So we know Jamie Oliver is a fan of Paul McCartney. He once enlisted the former Beatle for a rap track collaboration with Ed Sheeran in aid of his latest food revolution. Big deal, right? Everyone loves The Beatles. But what about these 20 celebrities with surprising taste in indie bands? From Woody Harrelson’s love for Alt-J to Robert Pattison’s appreciation for the chaotic stylings of Death Grips, here’s some we didn’t see coming…
Daniel Radcliffe - The Libertines: Actor and star of hit wizard film Return To Oz - just kidding, you know the one - Dan is a bit of expert when it comes to '00s British indie. Bloc Party, The Maccabees, Razorlight - he's seen 'em all. His mad favourite though is The Libs. "I'm just glad there will be another album," he told Gigwise recently. You and us both, Potter.
Woody Harrelson - Alt J: The True Detective actor was spotted at the Mercury winners' show at London's O2 earlier this year, sticking around afterwards to go bowling with the band. Maybe the trio are secret leaders of a murderous cult of dark arts worshippers, and Woody was on the case. Or maybe he just quite rightly goddamn loves that tune with the Miley sample.
Brad Pitt - Muse and Radiohead: Bet you didn't know old Tyler Durden's favourite bands are Muse and Radiohead. "Radiohead is the Kafka and the Beckett of our generation" he told Rolling Stone in 1999 in a chat about the themes of Fight Club. He and co-star Ed Norton recently flew to Italy to catch the Oxford existentialists live in concert. We are Jack's inflamed sense of gig envy.
Russell Crowe - Alabama Shakes: NME scored a voxpox from Russ last year when we met the cantankerous Kiwi coming out of a Shakes gig. Naturally we were stoked. As for Brittany Howard and co, however, given the appalling nature of the Gladiator star's forays into rickety rock 'n' roll with Oz band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, maybe having Crowe as a fan isn't exactly the best form of flattery.
Robert Pattison - Death Grips: One of the strangest collaborations in recent memory, mopey screen-vamp and massive indie fan R-Patz teamed up with the art-rap terrorisers on last year's awesome 'Government Plates', with the star contributing guitar to the song 'Birds'. It was basically the modern equivalent of Patrick Swayze guesting on a GG Allin track.
Taylor Schilling - Sleater Keaney: The star of hit prison dramedy - is that a word? IT IS NOW - Orange Is The New Black surprised gig-goers earlier this year by dropping into not one but two stops on the returning punk legends' UK tour, in Glasgow and London. The actress is said to be good mates with Sleater's Carrie Brownstein.
Juan Mata - Arcade Fire: The so-called thinking man's footballer, Manchester United midfielder Juan reads Bukowski, has a degree in Journalism from the University of Madrid and loves a bit of anthemic art-rock. In a recent playlist the footballer posted on Facebook, featured heavily was the Talking Heads-informed stylings of the Montreal-ian's third album.
Gordon Ramsey - Coldplay: When taking from some time scaring the shit out of poor village chefs, croissant-faced culinary whizz Ramsey relaxes with a nice bit of Coldplay, the perfect floppy soppy counterpoint to the man's relentless masculinity fury. The Ram named 'Yellow' his 'Desert Island Disc' in his appearance on the Radio 4 show last year.
Bill Murray - Girlpool: Murray was snapped at a Girlpool gig in SWSX this year, craning for a better view and sipping on a whiskey - exactly how you'd want Bill Murray to look, basically. Which means the LA band can die happy. As can Best Coast and Ghostface Killah, who were also graced with the great man's presence at the festival.
Paddy Considine - GBV: The man once dubbed the Midlands' answer to De Niro spoke to Clash a while back of his love for US lo-fi greats Guided By Voices (you might know them as the other band in The Strokes video for 'Someday'). Frontman Bob Pollard, a lyrical-minded, solipsistic soul much like Paddy himself, is apparently his "biggest influence, more than any director or film star".
Scarlett Johansson - My Bloody Valentine: MBV's Kevin Shields, who soundtracked much of Lost In Translation, is an idol to the film's star, Scarlett, who in interviews for the drama took every opportunity to plug the shoegazer, branding him "a genius". For her Tom Waits cover album, Johansson even went as far as enlisting Dave Sitek, whose production shares a lot in common with Shields'.
Joey Barton - Future Islands: Joey, who often enjoys the odd game of football between arguing with people on Twitter and misrepresenting Nietzsche, is of course a hardened culture vulture. His love of Morrissey is well-documented, but last year the loveable scoundrel tweeted that he was "all over the Future Islands at the moment".
John McEnroe - Oasis: That's right, in the 1990s McEnroe was an avid attendee of Oasis shows, even striking up a brief but beautiful friendship with Bonehead. Better yet - he also apparently once carried Jeff Buckey's amp for him after a show, suggesting had tennis not taken off for the man, there'd have been a killer roadie career awaiting him.
Brooklyn Beckham - Mumford and Sons: Baby Becks attended recent Mumford gigs in both London and LA. It seems he's got better taste than his Dad, who according to Swedish one-time team mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic was well known to have an iPod stuffed to the gills with Bieber, Selena Gomez and The Jonas Brother. Oh David, you wally.
Jay Baruchel - Idlewild: The How To Train Your Dragon star discovered the Scottish band as a teen, and recently appeared in their video for 'Every Little Means Trust'. The band often aid in his selection process for potential girlfriends, too: "'American English' is my litmus test for chicks I’m dating,” he told the Guardian. “If they can’t fuck with that, there’s no point."
Jennifer Aniston - Jeff Buckley: Before splitting from Brad Pitt, the pair had plans for a Buckley biopic that never saw the light of day. Who knew Rachel from Friends herself had such smart taste? And here was us thinking all she listened to was The Rembrandts.
Peter Crouch - Peace: One of the few Premier League footballers you actually wouldn't mind going for a pint with, the very amusing Crouchy also has great taste in music. Spotted last year crowd-surfing at a Kasabian gig, the 6"7 striker is a big fan of Catfish And The Bottlemen and recently appeared in Peace's video for 'Gen Strange' after meeting the Worcester rockers at the NME Awards.
Miley Cyrus - Radiohead and Bikini Kill: C'mon, stop trying to hate her bubblegum music and just admit it - Cyrus is a total dude. When she isn't promoting LGBT rights, she's throwing the spotlight on the lesser-known idols that make up the indie world, from Radiohead to Bikini Kill, thusly introducing millions of her teenage pop fans to music they otherwise might never have heard.
Megan Fox - Nirvana: Sexy, dangerous, provocative - Nirvana were all these things. They were also manna from heaven for natural-born rebels like 'Transformers' and 'Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles' mannequin Fox, who revealed recently she was raised on a strict diet of Cobain and bonkers sleaze-rockers Mötley Crüe.
Jake Gyllenhaal - Vampire Weekend: "I basically changed into a tennis outfit, and I got down," the grown-up Donnie Darko smiled after starring in the New Yorkers' 'Giving Up The Gun' video. He also popped up as a serial killer in the video to French band The Shoes' criminally overlooked disco-rock belter, 'Time To Dance', suggesting the guy knows an indie banger when he hears one.