This week’s issue of NME features a list of 75 ultimate cult heroes, as decided by some of today’s biggest names in music. Check out a preview of the list now, including the bands of today on why these people matter.
Fugazi. “They have this very strict ethos about music – it has to be pure and absent of money-making schemes…it’s just that it’s not their kinda thing. I suppose I can’t really relate to that side of it because I like stereos and TVs and shit like that…” – Tom DeLonge, Blink-182
Alex Chilton. “I was really, really obsessed with his music and particularly his solo stuff…I was trying to get in touch with him to get him to sign and do a record with Domino, which could have been really interesting, but sadly it never happened.” – Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip
John Cooper Clarke.
John Cooper Clarke. “I guess he confirmed for me, writing the things that I started writing about, that it was a good way to go. He’s got a terrific sense of humour and delivery… I first heard him when I was starting to write lyrics, and it showed me what you could be capable of with language.” – Alex Turner
Ryan Adams. “I like how he pretty much does what he wants to musically. He doesn’t write the music his record label wants him to and he doesn’t just try to please fans… Plus, he’s probably made millions, and is married to Mandy Moore.” – Sam Halliday, Two Door Cinema Club
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Gesualdo. “Gesualdo was an Italian composer who, because of mental illness, murdered his wife and her lover, and wrote music in the 16th century that was so progressive and extreme that no one attempted to recreate his style until the 20th century… It wasn’t until centuries later that he was rediscovered, and his work is a huge inspiration to me.” – Anna Calvi