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.
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.
Sydney-based Britpop revivalists DMA's, who we've been keeping tabs on since early last year, were one of the most talked about bands at this year's Great Escape in Brighton. If you weren't able to catch their jangly set at the Vevo Stage in person, fear not!
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.