27 things you never knew about The Cribs

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

The Cribs have made a new track, 'We Were Aborted', available as a free download via NME.COM. To hear it, head to NME.COM/news. Photo: Andy Willsher

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

To mark the return of The Cribs - their fourth album 'Ignore The Ignorant' is due out in September - we've put together a list of facts about the band, one of which isn't true. If you can work out the false fact, email yourpics@nme.com with the answer, and you could win a bunch of free CDs. Photo: Danny North

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

The new album's title was inspired by the British National Party winning a seat in the recent European Parliament elections in Yorkshire. "There were a bunch of titles we could have gone with, then in Yorkshire the BNP got a seat and we were like, 'Fuck'," explained Ryan. "It's harsh to accept that it can happen in your town." Photo: Andy Willsher

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

'Ignore The Ignorant', the first Cribs album recorded with guitarist Johnny Marr as part of the band, will be released on September 7 and will be preceded by a single, 'Cheat On Me', on August 31. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

Despite the title's apparent downbeat connotations, Johnny Marr insists it strikes a note of defiance. "Ryan wrote it down on the board and I started bouncing around the building for joy," explained the guitarist. "It looked like the best title I'd seen in years." Photo: Danny North

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The Cribs have the painkiller Vicodin to thank for their swift progress in recording their forthcoming fourth album, 'Ignore The Ignorant'. In March 2009, with only one track completed, drummer Ross broke his left wrist in a skateboarding accident. Valiantly, he soldiered on by necking Vicodin every day to mask the agony. Photo: Tom Oxley

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

Everyone knows that The Cribs are brothers - but they also have a 27-year-old half-brother who isn't in the band. "But we don’t see him that often," explains Ross. "And he’s into techno. He doesn’t really fit in with our music." Photo: Danny North

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

If Ross hadn't found indie stardom, he would have pursued a life as a carpenter. At school, he excelled at woodwork. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Jarman brothers were encouraged to take up music by their mum - but the first instrument they played was violin. Ultimately Ross ended up a the drummer, against his will. "I'm the youngest, so I get the worst instrument," he once grumbled. Photo: Danny North

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The Jarman brothers didn't get on as kids. One Christmas, Ross and Ryan locked Gary in a cupboard under the stairs. "It was really dark and really small," recalls Gary. Photo: Tom Oxley

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

The Cribs' third album 'Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever' was the ninth best album of 2007, at least according to NME's end-of-year list. It was produced by Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

The video accompanying The Cribs' 'Men's Needs' single was banned from MTV2 for being "too shocking for a daytime audience". The original version features a naked woman who throws a knife at drummer Ross, severing his arm. Photo: PA Photos

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

'The New Fellas', the Cribs' second album, was recorded with Edwyn Collins, the singer/songwriter and guitarist from influential post-punkers Orange Juice, in London at his own studio. Photo: PA Photos

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

In June 2007, The Cribs played two consecutive sold out nights at the Leeds University Refectory. They were the first band to manage this since Ian Dury And The Blockheads, 30 years previously. Photo: PA Photos

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

The Cribs are one of the only bands in Leeds Festival history to progress through all the festival stages in consecutive years; Carling Stage (2004), Radio1/NME Stage (2005), Main Stage (2006). Photo: PA Photos

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

Ryan has made many TV appearances, including music panel show 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks', during which he took credit for inspiring Live8. Supposedly he texted Bob Geldof and suggesting a Live Aid 2. Hmmm. Photo: Andy Willsher

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

The Cribs have some forthright ideas about the corruption of 'indie' music. At Glastonbury 2007 Ryan told NME: “The mainstream attitude of indie bands today is a bigger problem than global warming.” Photo: Andy Willsher

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

The Cribs have been plagued by injuries and mishaps, the worst of which happened at the NME Awards 2006. Jumping across the Kaiser Chiefs’ table to collect an award on behalf of Franz Ferdinand, Ryan slipped and fell on broken glass. The result? - four hours in hospital and 15 stitches. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Another unfortunate incident: Gary was hospitalised with blood poisoning in 2007. It was believed he got the poisoning from cutting himself accidentally on his bass strings during a previous gig. Photo: Andy Willsher

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

The Cribs clearly have forgettable faces. During a gig in Sheffield in 2007, Ryan crowdsurfed off the stage - and was then barred from returning by bouncers, who didn't recognise him. It was only after the intervention of his guitar tech that he was allowed to finish the set. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Ryan Jarman was approached to play the Peter Venkman role in 'Ghostbusters 3', but he turned it down. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Ryan is confident that The Cribs' new album 'Ignore The Ignorant' will expose the band to a new audience. "Guitar music in Britain - people are fed up with it," he told NME. "I'm glad we've made a record that doesn't fit in with the mould. It sounds like progression." Photo: Andy Willsher

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

Johnny Marr is so confident about 'Ignore The Ignorant' he went so far as to claim it would stand up to his work with The Smiths. "It's a good as anything I've ever done," he said. "I don't need to be in a band - I'm only interested in being in a band that want to be great." Photo: PA Photos

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

As children, the Jarman brothers kept pet lobsters in the bath. Photo: Tom Oxley

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

Johnny Marr had aspirations to be a professional football player, and was approached by Nottingham Forest FC and had trials with Manchester City FC (whom he supports).

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

To write their new band biography, The Cribs have recruited not a journalist but rather the anti-folk singer and comic book artist Jeffrey Lewis, who has told the band's story in visual form (see picture).

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27 things you never knew about The Cribs

For more on The Cribs' new album 'Ignore The Ignorant', pick up the new issue of NME, on sale across the UK from Wednesday July 8.

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