THE STREETS’ RUM NEW TUNE

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A night out on the rum results in Mike Skinner writing 'Don't Mug Yourself' - and it'll be added to their debut LP...

Streets‘ MIKE SKINNER has told NME.COM of the rum-drinking session in a cinema which inspired a brand new song and potential hit single.

Streets‘ debut album ‘Pirate Radio Material’ was finished early this year, ready for release on March 18.

But Mike told NME.COM that new song ‘Don’t Mug Yourself’, originally recorded as a B-side, will now be added to the album because it’s so “lairy”. And it could end up as a single.

“It’s the lairiest one on the album,” he said. “It’s got a lot more ‘Fuck you!’ attitude in it. I daresay people will think its more poppy, but I don’t want to turn into kiddy fodder.”

‘Don’t Mug Yourself’ is a lyrical departure for Streets, because it’s about girl trouble – and the record label are believed to have earmarked it for single release.

“It’s about bugging yourself with a girl,” Mike told NME.COM. “Just really liking a girl and acting like a complete twat.

Mike also revealed how ‘Don’t Mug Yourself’ came about. “I left it really late – the night before I was supposed to be cutting it, I still hadn’t recorded it,” he said. “I had to get away from it because my head was really clouded. So I went out to watch a film and (friend) Calvin came along with a bottle of rum. We drank the bottle in the cinema, then went to a bar and ended up getting really, really smashed. We got back to my house and Calvin heard the instrumental and he was like ‘I want to be on this tune’. He’s not a singer, he’s just my mate.”

Skinner added: “The film was [2001 Indian family reunion drama] ‘Monsoon Wedding’ – it just kept going on and on. But at least that enabled us to drink a whole bottle of rum.”