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30 TV Box Sets To Get Addicted To - Recommended By Your Favourite Bands

From The Simpsons to Seinfeld, here's some essential televisual viewing, as recommended by the world of indie.

  • Justin Young (The Vaccines): Seinfeld: “Over the course of the last year, I’ve watched every single episode. It actually didn’t take me that long, which is worrying, ‘cos it’s a lot of TV.”

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    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint): Mad Men: “When I’m travelling, I try to time my off-nights so that I can catch up with it. When is it back? I need to know!”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 26 Mar 2012

  • Joe Mount (Metronomy): Dad’s Army: “I was watching it at Christmas. I reckon you could get into it on tour, in the same way you would The Wire. I could get obsessed with it.”

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    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • John Cooper Clarke (Punk Poet): The Simpsons: “It’s the funniest show on the TV. I don’t see how it can ever run out of steam as along as it continues to adapt the way it does to society. I think it’s stupendously fabulous TV.”

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    Added: 18 Apr 2012

  • Laurie Vincent (Slaves): Brothers and Sisters: “I’ve just watched the whole five seasons with my girlfriend in about a month. It’s about this dysfunctional family called The Walkers – it’s some real American cheese.”

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    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon): I’m Alan Partridge: “Who doesn’t love a bit of Partridge? I’ve seen the film [Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa] twice. I thought it was awesome; I was worried about it, but in the end I thought he pulled it off really well.”

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    Added: 18 May 2012

  • Drew McConnell (Babyshambles/ Helsinki): The Wire: “All the people – the police force, the drug dealers, the journalists – no-one achieves what they set out to. It’s about how everything in life is a compromise.

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    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Molly Rankin (Alvvays): Nashville: “We’ve just finished the first season of Nashville. It served as a spectacular escape from reality over a long touring stretch. I would follow [lead actress] Connie Britton into a burning house. There are occasional good songs in it, too!”

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    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Theo Hutchcraft (Hurts): Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: “He was a physics lecturer and he made a series in 1980 called Cosmos – Vangelis did the soundtrack. He speaks in an amazing, artistic way, though he’s talking about science.”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Angel Haze: The Vampire Diaries: “It’s everything to me, that show! So sexy and vampy. There’s a new spin-off series called The Originals, so at the minute I’m re-watching the whole thing like a crazy obsessive.”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Dave Bayley (Glass Animals): Breaking Bad: “One of our songs was originally going to be called ‘Crystal Meth,’ but I changed it once I saw the Louis Theroux documentary [The City Addicted To Crystal Meth] and saw just how awful it is.”

    Photo: AMC

    Added: 25 Sep 2013

  • Kyle Falconer (The View): Still Game: “There’s two younger guys that play older men, set in Glasgow. It’s weird for English people to understand – even for Dundonians to understand it, it’s pretty tough. I showed it to my girlfriend’s dad and he loved it, but he was laughing at the wrong bits.”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Kate Tempest: Game of Thrones: “I’ve only seen season two. I was watching them with our drummer, but he couldn’t be bothered to wait for me and now he’s watched them all.”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 16 Mar 2015

  • Ghetts: Sons of Anarchy: “I’m hooked on it. It’s exciting – the whole motorcycle thing. I heard about it ‘cos Giggs wouldn’t stop going on about it. He kept telling me about it every day: “Sons of anarchy, fam, sons of anarchy.””

    Photo: FX

    Added: 18 Jul 2014

  • Zola Jesus: The Twilight Zone: “It makes me feel comfortable and makes me think of home because I watched it when I was growing up. It feels like a warm blanket.”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Fred Macpherson: Brookside: “I have a DVD of the most memorable moments. There are the classics on there: the lesbian kiss, the incest, the body under the patio…”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Rebecca Taylor (Slow Club): The Trip: “We did The Trip on the last tour, which was great. Steve Coogan is brilliant and I think he might be the one.”

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    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Mario Cuomo (The Orwells): Eastbound & Down: “I love how the main character that Danny McBride plays is super egotistical. It’s played out because it’s a comedy but I love overconfidence.”

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    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Jimi Goodwin (Solo artist/Doves singer): True Detective: “It’s got the standard traits of cop dramas in the relationship between Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, but it’s dark with great twists.”

    Photo: HBO

    Added: 05 Aug 2014

  • Frank Carter (The Rattlesnakes/ ex-Gallows): David Attenborough: The Life Collection: “We’re all old men now – we watch a lot of nature documentaries, a lot of David Attenborough. When you’re on the road, it’s nice to learn what you can.”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • William Doyle (East India Youth): The Jonathan Meades Collection: “I haven’t seen the recent cultural TV phenomena so I go for a different approach. There’s nothing like watching Meades crawl along Clifton Suspension Bridge.”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers): The Shock of the New: “Probably the greatest ever art-history series which is not out anywhere [it’s on YouTube].”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Tom Hudson (Pulled Apart By Horses): Twin Peaks: “Something of the pacing of it suits being on tour – constantly being a bit tired and in a sort of dream world.”

    Photo: Showtime

    Added: 07 Oct 2014

  • Van McCann (Catfish & The Bottlemen): Phoenix Nights: “We love Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights. Our sound guy Mike is so southern that we have to watch it with subtitles on, because he has no idea what they are saying.”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Cate Le Bon: Fargo: “I love the [Coen Brothers’ 1996] film the series is based on, but the series is very good too.”

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    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Tom Sanders (Teleman): Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends: “It’s disturbing, hilarious and educational. He’s got a unique style and you get this glimpse into the odd sections of society you never get to see.”

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    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Austin Williams (Swim Deep): Gilmore Girls: “It’s about a girl called Rory, who grows up in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, and how she learns to cope with growing up through puberty.”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Stina Tweeddale (Honeyblood): House Of Cards: “I’m completely obsessed with it. I prefer the British version to the US version because it makes much more sense. I could not get over it.”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 02 Jul 2015

  • Ross Jarman (The Cribs): The Walking Dead: “It’s good to get engrossed in something on tour. Ryan’s obsessed with zombies too – he’s said he wants to be one.”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 28 Jan 2015

  • Martin Noble (British Sea Power): It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: “It’s a comedy series, and once you get used to the shouting an bickering it’s very funny, with Danny DeVito as a patriarchal reprobate.”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 02 Jul 2015