Razorlight have picked up a few critical knocks lately, but when they first appeared, armed with the likes of ‘Vice’ and ‘Golden Touch’ from their debut album ‘Up All Night’, they were lauded as rock’s new hopes.
They swiftly followed that up with their biggest hit yet, ‘America’, and global domination seemed set.
In 2008 the band performed ‘Golden Touch’ live on the rooftop of a pub, which saw massive crowds lined up for a glimpse of the heroes.
Johnny proudly wearing a t-shirt that read “I hate the new rock revolution” in reference to an NME-coined phrase of the previous year. He wore this in the video for ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Lies’.
Premiership stars looked on nonplussed (and un-phased) as the cream of the mid-noughties rock world (well, Pete and Johnny) knocked a ball about for a charity football match.
Johnny Borrell topless, baring his chest and bright white trousers to all and sundry, during their Live 8 appearance, an ever-so-slightly-overblown piece of rock ‘n’ roll magic you can watch here.
Another fashion shot for the always photogenic Razorlight frontman. He also appeared on the cover of Vogue in 2007 – only the seventh man to do so.
After their third album under-performed and Razorlight gradually fell out of favour, Johnny Borrell appeared on the cover of NME under the cover line “Johnny Borrell hits back”.
Another gratuitous shot of the Borrell half naked.
Before long the long-haired lothario was dating Kirsten Dunst and hanging out with Lagerfeld at all the glitziest bashes.
The pair were papped at Stubb’s venue in Austin, Texas, during the SXSW festival.
The same week, and in one of his most memorable moves, Johnny Borrell rocked up the festival on a massive Harley Davidson. We take him to task on that in this week’s mag.
We couldn’t resist the opportunity to snap a few more pics of the leather jacket-wearing, Harley-riding rocker while we were there.
Another celeb friend Emma Watson poses for a shot with Johnny, looking just a bit startled.
In another possibly ill-advised move, Johnny grew a few weedy bristles on his lip in 2009.
Razorlight Mk II’s unexpectedly, er, rustic press shots sparked a brief Twitter storm in the LOL-iverse earlier this year. Johnny talks about the reaction the comedic four received in this week’s mag.
Razorlight’s new look: part Hugh Hefner, part Mumford And Sons, part death metal band.
Arguably Razorlight’s least successful moment came in the ‘Wire To Wire’ video (for the album, ‘Slipway Fires’, which NME called “a load of old cobblers”). In it, Johnny puts on a blouse and pearls and holds a match to his confused face. Let’s hope the new stuff finds the back on top form…