There’s more to Mike Skinner than meets the eye. On record he can be a foul mouthed tearaway, waxing lyrical about the joys of lager or problematic mobile phones. The press will have you believe that his life is consumed by an alcoholic daze, supplemented by a range of chemicals.
Blazing a trail all the way from the strips of Las Vegas, through the Nevada sands and acros the United States, come The Killers. Barely two years old and having just unleashed their sensational debut album on the crowds of Glastonbury.
“I can’t think of anything that tops it. It sounds cool and it doesn’t really mean anything. It almost represents this sense of panic or chaos.” !!! drummer John Pugh is reflecting on the American septet’s unusual name.
Having recorded a clutch of fantastic hymns of youth and vigour, one would think Razorlight would be united in welcoming their deserved success in the wake of their amazing debut album, ‘Up All Night’.
Freshly recovered from his bloody accident on-set of the video for ‘Blacken My Thumb’, (“It wasn’t really such a big deal. I think it was just a slow news day and they needed to write about it.”) Clash brought grapes and lucozade to The Datsun’s lead singer, Dolf De Datsun.
2003 was most definitely a DFA year. The importance of the New York scene has never been higher in recent times, and as is reflected in this issue of Clash, bands like The Rapture, !!!, Radio 4 and Outhud have all burst out of the big apple.
No Toots and the Maytals, no reggae. Not only did their sixties hit, “Do The Reggay” give the genre its name but, along with Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals were responsible for bringing Jamaican music to the rest of the world.