Busted have revealed the bizarre way they decided to celebrate signing their new record deal.
The band’s comeback album ‘Night Driver’, their first in 13 years, is released today (November 25) on Warner imprint East West Records.
Speaking to Digital Spy about the release, returning member Charlie Simpson said: “We had 100% control. We wrote and recorded the album without a record company. We paid for it ourselves. We had no A&R guy coming in and being annoying – we just sat in a room and made a record. We then took it to the record company and they bought into that vision.”
Bandmate Matt Willis added: “We wanted to sign a deal for the right reasons – where a label believed in what we were right now”, with James Bourne then revealing: “When we signed the record deal for this, it was fresh label people at a fresh label that we had no history with and they were excited about the music. It’s not a 360 deal – it’s about our album. And Charlie made everyone put their balls on the table in the restaurant.”
Willis went on to explain: “There was fucking four lawyers there, but Charlie made everybody in the restaurant get their testicles out and pop them on the table,” while Bourne clarifying that the ritual took place “in the private dining room downstairs”.
“If you eat there, Charlie’s balls have been on the table,” Willis continued. “The head of our fucking record label, his balls were out on the table. Our lawyer, his balls were out.”
Simpson detailed the incident further, saying: “A few of the lawyers were like, ‘I’m not doing that’ and I was like, ‘You fucking are’.” Willis also revealed that “there’s a video of Charlie chasing them around getting their balls out!”
“One lawyer was like [puts on posh voice] ‘I couldn’t possibly do that’ and Charlie was just like [in a roaring voice] ‘Get your balls on the fucking table!'” Bourne added.
“It wouldn’t have worked if there was a woman at the table. There was no way that would’ve happened if that was the case,” Simpson said.
Watch the band’s video for their latest single ‘On What You’re On’ below.
Busted are heading on tour next year. They will play the following live dates:
Norwich, UEA (January 29, 2017)
Cambridge, Corn Exchange (January 30)
Leicester De Montfort Hall (February 1)
London, Hammersmith Eventim Apollo (February 3)
Southend, Cliffs Pavilion (February 6)
Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall (February 7)
Newport, Centre (February 9)
Plymouth, Pavilions (February 10)
Bristol, O2 Academy (February 12)
Portsmouth, Guildhall (February 13)
Brighton, Centre (February 14)
Manchester, O2 Apollo (February 16)
Birmingham, O2 Academy (February 18)
Nottingham, Rock City (February 20)
Leeds, O2 Academy (February 21)
Newcastle, O2 Academy (February 22)
Aberdeen, Arena (February 24)
Edinburgh, Usher Hall (February 25)
Glasgow, O2 Academy (February 26)
Belfast, Waterfront (February 28)
Dublin, Olympia (March 1)