Miles Kane and Alex Turner are undeniably a peculiar pair. Their second album, ‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect’, released earlier this year, is an unashamed celebration of all things sleaze. It contains tales of lust, lust and, erm, lust. The Last Shadow Puppets have both been acting rather erratically of late, giving extremely weird interviews and dancing together like randy geriatrics in the video for ‘Miracle Aligner’. Naturally, then, their Pyramid Stage show at Glastonbury contained a great deal of deeply questionable moments. Here are seven of the most memorable.
The first glimpse of Alex Turner’s outfit
Can we talk for a moment about Alex Turner’s sartorial decisions? The Arctic Monkeys frontman strutted onto the Pyramid Stage wearing John Lennon-style circular shades, a tight black T-shirt with the slogan ‘GIVE A DAMN’ emblazoned on the front, a cream jacket thrown sports-casually over his shoulder and – deep breath – a flamboyant pair of high-waisted flares. Kane, teaming a pastel suit with cream moccasins (no socks), looked tastefully understated in comparison… even though his low-buttoned shirt revealed a necklace that appeared to betray the viewing habits with a tasty predilection for Miami Vice.
The bit when you spot most appropriate banner ever
In the middle of the Pyramid Stage crowd one punter was holding aloft a banner with a picture of TV chef Ainsley Harriet leering at the camera and drizzling olive oil, accompanied by the words:”LOOKS LIKES IT’S TIME TO OIL UP”. Yes, they’re a sexy pair, Turner and Kane.
The lads near NME shouting “KANOOOO”
He’s sort of easier to relate to, Miles Kane, isn’t he? You can – rightly or wrongly – cast him as Alex Turner’s dodgy mate who’s making love while sun shines. Turner is a more complex prospect altogether. He’s mercurial, mysterious, unpredictable and unfathomably talented. But no-one was chanting his surname. Everyone likes a chancer: we could all be Miles Kane, couldn’t we?
When they covered ‘Moonage Daydream’ by David Bowie
Taking on Ziggy Stardust: that is a baller move.
When you consider the question: what would 2008’s Last Shadow Puppets make of this?
When the Shadow Puppets performed the swooning, romantic, Scott Walker-indebted ‘The Age Of The Understatement’, taken from their first album of the same name, with Turner gyrating sexily (more of which later) and besuited Kane pouting like a horny estate agent, it was tempting to wonder: what would the bashful, fresh-faced scamps from 2008, the year that ‘… Understatement’ was released’, make of this? Clue: they would think, “Fucking hell, that looks like the most fun ever.”
All of Alex Turner’s between-songs bantz
“Ooh, what a groovy bunch,” he purred after ‘The Element Of Surprise’, making you wonder: is Alex Turner morphing into a cheesy crooner from the 1970s?
The dawning realisation that this all an act
They’re taking the piss. During the guitar instrumental in ‘Bad Habits’, Turner laid back on the floor and pretended to be overwhelmed by Kane’s face-melting solo. Turner wiggled his bum to the line, “Simple as a line out of a doo-wop tune/He’ll make the moves” on ‘Miracle Aligner’ and twirled out to the crowd, spinning his jacket above his head, while Kane strummed ‘Meeting Place’. At the end, Turner slung the jacket over his shoulder and blew air-kissed to the crowd. He and Kane sniggered to each other throughout. The Ziggy Stardust cover says it all: they adopted the personas of party damaged rock stars and are loving every minute.