This weeks NME ( March 14 2009)

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Punk pioneers The Damned share their rock 'n' roll wisdom in NME this week. The self-diagnosed insomniacs reveal why their alter egos are so important. "The only reason we came up with a stage name when we started was because we were terrified of being kicked off the dole. It was a way to ensure that no-one at the dole office could wave a copy of NME in our faces and say, 'We know you're in a band, so no money for you'".

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In this week's Live section we visit the Northamptonshire town of Corby to witness one of The Enemy's secret shows of tiny venues - we also find Tom Clarke busy romanticising about a lost Britain. "People forget that all this exists, people forget that north of Watford there's a country," he says. "They're forgetting that there's a whole country called England out there, and it's an amazing place." Photo: Tom Oxley

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Psychedelic Welshmen Super Fury Animals return to Albums this week with their brand new release. NME's Alan Woodhouse is already sold - "Dark Days/Light Years' reaffirms what a fantastic band they are and is arguably their best offering since 2001's Mercury-nominated 'Rings Around The World'. You can read the full report in the latest issue, on newsstands now.

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Lo from HeartsRevolution sums up the electro outfit's game plan this week: "I want a global awareness to come out through our songs. I want to take a percentage of the money we earn and contribute to good causes. Stuff needs to be done now for the future and even though we're not U2, we can still do our part." Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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Do you know Pete Doherty's solo album 'Grace/Wastelands' is named after a photo of Elvis which he couldn't afford to use as the cover art? The sleeve is instead painted by Alizé Meurisse with blood-spray by Pete himself. Pick up the latest issue of NME, on sale from March 11 to find out if the release warrants the hype machine surrounding it. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Veteran disco diva Grace Jones is pictured here with Matt Bellamy from Muse after she presented the trio with the award for Best Live Band at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 last month (February 25).

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In this week's NME, on sale across the UK from March 11, Yeah Yeah Yeahs return with a killer new album, new threads and new outlook. Elsewhere in the issue we spend the day with comeback king Michael Jackson.

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Andy Burrows has quit Razorlight just as they were about to set off on a tour of the US and ahead of a busy summer of festival appearances. The drummer tells us: "The past five years have been great. But for personal reasons I have decided to leave the band." Photo: Andy Willsher

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Passion Pit are the focus of this week's Radar section. Frontman Michael Angelakos tells NME: "When we play live, we want joy and euphoria, not just girls dancing." Find out how the Boston band plan to create such elation at their live shows by picking up the latest issue, out now.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs leading lady Karen O gets sentimental with NME (in between admiring her ultimate dream jacket pictured). "The three of us are magic. None of us can do alone what we do together."

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Meet Mike Bones. The New York-based songwriter is definitely not short of lyrical inspiration and wastes no time in producing countless tunes about love and heartbreak. He already has two more albums complete in addition to his debut LP 'Fool For Everyone', which you can listen to at NME.COM/artists/mike-bones now.

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This week Radar travels to Tasmania. It may seem like an unlikely destination but indie is fast catching up there. Bassist Julian Teakle from post-punk duo The Native Cats explains: "Living in a small town, you generally band together with people who don't fit in anywhere else."

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Klaxons have admitted they were told to re-record their second album after their label rejected their first efforts. The nu-rave kings have been working on the follow-up to 'Myths Of The Near Future' with producer James Ford since last year, but rumours that all was not well with the sessions began reaching NME's ears recently. Read the full report in the latest issue, on sale now. Photo: Tom Oxley

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This week we treat you to this massive poster of Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon from Blur. You'll also find a 'Watchmen' poster. Photo: Andy Willsher

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