Johnny Marr: guitars, haircuts and football

By Lee Gale Jack, 2003 Everyone’s favourite guitarist has turned vocalist with his new band Johnny Marr And The Healers. Singing? How did this come about? We catch up with the former Smith at the swanky Hyatt Regency Hotel in Marylebone, London

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One last thing… Graham Fellows

The Guardian’s The Guide’s great, lost, back-page interview from 2009! This interview was dumped when the newspaper’s cultural diary was overhauled – but now, here it is! It’s fantastic to see your character John Shuttleworth back on telly, the first time since Europigeon (1) in 1998.I’ve just made some TV and radio ads for Yorkshire […]

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Get it in the mixer! Fatboy Slim on DJing at the Amex

After phenomenally successful Big Beach Boutique shows on the pebbles of Brighton seafront, Fatboy Slim makes a hometown comeback with Big Beach Bootique 5, two nights of DJ goal-lagging at Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium GQ.co.uk, 2011 Slashing rain, and Brighton & Hove Albion in their new Amex Stadium are running out of viable […]

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Ohm is where the heart is: Karl Bartos on life post-Kraftwerk

GQ.co.uk, 2013 “Rick Waller? Fat fella on Pop Idol? Yeah, he was great. Kraftwerk? Never heard of them. Were they dancers on Britain’s Got Talent?” It’s easy to say there’s no hope for civilisation when educated people in top jobs speak this way. The ideal solution would be to take these ne’er-do-wells into a study, reach for […]

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Joy divided: an interview with Peter Hook

Feuds, addiction and beautiful bass lines – muscle-bound Salfordian Peter Hook discusses his new Joy Division memoir Unknown Pleasures, his plans for a New Order book and how his lawn-raking technique mirrors his low-slung playing style  GQ.co.uk, 2012 For 32 years, there has been an otherworldly mist shrouding Joy Division, a lingering pall blanketing the […]

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An ideal for reliving: an interview with New Order’s Stephen Morris

GQ.co.uk, 2012 Snow is falling Christmas-card style in Kensington, an apt real-time video if you’re listening to the icy tinkles of an ARP Omni 2 synthesizer on one of Joy Division’s more elegiac compositions. Sickeningly, the sullenness is shattered as that ode to sad ski holidays, “Last Christmas” by Wham!, thumps through the flurry. Beyond […]

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A Menace to you, Rudy: The Specials’ Horace Panter and his Beano art

By Lee Gale British Ideas Corporation, 2018 For men of a certain vintage, a Beano annual was a guaranteed gift beneath the Christmas tree, sitting among a pile of pressies that might also include an Airfix plane or three, Matchbox car transporter, farm set, full football kit, five-colour torch and, if you were lucky, a gleaming […]

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Unbroken: interviews with Ben Thornley from Manchester United’s Class of 92 and writer Dan Poole

By Lee Gale British Ideas Corporation, 2018 It all started with “Fergie’s Fledglings”, a group of players that were recruited into the Manchester United set-up in the late Eighties, round about the time Alex Ferguson was the bookie’s favourite for the sack. You may remember the likes of Lee Sharpe, Russell Beardsmore, Guiliano Maiorana, Mark […]

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Old school: an interview with International Teachers Of Pop

By Lee Gale British Ideas Corporation, 2018 Sheffield is a city of pioneers. The first football club in the world were Sheffield FC, formed in 1857 and still in existence today. They beat Stocksbridge Park Steels last week 3-1. Hallam FC are the second-oldest club in the world, founded in 1860 to give Sheffield FC […]

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Happy soul with a hook: an interview with Moss from Craig Charles favourites Daytoner

By Lee Gale British Ideas Corporation, 2018 Some of us have a love/hate relationship with BBC 6 Music. For instance, you get the feeling that Cerys Catatonia’s eclecticism on Sundays is simply the result of her entering the BBC’s vaults, selecting 20 or so CDs at random with her eyes closed, then playing track 6 […]

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