And this week's NME cover stars get a hard time from Damon Gough...

BADLY DRAWN BOY, (aka DAMON GOUGH) played an impromptu show in LONDON's HEAVENLY SOCIAL last night (June 4) at a gig watched by NEW YORK's rising sons THE STROKES.

The singer-songwriter, who the previous night had played at the Amnesty International 40th anniversary celebrations at Wembley Arena, took to the stage at around 11pm and seemed reluctant to leave an hour later as the venue was closing.

Playing a number of early tracks as well as recent hit 'Pissing In The Wind', Gough also at one point launched a veiled attack at the speed of The Strokes rise.

"It took me three-and-a-half years to get a publishing deal," he sneered. "This one is for The Strokes."

Cover stars of this week's NME, The Strokes kick off their highly anticipated tour of the UK and Ireland in Bristol on June 13. See this week's issue, on sale today (June 5) in London and the rest of the UK tomorrow for a full feature on the band.

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