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Jake Bugg’s has announced his third album ‘On My One’ will come out in June. Here’s 50 things you might not have known about the songwriter. Starting with the fact that he was inspired to start writing and recording music when he heard Don McLean’s ‘Vincent’ in an episode of The Simpsons. It plays during a meteor shower in the Eric Idle-starring ”Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky’.
He eventually got to meet Don McLean after a gig in Sheffield, but he didn’t know what to say to the man who’d helped start it all.
He names Don among his five biggest heroes, a list which also includes Alex Turner, Pelé, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles… okay, technically that makes eight.
Bugg’s favourite lyric from his debut album is: “Stuck in speedbump city”.
The crackle on his song ‘Fire’ was recorded on his iPhone.
Bugg has toured America with Noel Gallagher, but said that the former Oasis man has left his hard-living days behind: “Noel is looking after himself, making sure he has plenty of rest and stuff. We’ve had a couple of drinks, but not too many though as obviously we’re on the road and have to try and be healthy… I try my best but being 18 it can be quite difficult.”
While on tour, Bugg has been known to play the theme tune from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ – that’s the 1960s film version, not the Leonardo DiCaprio one.
He studied music technology at college, but then dropped out to focus on playing gigs. We guess his teachers will have forgiven him by now.
Bugg’s favourite book is Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Ligeia’.
He says his favourite words are ‘equanimity’ and ‘tintinnabulation’ – the latter refers to the ringing sound of a bell after it has been struck.
Those two might be his favourite words, but in reality he says he overuses the phrases ‘innit’, ‘peng’ and ‘you know’.
He went out and bought himself Prada shoes, which he says he wanted because they looked like Elvis Presley’s blue suede shoes.
He was in a band called ‘The Rubiks’ before going solo, and some of their music is still available on MySpace.
The album versions of ‘Taste It’, ‘Trouble Town’, ‘Lightning Bolt’ and ‘Broken’ are all demo versions. Bugg’s record label thought they sounded great as they were.
He nods to Elvis in the chorus of ‘Note to Self’, when he sings the line “Don’t be cruel”.
He says the worst job he ever had was a paper round at the age of 13.
He wrote the song ‘Some Place’ when he was just 15.
The first song he learned to play was Gary Jules’ ‘Mad World’.
One of his favourite lyrics is from Leonard Cohen’s ‘One of Us Cannot Be Wrong’: “And so I tortured the dress that you wore for the whole world to look through”.
His real name is Jacob Edwin Kennedy.
Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers plays drums on his second record, but at the time of meeting him he didn’t have a clue who he was.
He’s a fan of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ and thinks the violin playing on it is ‘quite spectacular’.
His debut album featured songs co-written with former Snow Patrol member and Example collaborator Iain Archer.
He says one of his favourite shows ever was his appearance at T in the Park in 2013, as the crowd were “up for it”.
However, he also picks out playing Glastonbury that year as a special moment, because he’d managed to move from the smallest stage to the largest in two years.
He has modelled for Burberry.
His favourite album sleeve is Dr Alimantado’s ‘Best Dressed Chicken in Town’. Look it up, it’s excellent.
Jake’s first ever guitar was a three quarter steel string acoustic.
He still lives in Nottingham, and says it’s a ‘cool place’.
His favourite place that he’s visited on tour so far is Japan.
Although the artwork for his debut album looks gritty, the photos were actually taken on an upmarket London street.
Bugg has said that his greatest fear is zombies. Too many ‘Dawn of the Dead’ marathons for you, Jake.
Bugg’s favourite childhood musical memory is from watching ‘Cinderella’. He says Disney films have “some good singing going on”.
He is the youngest solo male artist to debut an album at number one in the UK.
His parents separated when he was a child; his mother is in sales and his father’s a nurse.
His pre-gig rituals include singing a few Beatles and Johnny Cash songs.
While after gigs he likes to unwind by listening to Aaron Neville and Bill Withers on his tour bus.
His favourite possession is his 1954 Fender Telecaster.
Rick Rubin, known for working with Beastie Boys, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Jay Z, Adele, Lana Del Rey, Kanye West and a host of others produced Bugg’s second album in Malibu.
He released a limited edition seven-inch vinyl of ‘Kentucky’ for Record Store Day 2013.
Bugg played his first ever gig on a proper stage at his own secondary school.
The first gig he attended was Don Giovanni at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, 2003.
‘This Is England’ director Shane Meadows directed the video for ‘Slumville Sunrise’.
Bugg says it was a weird transition to move from finishing his album to filming the video with Meadows: “One minute I’m in Malibu, and it was beautiful, then – bang – I’m back in Nottingham wearing a shocking tracksuit.”
The video will be a ‘minature heist movie’ in which Bugg steals a ring from a jewellery shop.
A collaboration with Johnny Marr has been mooted ever since the pair met at Coachella festival.
He’s a big Black Sabbath fan, and thinks their latest album ’13’ is “great”.
He loves old-school Adidas tracksuits.
Jake Bugg is 5′ 6″ (1.68 m).
A habitual weed-smoker, Bugg once joked that the closest he has come to death has been: “White death: when you’ve had a bit too much to drink and a bit of a smoke and it hasn’t gone well.”