Gary Ryan

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...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Natasha Bedingfield

1: What is the name of the character you played in Lisa Kudrow’s cult series Web Therapy? “OH MY GOD, I CAN’T REMEMBER! Man,...
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