If rock’n’roll could be turned into flesh and made to walk the earth, it would look and sound a lot like Keith Richards. It’s not the skull ring, the elegantly wasted appearance or the chemically-enchanced bloodstream that does it – although that all helps – but the fact that he has an unerring knack of hoovering up pretty much all of the greatest guitar riffs ever written. In last year's Christmas issue of NME, the man himself told us exclusively about The Rolling Stones’ triumphant 50th anniversary shows, his plans for the New Year and reveals which of his many, many riffs is his favourite. On the day he turns 70, cheating death improbably for another year, here’s a dozen of my own personal selections. Believe me, it’s only the beginning:
We don't really believe in guilty pleasures - you can like whatever you like - but even so there's still the odd song that comes along each year that you love that you wouldn't exactly post on your Facebook page and announce as your all time favourite. The song that sits uneasily in your immaculate collection, but keeps drawing you back for a love affair that the Germans would call VERBOTEN.
Ever looked at picture of [a]Kanye West[/a] and thought "You know what this is missing? A pug". Well, dreams, no matter how unnecessary, can come true. An company from Barcelona known as 'Meet The Pugs' has put together a calendar of pictures of Kanye West hanging out with the tiny pups. More than 1000 fans pledged a total of $22,706 (almost £14,000) for the calendar on Kickstarter.
In February 2013 Cole Williams won the NME Radar Award for his The Child Of Lov musical project. NME writer Barry Nicolson was one of the few journalists to sit down with Williams and talk about his career. He passed away on December 10 2013. Here, we reprint the feature that ran in NME magazine in March 2013. You can’t miss Cole Williams.
Back in February, when all anybody knew of Cole Williams was the pseudonym he went by, the city he lived in and the handful of songs he’d released, I sat down with him in a cafe in East London. It was the day after he’d won the Phillip Hall Radar award at the NME Awards, and his acceptance speech that night - “Thank you very much” - had me anticipating an interviewee who would be evasive at best, outright uncommunicative at worst.