Farewell then, The Streets: ‘Computers And Blues’ is to be the final album under that name. There’s a tribute to The Streets in the new issue. Meanwhile, here are a few of motormouth Mike Skinner’s most memorable quotes.
On climate catastrophe: “I do have a sense that the world will end. I’m not sure whether that makes me clinically depressed but I am aware how delicate our little bubble is.” (The Sun, 2008).
On his Brummie roots: “A lifetime of being told your accent sounds stupid doesn’t encourage you to stay faithful to that accent.” (The Independent, 2002)
On hedonism: “When you’re an artist you make an album and then you do what you like. Most rock stars don’t mean to die, there’s just nothing to stop you carrying on taking loads of drugs.” (Rap Dirt).
On violence: “I spent my whole teenage years being scared, and with good reason. Kids were carrying knives and I was getting robbed by them, loads. I don’t think I’d want to grow up in Peckham today.” (Daily Mail, 2008).
On cocaine: “At one point I was in my South London flat thinking I’d commit suicide. I wasn’t able to feel how good things were because I was so physically destroyed by cocaine. If you haven’t done it, don’t.” (In The Mix, 2006).
On near death experiences: “We used to have one of those gat guns that shot pellets. My friend pretty much had the thing at point-blank range to my temple. It popped out and completed its trajectory about a millimetre from my head.” (The Guardian, 2009).
On sex and ecstasy: “I haven’t had a massive amount of sex on E. But, yeah, I think it’s probably all right until you come down and you don’t know the person you’re in bed with. I think the advice is: Sex on pills: do it, but then go home and be on your own when you come down.” (Nerve, 2003).
On getting papped: “If celebrities didn’t want that to happen they wouldn’t have gone to the bars where all the photographers hang out… I fall out of this bar fucking every week and no one knows about it.”
On Pete Doherty: “He makes my drug escapades look like school boy stuff.” (NME, 2006).
On chavs: “I’m not common. I’m a thinker and I’m well-read. But I just happen to like casual culture, because it’s a massively important genre.” (The Guardian, 2005).
On his gambling habit: “I was getting too drunk and betting too much money. I was even getting into spread betting. It’s scary, I’ve lost a lot.” (Showbiz, 2004).
On groupies: “It probably is pretty easy to shag a different girl every night [on tour], but I don’t think I’d actually want more than three girls a week.”
On evolution: “For 10,000 years of civilisation we’ve been trying to get away from the fact that we’re fucking monkeys.” (The Guardian, 2008).
On his lyrical voice: “All I was really doing was taking the rap records and changing the bitches, the ho’s and the cars, into the Kronenburg, Bensons and girls.”
On his love of women: “I’ve got a feminine side … I can talk to women about the things they like. My mum will always come and show me what she’s going to wear before she goes out.” (The Sunday Times, 2006).
On drugs: “Charlie makes you a prat, weed makes you para, speed is only good for lorry drivers and models, and smack makes you hang around tube stations. And crack makes you think it’s acceptable to rob people.”
On touring: “It’s just like going on a school trip, really. You’d be surprised. In Australia I went dolphin-spotting. I went on a wine-tasting. I ate crocodile and I ate kangaroo.” (The Guardian, 2005).
On getting older: “Sometimes I think I should have put on a helmet like Daft Punk – those guys can go on forever.” (Radio 1, 2011).
On the death of The Streets: “As uninteresting as The Streets is to talk about, the most interesting element of anything is its death, so if you’re going to talk about The Streets, ending The Streets is probably a good thing to talk about.” (The Guardian, 2011).
Read our The Streets retrospective feature in the new NME, on sale from Wednesday 26 January.