This week, Gorillaz' second album 'Demon Days' turns 10. To mark the occasion, we spoke to Shaun Ryder about his contribution to the record - 'DARE' - and how its lyrics really came about. Shaun Ryder: "I used to bump into Damon [Albarn] over the years. I wouldn’t say he was my best friend, but I’d bump into him and then I got a call to ask whether I’d come and do a track for his Gorillaz album. It was the second [album] and I hadn’t heard the first one – I knew about them, but I hadn’t heard the album. It’s a fucking great album though; he’s a talented fella.
The First Song I Remember Hearing ‘Telstar’ – The Tornados “A person on the radio said it was the sound of the future, and that sounded good to me. I must have been five or six. It’s a Joe Meek production, a very thin sounding proto-synth played over a surf-rock guitar backing. Up to that point I couldn’t identify with music at all. I didn’t like ’50s rock’n’roll, what they called in the ’60s ‘mums and dads’ music.
For the last decade, INmusic festival has been slowly building a reputation as the undiscovered gem of the European festival scene, and a truly Croatian experience. This year, for its 10th anniversary, it’s going to be better than ever. Here’s why you need to go to Croatia’s longest-running major music festival The line-up is incredible Placebo. Franz Ferdinand and Sparks’ collaboration, FFS, playing their fourth ever show. Florence + The Machine performing for the first time ever in Croatia. La Roux. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Need we go on? Oh, alright then.
As the reformed Minneapolis punk band play their first UK shows in 18 years, the solo artist and former frontman of Sonic Youth explains why Babes In Toyland are so vital Thurston Moore: "For me, for a certain period of time, Babes In Toyland were the greatest band on earth, and there are very few bands I can say that about. I’ll always remember when they first came to New York City and played at this little club called The Pyramid Club, which is a cool little place in the East Village that Sonic Youth used to play at a lot.
In new British romcom Man Up, American actress Lake Bell plays Nancy, a woman who accidentally gatecrashes someone else's blind date when Jack (Simon Pegg) mistakes her for the woman he's actually meant to be meeting under the clock at Waterloo station. The pair hit it off immediately, but will Nancy's deception kill the chemistry once Jack discovers who she really is? It's a frank and funny film driven by Bell's completely charming performance as Nancy, for which she adopts an English accent so convincing, even Renee Zellweger might get jealous.