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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Kraftwerk: Hits and Myths

Ed Power

Ed Power

There have been lots of inaccurate stories about Kraftwerk. However, they aren't the only band to spawn their own mythology.

MARILYN MANSON STARRED IN THE WONDER YEARS

It has been put about for years that Brian Warner – later to be the self-proclaimed Anti-Christ Superstar – played Paul Pfeiffer, the nerdish sidekick to the show's main character. Manson fudged the issue, stating the truth was 'irrelevant'. Which is strange, as the part was actually played by non-future goth Josh Saviano.

THE BEATLES HAD A JOINT IN BUCKINGHAM PALACE

It has long been part of Beatles folklore that, about to receive their MBE awards in 1965, the band enjoyed a sneaky spliff in the Buckingham Palace toilets. However, John Lennon subsequently explained the group would have been far too afraid to do so.

MICHAEL JACKSON KEPT THE ELEPHANT MAN IN HIS CLOSET

At the height of wacko Jacko mania, it was reported that Jackson had bid $50,000 for the remains of 19th-century 'Elephant Man' Joseph Merrick. Actually, most of the remains were destroyed when the Royal London Hospital was bombed during the Second World War.

KEITH RICHARDS HAD HIS BLOOD REPLACED

The Rolling Stones guitarist liked to encourage the myth that, in the early 1970s, he went to a clinic in Switzerland and had his drug-filled bloodstream replaced with a new supply. He did, in fact, spend time at the clinic. The rest though is fantasy. "Someone asked me how I cleaned up, so I told them I went to Switzerland and had my blood completely changed," he said. "I was just fooling around."

Irish Independent

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