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Gay Guys and Their Mums

Paul Flynn takes a look at the angriest – and most exciting – British band in a generation

SLEAFORD MODS RULE

On 8th June 2013, at 8.39pm, Sonic Youth bassist and art-punk royalty Kim Gordon Tweeted three simple words to her followers: ‘Sleaford Mods rule.’ The seal of outsider approval was Retweeted 39 times and liked 18. Ever the early adopter, Gordon was a good two years ahead of the pack in anointing the pleasingly unpleasant Nottingham duo her patronage. Last year, Sleaford Mods became an unlikely mainstream concern.

Sleaford Mods are frequently dubbed ‘the angriest band in Britain’. On account of the song ‘Rupert Trousers’ on their last album Key Markets, a sneering invective on the Bullingdon political classes, they earned the title “the ‘Kill Boris’ band” in the Daily Mail, after a lyric suggested knocking the blustering London Mayor off one of his rented blue bicycles. “The self-styled ‘punk voice of the underclass features 50 different iterations of the ‘F’ and ‘C’ words,” the national barometer of Middle England counted, before suggesting that the BBC’s decision to televise their Glastonbury appearance would have serious consequences for the license fee renewal. Look, you don’t get that with Ed Sheeran. In a British musical climate demarked mostly by comfort and prestige, where our biggest rock outfit are still the nice boy public school palliative Coldplay, Sleaford Mods recall a time when music acted as an incisive agent of social change.

The band have become the most instinctive heir to Punk’s 40 year, rip-it-up-and-startagain legacy of agitating the status quo. They could not have appeared at a more timely moment. After Kim Gordon’s approval, the band’s reputation was further swelled when that wiry old granddad of the genre, Iggy Pop began playing them on his Radio 6 Music Friday early evening show. When Iggy needed a week off over the Christmas festivities last year, he handed the show over to the Mods’ Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn. The two men, both now well into their forties and enjoying an unlikely slice of mainstream recognition calmly took his steer, played favourite music past and present and chatted in their own inimitable Lincolnshire brogue, unzipping some of the tension that demarks Sleaford Mods’ genius onstage personae.

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Celebrating 30 years in the music industry, as they release their new album Super, the Pet Shop Boys cover the new issue of Attitude. Inside, we have the gay Booker Prize winner Marlon James, hunky teacher/model Pietro Boselli, musical theatre star Ben Forster, and a preview of the BFI Flare film festival. There’s a feature on the history of punk, and gay readers introduce us to their mums (ah!) Elsewhere in this Style issue, get up to date on the best of the high street, and what’s on trend this spring/summer.
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