After appearing with them at Glasto 2003, the US punk-funkers want the dancing legend to join them in Manchester...

Rapture have called upon the services of BEZ to liven up the NME AWARDS party.

The former Happy Mondays and Black Grape dancer famously joined the New York outfit onstage at last year’s Glastonbury during ‘House Of Jealous Lovers’, where he declared the meeting a “New York-Manchester big electro crossover!”

Now, with the tour heading to Manchester Academy this Saturday (January 31), bassist Mattie Safer told NME.COM that the band were hoping he might return for an encore.

He said: “It’d be nice to find him! I don’t know whether he’ll come but he’s certainly invited.”

Asked if the band had any other ideas for onstage guests, he said: “Maybe Atomic Kitten. They could sing back-up vocals! All three of them, they’re all lovely girls.”

The NME Awards Tour, also featuring Von Bondies, Franz Ferdinand and [a][/a], hits Liverpool University on Friday (January 30) so watch this space….