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Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Justin Hawkins, The Darkness

The Darkness frontman faces the ultimate quiz – on his own career

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells – Graham Coxon, Blur

The Blur guitarist and solo star faces the ultimate quiz – on his own career

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Keith Murray, We Are Scientists

In Does Rock 'N' Roll Kill Braincells?!, we quiz a grizzled artist on their own career to see how much they can remember – and find out if the booze, loud music and/or tour sweeties has knocked the knowledge out of them. This week: Keith Murray, frontman of We Are Scientists, who are set to commemorate the (in their words) “50th anniversary” of their 2005 debut album ‘With Love and Squalor’ with a series of live performances.

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Jez Kerr, A Certain Ratio

In Does Rock 'N' Roll Kill Braincells?!, we quiz a grizzled artist on their own career to see how much they can remember – and find out if the booze, loud music and/or tour sweeties has knocked the knowledge out of them. This week: Jez Kerr from atmospheric Manchester experimentalists A Certain Ratio

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! We put Ash’s Tim Wheeler to the test

1: What backwards message does the song ‘Evil Eye’ open with? “We were going to put something about George W Bush but the label...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Rick Witter, Shed Seven

1: According to the posters on the wall, what is the name of the club in which the ‘Disco Down’ video takes place? “(Laughs)...

Charli XCX live: the self-appointed “future of pop” kicks off a cacophonous party (and tackles douchegate)

Midway through her Manchester gig, Charli XCX addresses Douchegate. For those mercifully unaware of the spurious shit-storm, it involves LGBTQ fans requested she autograph increasingly...

Weyes Blood live in Manchester: hushed reverence greets anthems for the Extinction Rebellion generation (and sheepish baby boomers)

Each night before introducing the post-truth anthem ‘Something To Believe’, Natalie Mering – aka Weyes Blood – conducts an audience straw poll: “Raise your...

Culturally on-point (and cheap AF) costumes to make you the winner of ANY 2019 halloween party

An Extinction Rebellion protester https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdzd-lxOD84 What you’ll need: Did you know that Halloween celebrations generate over 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste from clothing and costumes alone?...

Kanye’s gone Godly – but which artists have made the most heavenly tunes of the devil’s music?

O come all Ye's faithful! Such have been the messianic pronouncements of Kanye West in the past that you might have expect Jesus himself...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Jim Kerr, Simple Minds

1: Name all the stage monikers in your pre-Simple Minds band Johnny & The Self-Abusers. “I can’t do them all! Obviously I know I...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! We put Suzi Quatro to the test

1: Which shock rocker recently covered your 1975 song ‘Your Mamma Won't Like Me’ for his ‘Breadcrumbs’ EP? “Oh, he’s a good friend of...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Andy McCluskey, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD)

1: What Factory number is OMD’s 1979 debut single ‘Electricity’? “FAC 6.” CORRECT. “That’s a relief! (Laughs) Lindsay Reade, Tony Wilson’s ex-wife, confirmed with us...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Adam Lambert

1: Name the two frontmen of British rock bands who receive writing credits on your 2009 debut album ‘For Your Entertainment’. “Justin Hawkins from...

The Big Read – Tove Lo: “Sexuality is a fluid thing – it’s hard to be just one way”

After a trio of fabulously rude, giddy records that were both sexually explicit and mordantly funny, Swedish pop powerhouse Tove Lo – beloved of Lorde, Courtney Love and Kylie Minogue – took some time out. “I was sick of myself,” she tells Gary Ryan as she headlines Girls To The Front, the NME gig series that celebrates badass women and non-binary artists. She reconnected with herself on upbeat new album ‘Sunshine Kitty’, which explores a new sense of peace. As she puts it: “It feels pretty cool to be comfortable in my own skin.”

Debbie Harry on a life like no other: “I have a stubborn will to survive”

‘When I met you in the restaurant/You could tell I was no debutante” sang Debbie Harry on Blondie’s imperious 1979 single ‘Dreaming’. In her...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – James Blunt

1: Who once said of you: ‘If she’s so beautiful, stop standing there in your T-shirt and floppy fringe, and hush your hopeless falsetto...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – E, Eels

1: To whom did you write a letter inviting her to your Royal Festival Hall gig in 2008? “Queen Elizabeth II. I’m already winning!” CORRECT. “Point...

‘American Horror Story: 1984’ episode one: a love letter to ’80s horror that puts the ‘camp’ in summer camp

Putting the ‘camp’ into summer camp, American Horror Story has returned for its ninth season with 1984: a knowing, love letter to the decade’s...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Grant Nicholas, Feeder

1: In 2005, Radio 1 had a competition to win a band/artist playing a gig at a listener’s school. Feeder were one of the...
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