Mike Skinner, known for his work as ‘The Streets’ is a rapper, musician, DJ and actor. His iconic voice and way with words set him apart from most. Hits like ‘Blinded By The Lights’ and ‘Dry Your Eyes’ saw major success in the mid 2000s. We took some time to look up some interesting facts about Mike that you might not know. Check them out below.
All quotes have been taking from ‘The Story Of The Streets’ and NME Magazine.
1. His debut album and one of our favourite albums of all time ‘Original Pirate Material’ only cost £4,000 to make. He recorded it in his bedroom, using his mattress as a sound proof tool and his wardrobe.
2. Mike has ‘beef’ with Aphex Twin, that he spoke on before:
“Don’t get me started on the Aphex Twin, though. He’s an absolute knob-jockey. I’m not generally one for speaking harshly of other musicians, but he’s been quite vocal in his distaste for the Streets over the years, so fair’s fair.”
3. Iconic track ‘Turn The Page’ from ‘Original Pirate Material’ has a hidden gem in it. If you listen really closely, you can hear his mother telling him to turn the music down and come down for dinner.
4. At a show, Skinner received an Emu egg as a gift from a fan. He said “It was because we did a song called ‘The Way of the Dodo’”.
It’s still a very weird gesture, we know. What would Mike Skinner even do with an Emu egg?
5. Has anyone ever seen The Streets perform ‘Don’t Mug Yourself’ on Top Of The Pops? Well, Mike was out of his head and he admitted to it:
“I remember doing ‘Don’t Mug Yourself’ on Top Of The Pops and being so off my face that it was virtually an out-of-body experience”.
6. 2011 saw hit TV series ‘The Inbetweeners’ release a movie. Mike actually wrote nine tracks in the soundtrack!
“The Inbetweeners had to be quite derivative and it had to sound like they were in Tenerife.”
7. Let’s finish on a personal favourite of Mike’s. From listening to his tracks, you can tell Skinner has a wide variety of genres in his arsenal. His favourite disco track of all time is MFSB’s 1973 hit ‘Love Is The Message’. Timeless.