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Poppy: ‘Robots are going to take over the world’

Poppy has discussed how her latest single 'Time Is Up' arose from her fears around how "robots are going to take over the world". Watch...

Bring Me The Horizon on how ‘Wild Wild Country’ inspired new single ‘Mantra’

Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes has revealed how the acclaimed documentary Wild Wild Country inspired the lyrics and video for their new single...

Manic Street Preachers look back on ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’ on its 20th anniversary

To mark the 20 years of their seminal single 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next', Manic Street Preachers have opened up...

Death Cab For Cutie on how Yoko Ono and gentrification inspired their single ‘Gold Rush’

Death Cab For Cutie have revealed how a Yoko Ono sample, the US election and the gentrification of their native Seattle led to the creation...

Interpol explain the origins and inspiration behind ‘The Rover’

Interpol have discussed how 'the cult of personality' came to inspire their huge new single 'The Rover'. Watch our 'Song Stories' interview with Paul Banks...

Death Cab For Cutie tell us about the meaning and making of ‘I Will Follow You Into The Dark’

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard has spoken to NME about the meaning and origin of their seminal single 'I Will Follow You...

Song Stories: how The Strokes inspired James Bay’s ‘Pink Lemonade’

When writing his latest album, 'Electric Light', James Bay was seeking reinvention. Channelling everyone from Frank Ocean and David Bowie (on the glittering electronic...

Song Stories: James Bay on his bold reinvention with comeback single ‘Wild Love’

We hope you're sitting down for this, readers, but James Bay does not wear a hat any more. And that's not the only bold...

“Capitalism and religion aren’t working” – Johnny Marr on the inspiration behind new single ‘The Tracers’

Johnny Marr has revealed that his new single 'The Tracers' deals with a plea for an alternative society after the "failure" of capitalism and...

Song Stories: Manic Street Preachers on the ‘instant classic’, ‘International Blue’

A highlight and launchpad for their acclaimed acclaimed 13th album ‘Resistance Is Futile‘, 'International Blue' feels like a ready-made greatest hit for a band with...
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