Brian Cannon, founder of design agency Microdot, was practically the sixth member of Oasis in their '90s heyday, creating all their artwork, partying with the band and even playing keyboards on the track ‘Morning Glory’. “It was just a laugh,” recalls the man who initially got the gig because Noel Gallagher liked his trainers.
It’s not even June yet and already 2015 is shaping up to be one of the weirdest years in music ever. Have there been other years as strange? In 1989, when Fleetwood and Fox famously blundered their way through the Brits and Jason Donovan had the best selling album of the year, many probably thought it would never be topped. And yet 2015 - still relatively young - could turn out to be yet more freakish. We’ve chosen just ten good reasons from a cornucopia on offer to prove why the world has gone completely bananas (except for Jack White’s tour rider which outlawed bananas, natch).
You’d forgive a hotly tipped British hip-hop hopeful about to embark on a busy summer of huge festivals for being nervous about the months ahead. Loyle Carner, however, is more concerned about how his fast-filling-up schedule is going to impact the five-a-side football team he plays with on Tuesday nights a stone’s throw from his south London home. “None of the shows are on Tuesday at the minute.
25 years ago on this very day, The Stone Roses played an epic gig at Spike Island. You can read the full story of the day here – including reminiscences from the organisers and the likes of Paul Oakenfold, who DJ-ed, and Maxine Peake and Jon Ronson, who watched – but right now we're slapping on a bucket hat, cracking open a tinnie and delving into the annals of YouTube to see whether we can recreate the show on our laptop screen. Sadly, it's pretty tricky.
Each week, NME chooses the best books, clothes, boxsets, DVDs and more that you need to get your hands on. It could be pretty much anything. This week's new haul includes an online Yeezy calendar and a Wolf Alice fanzine. ONLINE: What Ye Is It Artists Nick Stokes and Eric Swanson have created a new online calendar, with a different Kanye for each day of the week.