Reliving the Indie Dream with Gonzo
Getting nostalgic for hairspray, guitar music and Zane Lowe’s brown couch.
Who remembers the mid noughtie glory days, when it was acceptable for boys to wear girl’s jeans and girl’s to spend hours back combing their hair?
Bands like Razorlight and The Wombats were at the top of their game, and everyone in your class fancied Pete Doherty regardless of sexual preference. The one show to watch these guitar slinging, winklepickered indie bands chat rubbish was Gonzo, an MTV music show hosted by an ever enthusiastic Zane Lowe, where he’d get acts on a brown leather couch and try and get them to answer semi serious questions. Though he covered all musical bases, it was the scally indie boys who really took the biscuit until the programme stopped running. Refresh your skinny jean wearing memory with these tasteful clips.
Brandon Flowers and Ricky Wilson, 2005
This is an all star line up of musicians who in the last decade have headlined music festivals, become talent show judges and in the case of Bloc Party, ended up hating each other. Here’s Ricky Wilson dressed like he’s going to a school disco and Brandon Flowers quite likely wearing eyeliner messing about with Zane Lowe on the 2005 Gonzo tour. Awww.
Jamie T, 2009
Featuring a classic Gonzo game where Jamie T has to un-anagram words to make names of his own songs, this clip is pretty throwback. Jamie T will live forever on in our memories as the cheeky chap who released two great albums, and this video stands only as a reminder that there was no bossing him around. Where’s your third album Jamie!?
Alex Chung and 2 Arctic Monkeys, Neither of whom are Alex Turner, 2010
Approximately 75% of the comments on this video are relating to whether or not Alexa Chung was still going out with Alex Turner when this interview was aired, and the conclusion is that yes, she was. Dating speculation aside this is an awkwardly entertaining clip from post fame pre quiff drummer Matt Helders and bass player Nick O’Malley, from the time when Alexa took over Gonzo in its final series.
Fred Investigates: Tribute Bands, 2009
At some point before the Zane Lowe-Alexa Chung pass over, Fred Macpherson, AKA lead singer of several self confessed “mediocre indie bands” became something of a roving reporter for Gonzo. Here, with tongue defiantly lodged in cheek, he takes on some of the most randomly successful cover acts, including the Antarctic Monkeys and Maybe Winehouse.
Carl and Pete, 2003
The never ending love story between Pete Doherty and Carl Barat is seen here in full swing, deftly dodging questions and distracting one another. Carl has on that ridiculous red army jacket and Pete’s just come out of prison- it’s the calm before the next impending Doherty storm and Zane Lowe’s struggling to keep up. Check out Pete’s mid interview Wolfman song and Carl’s constantly bored face.