Does Rock’n’Roll Kill Braincells? Mick Jones Take The Test

The Clash legend takes the infamous memory test…

What colour jumper did Damon wear when Gorillaz headlined Glastonbury in 2010, with you on guitar?
“Wasn’t it a stripy one? Blue and white stripes.”
Wrong. Red with black stripes
“How can I not remember that? I spent a whole year touring with Gorillaz!”


Which Joe Strummer song did Bruce Springsteen open his Glastonbury set with in 2009?
“‘Coma Girl’.”

Incidentally, and not for points, why did The Clash never play at Glastonbury?
“Mainly because it wasn’t going on but Joe did go to the first one [in 1970]. Now they have a big Strummerville area and it’s brilliant.”

You produced The Libertines’ two albums and Babyshambles’ ‘Down In Albion’. What were Pete and Kate Moss rumoured to be doing at Glastonbury in 2005?
“Going to see Chas & Dave?”
Ha! Wrong. Getting married

You performed The Clash’s ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’ with fellow Glasto veterans Primal Scream at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2007, which were held where?
“Hammersmith Palais! The answer was in the question. Can you give me a couple more like that?”

A pint of cider from the Glasto cider bus cost £3.50 last year. How many could you get for £2.50 in 1971?
“About five?”
Wrong. 16!
“I remember when festivals were free in the old days. I used to go to free concerts in Hyde Park when I was younger.”

U2 wrote a special song for Glastonbury which they were going to play last year but instead premiered in Turin. What was it called?
“Um, ‘Hello Glastonbury’?”
Correct! Well, close enough, it’s ‘Glastonbury’. Big Audio Dynamite – who you’re playing with at Glasto this year – supported U2 on their ill-fated Zoo TV tour, of course.
“Yes. Some of the first gigs we did were with U2 in France. Then we went on to tour with them. I remember sitting backstage in these huge cavernous arenas seeing where it all went wrong!”

Big Audio Dynamite are playing The Park stage! Who were the big surprise guests there last year?
“Radiohead’s Thom and Jonny.”
“This is the third consecutive year I’ve played Glastonbury in different groups. I love the festival, it’s like living in this weird alternative city for a few days a year. You come away refreshed.”

A quick non-Glasto curveball: you play and sing on which song on Argentinian ska band Los Fabulosos Cadillacs’ album ‘Rey Azúcar’?
“‘Mal Bicho’.”


Hard-Fi are rumoured to be playing a set this year too. Singer Richard Archer once compared your dress sense to which fictional character?
“Is it Leonard Rossiter’s Rigsby in Rising Damp?”
Wrong. Vito Corleone in The Godfather
“That’s better. I produced Richard’s previous group Contempo’s album. It didn’t really work out for them, so it was great to see him come back. It’s character-building when things go wrong for you in your career and you manage to turn it around.”

This year Michael Eavis has installed 1,116 what on the top of his cow shed?
“Cash machines? You never know when you’re going to need a bit of cash at four o’clock in the morning!”
Wrong! Solar panels

Total Score – 5/10
“I don’t remember everything but I’m used to reading things off Autocue so I don’t have to!”

The Brain Cells Hall Of Shame – who’s scored what in the quiz so far:

1. Tommy Lee, Motley Crue (2)
2. John Lydon (2.5)
3. Skream, Magnetic Man (3)
4. Tricky (3.5)
5. Jenny Lee Lindberg, Warpaint (4)
6. Jim Goodwin, Doves (4)
7. Aled Jones (4)
8. Tim Burgess, The Charlatans (4)
9. Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts (4)
10. Iggy Pop (4)
11. Nikki Sixx, Motley Crue (4.5)
12. Mick Jones
13. Meat Loaf (5)
14. Ray Davies (5)
15. Miles Kane (5)
16. Frank Turner (5)
17. Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai (5.5)
18. The Coral (5.5)
19. Adam Ant (6)
20. Mani (6)
21. John Lydon (6)
22. Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots (6)
23. Gene Simmons, Kiss (6)
24. Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park (6)
25. Murph, the Wombats (6)
26. Gary Numan (6)
27. Raekwon, Wu Tang Clan (6)
28. Tjinder Singh, Cornershop (6)
29. David Johansen, New York Dolls (6)
30. J Mascis, Dinosaur Jr (6)
31. Carl Barat (6.5)
32. Kelly Jones, Stereophonics (6.5)
33. Eugene Kelly, The Vaselines (6.5)
34. Tom DeLonge, Blink 182 (6.5)
35. Goldie (7)
36. Debbie Harry (7)
37. Billy Bragg (7)
38. Liam Fray, The Courteeners (7)
39. Damon Gough, badly drawn boy (7)
40. Rolf Harris (7)
41. Vince Neil, motley Crue (7)
42. Tim Wheeler (7)
43. Johnny Marr (7)
44. Dave Navarro (7)
45. Ray Manzarek, The Doors (7.5)
46. Jon Spencer (7.5)
47. Gerry Casale, Devo (7.5)
48. Michael Evis (8)
49. Orbital (8)
50. Serge Pizzorno, Kasabian (8)
51. Kyle Falconer, The View (8)
52. Stuart Murdoch, Belle & Sebastian (9)
53. Brett Anderson, Suede (9)
54. Alice Cooper (9)
55. Alex James (9)