Happy 34th birthday to Serge Pizzorno! Here’s 50 geeky Kasabian facts to celebrate, starting with the ethos behind Serge’s ’48:13′ stagewear: “I could go to Commes des Garcons and get all the best threads but fuck it, I want a plain white tee with a different word on it every night… Being onstage playing a huge tune, having ‘flannel’ written on your shirt, it’s ridiculous but kinda beautiful.”
Tom declined the role of Count Hans Axel Von Fersen in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette.
The boys once played a 5-a-side football match with members of Oasis at 4am in Earls Court.
In a 2011 interview with Jools Holland, Serge compared the band to American actress Liza Minelli saying that they both “never stop working”.
If he had the chance to have another artist’s wardrobe, Tom would steal Elvis’ clothes.
Serge uses a 1953 Hofner guitar to do all his song writing and says it’s like an “old pirate ship”.
Sergio let slip The Rolling Stones would headline Glastonbury Festival in 2013 before public announcements were released by saying: “I hope ours is the most talked about performance of the weekend, but that would be a miracle because The Rolling Stones are playing Glastonbury”.
Bet you didn’t know Tom and Serge were quite so anti-materialist. “As much as it’s funny to read about golden Rolls-Royces and palm trees made of pound notes, [we’re] not really into all that. If we had it, it would haver fucked us up,” Serge told NME in November 2014, explaining why low record sales wouldn’t bother them.
Bassist Chris Edwards shares the same birthday as Jonah Hill and Ashley Cole.
Serge once climbed out of the sunroof of Kasabian’s tour bus while it was driving along a motorway in Germany.
Serge and Ben once made a short silent film spoofing the Oscar-winning film The Artist.
The track ‘Vlad the Impaler’ pays tribute to the late Dark Knight actor Heath Ledger with the lyric ‘Joker, see you on the other side’.
Tom once dedicated a performance to “the leader of the Transformers, Optimus Prime” during a show in an industrial park after spotting cranes in the distance.
The band hasn’t always been called Kasabian. In fact, the original name chosen for the band was Saracuse.
In an interview with the Guardian in 2009, Tom revealed that he’d “love to be a hobbit” and that he would be a “really bad hobbit” who’d “kill Gandalf, wipe out all the hobbits, marry the princess and claim the throne”.
Serge scored a lobbed goal over former England Football Club goalkeeper David Seaman while participating in Soccer Aid 2012.
Tom Meighan has a life-size replica of E.T. in his home.
Serge’s son only relaxes when he hears a Kasabian song. Serge says: “It’s what calms him down. He’s three in August – he’ll be producing music by the age of five. But I have to censor some of the lyrics for him.”
Britpop music united the band. They used to sit around and learn chords of song by Oasis and The Beatles.
The band recorded ‘Empire’ in Wales. Here they could “get away from the city”,” drink tea” and “lay down songs”.
Tom dedicated Kasabian’s 2012 Best British Band NME award to Davy Jones of The Monkees who had died the previous day.
The band is named after Linda Kasabian, Charles Manson’s ex-getaway driver.
Kasabian recorded an alternative mix of ‘Days Are Forgotten’ with LL Cool J, who was a fan of the track.
Serge once attributed the band’s success to the “cornflakes they have in the morning”.
The UK’s first ever barcode e-tickets were used at a Kasabian gig at Leeds University students’ union in 2006.
Tom’s scared of the clown from Stephen King movie It. “I used to be petrified of that fucking clown when I was a kid,” he says. “The one with the balloon. It was fucking horrible.”
A giant cushion fight took place at a 2012 Kasabian show in Lyon’s Theatre Romain.
Serge once described ‘Velociraptor’ as a jukebox record because every track is beautiful, just like that played on a jukebox.
Tom once described One Direction as “five little dicks”.
Serge scored British movie London Boulevard in 2010. The guitarist and songwriter wrote the incidental music along with a series of stand-alone songs.
Tom’s said the band’s new album sounds like The Prodigy. He says: “It’s like The Prodigy’s dirty remix thing. It’s cool and it’s got really heavy drums – it sounds electrocuted.”
While discussing their gig in Leicester with ITV, the boys said “it would be nice to walk to a gig” as they lived “up the road”.
Tom lost his cool when the band weren’t asked to headline Glastonbury 2013. He said Kasabian were “the ultimate, we’re the headline band” and called Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis a “bastard”.
Tom’s dream supergroup would consist of Zak Starkey, Chris Edwards, Noel Gallagher, John Squire and Elton John.
In a 2012 interview with NME, Tom Meighan said that “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” by David Bowie and Bing Crosby is his favourite Christmas song.
‘Days Are Forgotten’ was used as the theme to a 2011 WWE event.
Serge assisted in writing the music for Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy.
Kasabian featured in a 2010 Carlsberg television advert known as the England Team Talk.
Tom is a massive Leicester City Football Club fan.
Serge says the lyrics to ‘Days Are Forgotten’ were “inspired by hip-hop MCs like Doom”, stating he loves “that whole this-is-us-and-if-you-don’t-like-it-fuck-off attitude”.
Kasabian’s ‘L.S.F.’ is used in FIFA 2004’s soundtrack.
Serge was Genoa FC’s guest of honour when they faced Sampdoria in April last year. He was also presented with the club’s No. 10 shirt.
Serge licked Jackie Mason’s face at the NME awards in 2012.
Kasabian were the first ever band to play at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Tom is in the pilot of the TV series Walk Like A Panther.
Three of Kasabian’s albums have reached number one in the UK.
Kasabian played their first ever Reading and Leeds festival set in 2003.
Tom and Serge did an awkward interview on Sky Sports 24 during which the interviewer spoke nothing but Italian.
Before the band got together, their music taste couldn’t have been any different. Tom mainly listened to drum’n’bass while Serge and Chris mainly listened to Britpop.
‘Velociraptor’ sold more than 90,400 copies in the first week.