Who wouldn’t have thought electro-ravers The Prodigy would ever recapture their ’90s glory and return to the big time? Amongst the cynics are the band themselves as they describe the demons they fought to get back on top. They tell NME: "It was a tough time for a while. There’s so many intense emotions there."
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U2 explain what rock ‘n’ roll has taught them in NME this week. The rock titans explain how stardom has opened many doors and why they put Morrissey on a pedestal along with Bob Dylan. The Edge also says of his native country: "In Ireland they don’t hate us, but there’s a healthy disrespect."
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Radar’s travels this week include a trip to Paris to meet Colorado duo 30H!3 – aka Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte. The pair have been supporting Katy Perry on her current European tour. NME’s Jamie Hodgson describes the dorky duo as "the poster boys for the ‘scene kid’ generation". Pick up the latest issue to read about their exciting excursion up the Eiffel Tower.
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It was supposed to be a party to launch a new record label, but Jack White chose the event to unveil his latest band in Nashville last week (March 11). Oh, and h’s not playing guitar on it. The Death Weather performed an impromptu five-song set at the new offices of White’s label Third Man Records before 150 surprised guests, who witnessed White playing drums with The Kills’ Alison Mosshart on vocals.
Friendly Fires (featured left) did indeed steal the show at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 with their Brazilian-style carnival performance. In this week’s issue, vocalist Ed MacFarlane confirms the St Albans trio are certainly growing in confidence. He states: "Our music is streets ahead of other bands in NME."
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THE KLF FILMING THEIR VIDEO ‘ANCIENTS OF MU’ ON THE ISLAND OF ‘ISLAY’ IN SCOTLAND
With dancefloor kings The Prodigy back, it seems a good time to put together a list of the best floor fillers ever created. In this week’s latest issue of NME, we reminisce our way through the most anthemic dance tunes ever. And yes, The Shamen, Daft Punk and The KLF (pictured) have (of course) made it.
Marmaduke Duke @ The Art School in Glasgow
In this week’s Live section, we review Biffy Clyro’s side-project Marmaduke Duke in Glasgow. Under the guise of The Atmosphere, Simon Neil wore a black gimp mask and red feathers, diving into the crowd on multiple occasions. He was joined by JP Reid of Suciperro, aka The Dragon and the mysterious white suited ‘Duke’ himself. You can read the bizarre report in NME, out now.
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Lightspeed Champion has told NME his musical career was nearly destroyed after he was forced to undergo throat surgery. Dev Hynes explained how it was touch and go whether he would ever be able to sing again after he went under the knife late last year. You can read the shocking report in full, only in the latest issue of NME, dated March 18.
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Did you know that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have put together a bizarre black-and-white short film entitled ‘The Philosopher’? The piece can be viewed on the band’s website (www.yeahyeahyeahs.com). You can also find NME’s definitive verdict on their new album ‘It’s Blitz!’, in the latest issue, out now.
Pic: Pamela Littky