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50 Geeky Facts You Might Not Know About Kasabian

  • 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."

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • Tom declined the role of Count Hans Axel Von Fersen in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • The boys once played a 5-a-side football match with members of Oasis at 4am in Earls Court.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • In a 2011 interview with Jools Holland, Serge compared the band to American actress Liza Minelli saying that they both “never stop working”.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • If he had the chance to have another artist's wardrobe, Tom would steal Elvis' clothes.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • Serge uses a 1953 Hofner guitar to do all his song writing and says it’s like an “old pirate ship”.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • 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".

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  • 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.

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  • Bassist Chris Edwards shares the same birthday as Jonah Hill and Ashley Cole.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • Serge once climbed out of the sunroof of Kasabian's tour bus while it was driving along a motorway in Germany.

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  • Serge and Ben once made a short silent film spoofing the Oscar-winning film The Artist.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • 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'.

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  • 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.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • The band hasn’t always been called Kasabian. In fact, the original name chosen for the band was Saracuse.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • 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”.

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  • Serge scored a lobbed goal over former England Football Club goalkeeper David Seaman while participating in Soccer Aid 2012.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2011

  • Tom Meighan has a life-size replica of E.T. in his home.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • 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."

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • Britpop music united the band. They used to sit around and learn chords of song by Oasis and The Beatles.

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  • The band recorded ‘Empire’ in Wales. Here they could “get away from the city”,” drink tea” and “lay down songs”.

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  • Tom dedicated Kasabian's 2012 Best British Band NME award to Davy Jones of The Monkees who had died the previous day.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • The band is named after Linda Kasabian, Charles Manson’s ex-getaway driver.

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    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Kasabian recorded an alternative mix of ‘Days Are Forgotten’ with LL Cool J, who was a fan of the track.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • Serge once attributed the band’s success to the “cornflakes they have in the morning”.

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  • The UK's first ever barcode e-tickets were used at a Kasabian gig at Leeds University students' union in 2006.

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  • 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."

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  • A giant cushion fight took place at a 2012 Kasabian show in Lyon's Theatre Romain.

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  • Serge once described ‘Velociraptor’ as a jukebox record because every track is beautiful, just like that played on a jukebox.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • Tom once described One Direction as "five little dicks".

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    Added: 30 Sep 2011

  • Serge scored British movie London Boulevard in 2010. The guitarist and songwriter wrote the incidental music along with a series of stand-alone songs.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2011

  • 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.”

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • 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”.

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    Added: 08 Jun 2011

  • 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”.

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  • Tom’s dream supergroup would consist of Zak Starkey, Chris Edwards, Noel Gallagher, John Squire and Elton John.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • 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.

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    Added: 26 Aug 2012

  • 'Days Are Forgotten' was used as the theme to a 2011 WWE event.

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    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • Serge assisted in writing the music for Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy.

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    Added: 15 Dec 2011

  • Kasabian featured in a 2010 Carlsberg television advert known as the England Team Talk.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2011

  • Tom is a massive Leicester City Football Club fan.

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    Added: 29 Feb 2012

  • 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”.

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    Added: 30 Sep 2011

  • Kasabian’s 'L.S.F.' is used in FIFA 2004’s soundtrack.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2011

  • 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.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2011

  • Serge licked Jackie Mason’s face at the NME awards in 2012.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2011

  • Kasabian were the first ever band to play at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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    Added: 16 Aug 2011

  • Tom is in the pilot of the TV series Walk Like A Panther.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2011

  • Three of Kasabian’s albums have reached number one in the UK.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2011

  • Kasabian played their first ever Reading and Leeds festival set in 2003.

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    Added: 10 Jun 2011

  • Tom and Serge did an awkward interview on Sky Sports 24 during which the interviewer spoke nothing but Italian.

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    Added: 14 Sep 2011

  • 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.

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    Added: 06 Jan 2012

  • 'Velociraptor' sold more than 90,400 copies in the first week.

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    Added: 08 Jun 2011