THEY don’t make them look like Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell anymore – and he doesn’t know it.
He lambasted the current crop of chart stars for spending too much time on their smartphones promoting themselves rather than honing their skills.
The rocker has also taken aim at radio stations to focus on mainstream music, insisting that there is always an appetite for rock bands.
In an exclusive interview, Johnny, who bragged about still owning a humble Nokia, said, “I’ve never owned a smartphone.
“It’s not my thing. I know musicians who spend more hours a day on their Instagram than playing their instrument or practicing their instrument. It doesn’t make sense to me.”
Johnny and Razorlight are back with the new song Burn, Camden, Burn – an unreleased track from 2009. It’s a real nostalgic journey that took me back to the indie glory days of the Noughties.
Razorlight’s self-titled second album went to number 1 in 2006 and they had high-profile following in 2008 when they were the darlings of the indie scene.
But a year later, band drummer Andy Burrows left the band following a falling out with Johnny.
After a five-year hiatus, Razorlight reunited in 2018 – with new member David Kaplan – to release the fourth album Olympus Sleeping, but it peaked at a disappointing No.27.
But Johnny insists there is always a huge following for the bands. He said: “I love the sound of the band in a room, whether it’s Rolling Stones to Pretenders to Pulp to Strokes.
I know musicians who spend more hours on their Instagram than playing their instrument. it doesn’t make sense to me
“It’s over there, but it’s not on mainstream radio. Over the past five years, radio has become more and more commercial.
“It’s thanks to the radio stations.” Razorlight’s new song is used as part of Apple TV + Trying, a comedy-drama about a young couple seeking adoption while living in Camden, north London.
Johnny said: “They wanted to use it in the first few episodes, so we were like, ‘Yeah, we would love it,’ because we would like it to be out there rather than sitting on a hard drive somewhere. that it comes out
Apple Music has to come out, so that was ideal because I was hoping to release some of the new stuff that we were working on at that time.
Johnny and the band’s current formation – guitarist Bjorn Agren, keyboardist Reni Lane, bassist Ben Ellis and drummer Mat Hector – were halfway into musical creation when they were forced to give up their tools due to lock.
He said: “We were working on four songs and we were almost on the verge of finishing them. We are going back to the studio as soon as we get the green light from the studio.
Although almost every artist on the planet has used their spare time to create new music, in typical rock’n’roll style, Johnny has turned his nose to virtual sessions with his bandmates.
Instead, he is honing his football skills and is ‘champion on the lookout’. He said, “Me and Bjorn talked about doing virtual jamming and stuff.
“First, I don’t even think I have the technology. And secondly, it doesn’t sound so appealing. As for a fifth album, Johnny admits to being uncertain.
Johnny said: “It was all about this first week before. It would look like an event.
“Whereas with streaming and all that, it’s kind of like a slow burn. We saw that with our fourth album.
“Whether the next thing is an album or a series of singles, I just don’t know. They’re still big hitters for me.
Sam’s family orientation
SAM CLAFLIN is one of Britain’s most eligible singles following his split from LAURA HADDOCK.
But all the girls who want to get closer will have a hard time getting his attention.
Last August, The Sun revealed that the Hunger Games actor and Inbetweeners star Laura separated after six years of marriage.
The dad of two says he is now so busy “with the kids, I don’t have time to put on a pair of boots”.
Sam, 33, also told Man About Town magazine – now available on manabouttown.tv – “I’ve always been in fashion and I used to go shopping with my mom. I would say what I find cool.
Noel: I am “too vain” to take heroin
There wasn’t much that Noel Gallagher didn’t do in the ’90s, but he insists he ditched the heroine.
The Oasis star claims he would have taken the Class A drug if he hadn’t been so afraid it would rob him of his fashion sense – and make him look like Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder.
He said, “I am too conceited to be a heroin addict. Any drug where you’re going to get your nails dirty, that’s not for me.
“I don’t like scruffy shit, dirty fucking apartments. You would see Shaun Ryder walking around Manchester like a zombie.
In a new book, Don’t Look Back In Anger, he said, “It’s not very glamorous.
“The accepted face of a heroin user was a filthy, spotty scouse. I’m not going to be that guy.”
Earlier this week, Noel admitted that heavy cocaine use in the ’90s resulted in “brutal and aggressive” panic attacks and that he had already had to go to the hospital.
He said, “It’s an as ** t drug. It’s not creative, it’s not very social.
“You find yourself locked in a bathroom with a fucking idiot you don’t particularly like – and by saying that, I mean, I’ve made quite a load of it.”
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No Grande plan in 2020
ARIANA GRANDE landed three British No1s in four months on her latest album Thank U, Next, but fans will have to wait a little longer for her to repeat the success.
She’s set to go to No1 this week with her collaboration with Justin Bieber Stuck With U, but has said her next album won’t be out for ages.
The superstar, below, confirmed that she wrote new tracks but said of a new album, “I’m not releasing one … I did stuff.
“I’ve done a lot of things, but that’s not where I’m headed right now.” And Ari said she had an unreleased track with Doja Cat.
In a rare interview, with Zane Lowe of Apple Music, she added, “This is a great time to create because you are stuck with your thoughts and left a little bit in your head, so I think all the creations are. very inspired at the moment.
“I didn’t have a home facility until recently and it was so much fun, but also so bad for my sleep schedule and my meal schedule.”
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Nasty nice ass, Madge
MADONNA is finally receiving treatment to help her mend a crippling knee injury – and she shared these outrageous photos to celebrate.
Much like Madge, she posted snaps of herself in a plunging bodycon top and her butt in her underwear as she broke the good news on Instagram.
She wrote: “I will finally get my regenerating treatment for my missing cartilage.
“I would jump up and down if I could after eight months of pain. Wish me good luck!”
The Vogue singer, 61, had struggled during her Madame X tour, which ended in March, due to her injury.
I just hope she doesn’t give her doctor a heart attack dressed like this.
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