, no heavy lifting.. I was conned, I have played in the rain, sweltering heat, and on one occasion it was so windy that my amp fell over. Also, only this morning, I dropped an amp on my finger and it hasn’t stopped bleeding.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?

I saw celebrity wrestling once, I got up too early on a Sunday morning, it was terrifying. Perhaps Paul Daniels V Derren Brown.. the Old guard V the new.. either way society is the real winner.

4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?

Actually both times we played in stoke there were some people, so I couldn’t say. Judging by empty halls in other towns, the loudest noise is usually the voice in my head saying WHY.

5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
that monkey from Tarzan that grew old gracefully and painted pictures.
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?

MANY!

Last of the real hardmen from Nott’s is doing a record on www.birdwar.com that I have already on super limited clear acetate and it’s great (I was in this band for one gig though). 

I’m being good from brighton are about to put out a great album on www.jonsonfamily.com

Lords from Nottingham are about to put out an equally awesome record on www.gringorecords.com

Soeza from Bristol are probably the best live band in the UK, fantastic like dexy’s midnight runners doing fugazi

I had an inkling from Manchester are one of the only herky jerky gang of four indie bands that I think are any good, they chuck a load of other elements in too, their drummer’s also in another great band from Leeds called Quack Quack who I heard recently on resonancefm WHICH ALSO DESERVES A SHOUT OUT. www.resonancefm.com lots of great shows my fave’ is the glass shrimp show which goes out on Wednesday’s at 5pm.. not just cos they’ve had me on either. They are always worth a listen, live sessions from deerhoof, interviews with vashti Bunyan it’s all there!

Epideme from brighton are great ramshackle shouting indie rock

Blood Red shoes and Projections from Brighton both featuring Steve Ansell from cat on form/ the Oedipus are great a boy girl punk rock duo and a really good inventive rhthymic post hardcore trio respectively. Steve also played drums on some new econoline material that he was engineering he is a great guy.

The Ik Jan Cremers from Amsterdam are a great pavement/ sonic youth style indie rock pop band

Thee More Shallows from San Francisco are brilliant we played with them at the betsy Trotwood which holds 40 people, they should have been playing somewhere much bigger, very Yo La tengo well constructed indie rock stuff.

Jason Anderson/ Wolf Colonel on K is amazing why aren’t people creaming for his album “the Wreath” go and get it off itunes

Pattern is Movement is another good thing that came out recently like an Americana stereolab, awesome.

The American analog set don’t get enough love in my opinion, I am currently enjoying their new “set Free” album a great deal.

Erin Tobey on Plan it X records, like Joanna Newsom crossed with Billy bragg.

7. What are your top five favourite albums?

All time:
Captain Beefheart Clear Spot/ Spotlight kid
Husker Du Warehouse songs and stories
Dinosaur Jr Bug
Neil Young After the Goldrush
Stevie wonder Songs in the key of life 

Of recent times:
Joanna Newsom Milk Eyed Mender
Superwolf s/t
Why? Elephant Eyelash
Boredoms Vision Creation Newsun (I know this is old but I only got it last year)
Onieda the Wedding

8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!

golddigger 3:32 Kanye West bday mix 30th  
What's my name 4:08 Snoop Dogg bday mix 30th  
The next episode 5:20 Dr Dre with Snoop Dogg  bday mix 30th  
Crazy in Love 4:11 Beyonce bday mix 30th  
Scandalous 4:03 Mysteeq bday mix 30th

That’d do for starters

9. CD, vinyl or MP3?

Vinyl for me, though MP3’s (or Aiff’s do seem to be what I purchase most these days)

10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?

Try and persuade people to get more local, I’m  not sure how but if people tried to source more of their consumer goods closer to home, lived where they worked, spent time in their local pub’s, shops/ parks then people might be more invested in their surroundings and treat them (and the people in them) better.. Not sure how I’d do this.. Shoot everyone in the foot and take their cars away? Tie them to one another? I’d think of a way.


Budokan Fire
Described as "a pack of ranting bastards" (by themselves!), newly-formed ska-punk band Budokan Fire celebrate the completion of their debut EP by taking the Tasty Ten and ruminating on the joys of watching muppets kick the crap out of celebrity Radio 2 DJs.
http://www.budokanfire.com
1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Mike - Sounds like it's about to shatter.

Morgs - Like a retard with a machine gun.

Caz - Well catchy but clued up, loike.

2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
Mike - I had been DJ-ing and producing on my own for too long. I wanted some lads to bounce off and make use of the tracks I had been writing. Plus fronting is something I naturally want to do. I have too much energy and it's gotta go somewhere!

Morgs - It keeps me off the streets and also I can act like a complete loon and not get sectioned.

Caz - I just love the idea of travelling about with a gang of mates writing songs and having the craic, gypsy stylee.

3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Mike - Terry Wogan and Zippy!

Morgs - My mum and Liam Gallegher cause I reckon she'd av im!!

Caz - Renee from "Ali McBeal" cos she's a full bodied raunchy bitch and I favour the fuller figure. The other celeb would be me in a few months time (please, God!)

4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
Mike - Doubt it, if they had any sense they would look at each other and say "This is f*ckin sh*t, what sort of c*nts are we agreeing to play an empty gig up here? Let's do ourselves off the bridge!"

Morgs - They could always fart through the mic.

Caz - You're askin a philosophy teacher 'ere and I can't even be bothered answering that!

5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Mike - Freddie Kruger

Morgs - Gian Franco Zola on the axe would be awesome.

Caz - Biff Byford (Saxon) in a rock opera.

6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
Mike - I have to say that The Toyin Melody are rather spesh! Maximo Park have, for me, been unrivalled in their songwriting and I hope they go huge - best gig I have seen this year.

Morgs - The Roses should reform with me as their roadie. Also, check out my mate Si's band: 586

Cas - I think Phoenix are an incredibly under rated band. Such quality songwriting on Alphabet. No hype.

7. What are your top five favourite albums?
Mike:
1:Queen - A Day at the Races
2:The Specials - More Specials
3:The Clash - London Calling
4:Happy Mondays - Pills n' Thrills
5:Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland

Morgs:
1. Stone Roses - Stone Roses
2. Police - Regatta de Blanc
3 - Happy Mondays - Pills n' Thrills
4 - Led Zeppelin 1
5 - Primal Scream - Screamadelica

Caz (in no particular order):
Back Sabbath- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,
Stone Roses- Second Coming
Van Morrison -Live at the Belfast Opera House,
Prodigy- Music for the Jilted Generation,
NWA -Straight Outta Compton,
Thin Lizzy- Black Rose (I can't leave that out)

8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
We ain't on tour yet so no c*nt is answering this.
9. Heroes and Villains?
Mike - Hero: It's gotta be Freddie Mercury! He was a class mentalist in spandex!
Villain: Michael Ball

Morgs - Hero: my boy
Villain: his mum!!!

Caz - Heroes: Phil Lynnot, Ozzy, Geezer, Chuck D,The Dalai Lama.
Villains: Chris Moyles, Ian Beale and any (other) abusers of human rights.

10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
Mike - I would like to run an utterly filthy and fantastical country where nothing is real and all manner of excitement is paid for by the government. So I would make all clubs and bars free and unlicensed and let people work 20 hour weeks but pay heavy tax to cover all their binging. Fair?.

Morgs - Happy Hour on the hour every hour (I think there might be a song in that).

Cas - I'd need some time to think about that one. I 'd probably fuck things up royally in just a day. Is this a Jim'll Fix It question? If so I would legislate all sorts of bold and wonderful acts to be done to me during my day of fun - ooooohh!