Top Five Background Superstars... from Charlie Watts to Bez
As Stephen Rodrick meets Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr we take a look at other stars who let their bandmates take the limelight
1 CHARLIE WATTS
Charlie Who? No, Charlie Watts. Who? Exactly. The Rolling Stones drummer has been happy to take a back seat while Mick and Keith grab the limelight and each other's girlfriends. Mick used to grab his crotch a lot, until someone pointed out that there is a name for a 70-year-old who fondles himself in public. And it isn't Sex God. Keith has always been a big fan of the drugs. He is still having trouble with dodgy joints. You know yourself, the knees and elbows are gone at 70.
You might remember Bez as the guy who danced around in Happy Mondays' videos, playing the maracas. Bez probably doesn't. We reckon his memory of that period is on the sketchy side. These days, Bez has turned his talents to politics, forming the Reality Party so he could run for parliament. It has some daft lefty policies that everyone knows will never make the statute books. The Irish branch is known as Sinn Fein. Gerry. You're twisting our melon, man.
3 ADAM CLAYTON
Adam is happy to let Bono and The Edge take the lead. Particularly when it comes to getting involved in musicals about Spider-Man. We reckon he's delighted to have missed out on that one. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark closed after three years, having shipped heavy losses. It featured a man in ridiculous clothes who flew around trying to save everyone. Maybe they should have called the musical, Bono: Turn Out Was Disappointing.
4 SHANE LYNCH
Our favourite boy-band star has always been in tune with the people. During an acceptance speech at the 1999 MTV Music Awards in Dublin, Shane famously used the phrase "fucking shite." Our thoughts exactly when we heard that Boyzone had won Best Album. Of course, Shane was a big hit on the reality-TV show Love Island back in 2006. A lot of people were shocked when he walked off the set. Shane himself was drenched. You see, it actually was an island.
5 SARAH HARDING
The one who wasn't Cheryl Cole or Nadine Coyle in Girls Aloud. There would have been no jealousy there. Say what you will about ambitious, hot 20-somethings in the music industry, but they are only interested in helping each other. Sarah is joining Coronation Street as a rival to Tracy Barlow. She'll be up against a pantomime villain making bitchy comments in heavy make-up. Cheryl has been giving her tips after years of sitting next to Simon Cowell.
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