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Kasabian - behind the scenes on their NME cover shoot

  • Serge and Tom from Kasabian shot exclusively for the cover of NME in London on May 14. Picture Director Marian Paterson’s concept for the shoot was Alice In Wonderland-meets-'Beggars Banquet', with Tom recast as The Mad Hatter and Serge the White Rabbit. This week’s issue has the full feature – keep clicking for behind-the-scenes shots from the shoot. Pic: Andy Whitton

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  • Stylist Lily tries out fits with Serge. It’s the same fake fur that Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy rap alter ego Ali G once wore. Pic: Marian Paterson

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  • NME photographer Andy Whitton shoots Serge against a white wall for the cover of NME. Head over to www.nme.com/video to see an exclusive behind-the-scenes video from the shoot. Pic: Marian Paterson

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  • In 'Alice In Wonderland', the White Rabbit is always late, so we styled Serge with pocket watches. He added his own menacing twist to the character. Pic: Andy Whitton

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  • Make-up artist Natalya applies the finishing touches to bassist Chris Edwards. Kasabian have just been announced as the final act on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage before Bruce Springsteen on Saturday June 27. Pic: Marian Paterson

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  • Drummer Ian Matthews tries on his Georgian gent outfit. Angels Fancy Dress supplied several of the costumes for the shoot. Check out www.fancydress.com if you want to hire the same kit Kasabian wore. Pic: Marian Paterson

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  • David Cartner, owner of the shoot location, which was beautiful, eccentric 40 Winks boutique hotel in east London. Hit up www.40winks.org for more info. After the shoot, David went to audition to become the new face of Pimms. Pic: Marian Paterson

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  • Tom poses as the Mad Hatter, and as well all know from reading Lewis Carroll’s classic ‘Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland’, the Mad Hatter loves tea. Grab this week’s mag to get the pictures in full colour, and an interview with the band on their pyschedelic new album. Pic: Andy Whitton

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  • The Mad Hatter’s teapot is filled with dry ice that NME photographer Andy Whitton got “off the back of a lorry”. Pic: Marian Paterson

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  • Tom as the Mad Hatter pours us a cup of trippy tea. Johnny Depp will star in the role in a version of 'Alice' set to hit the big screen next year, directed by Tim Burton. Pic: Andy Whitton

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  • Two live rabbits were brought in on set for the shoot. Their names were Popsie and Flopsie. Pic: Marian Paterson

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  • Serge says hi to Popsie and his handler. The rabbit displayed true rock star tendencies by turning up to the shoot late. Pic: Andy Whitton

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  • Serge held Popsie for some time while we got the snaps for the magazine. He was told that the tighter you cuddle a rabbit, the less they wriggle. Pic: Andy Whitton

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  • Tom displaying the tattoo he sports in place of a wedding ring. Kasabian’s album 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum', which is named after an old mental asylum in Wakefield, is out on June 8. Pic: Andy Whitton

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  • L-R NME journalist Gavin Haynes and photographer Tim Cochrane help Carrie the prop stylist set up the Mad Hatter’s tea party scene. Pic: Marian Paterson

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  • We used a combination of real and fake cakes for the Kasabian photo shoot. Can you tell the difference? Pic: Andy Whitton

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  • With the costumes and make-up finished, the fake and real cakes in place, and the bunny Popsie behaving itself, the band were ready for the final Mad Hatter’s Tea Party shots. Find out what inspired their psychedelic new album in this week’s NME. Pic: Andy Whitton

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  • Kasabian were shot exclusively for NME on May 14 at 40 Winks boutique hotel in east London. Tom waves goodbye at the end of a long day. Pic: Marian Paterson

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  • Get this week’s mag for the full Kasabian feature plus loads more including a photo special on The Libertines reunion, an interview with Gorillaz’ Murdoc and the verdict on the new Little Boots album.

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