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TWENTY QUESTIONS WITH JUSTIN HAWKINS

The Darkness are currently midway through a mammoth UK tour visiting everywhere they possibly can to play to as many people as they can. We went to see them in London and it was fucking incredible. If you don’t like every song on Permission To Land then you’re a) Wrong and b) FUCKING WRONG. Before the spandex hero Justin Hawkins went on stage that night though, we caught up for a round of 20 Questions that led to us talking about turning into a hedgehog, having sex with mermaids and eating cat food. Give it a read below.

The best pair of shoes you’ve ever owned?
I’m a person that has a lot of shoes. I’ve never known a woman that I’ve been related to or in a relationship with who has anywhere near as many shoes as me. I love all of them, that’s why I can’t get rid of them, but if I had to pick one it would be my white combat boots. Actually, no. There was a company that used to be called Augusta but they’re now A Diciannoveventitre, they’re an Italian company and these guys make shoes by hand, and I got a pair of black derbies. They’re the kind of thing Charlie Chaplin might have worn and they go with nothing that I own, but that sort of makes it better so I wear them all the time. Whatever you do, they stand out. It’s a simple classic design but nothing I wear is like that.

Favourite video game?
I really enjoyed International Superstar Soccer when it first came out on the N64. That was one of the first games where you could really create the look of the players so I had me and my brother up front, a few of my friends in midfield, and commanding the central defence was my father. When I won the World Cup with those lot as England there’s a sequence of the team walking round the stadium with confetti everywhere and all the players throwing my father into the air and catching him. It was just so funny, I could watch it all day.

The best place in the world?
I used to think that it was somewhere vaguely exotic and weird like parts of Tokyo or something like that, but in reality it’s the Cap d’Antibes in the south of France because the people are so arrogant it’s an inspiration to me. Everyone behaves like a rockstar and I don’t enough. The way they speak to each other, the way they turn their nose up at things – it’s just awesome. It’s a new kind of etiquette. If everybody behaved like that they’d all be a lot happier. Beneath all the people-pleasing and politeness in England there’s seething resentment, but in the south of France no-one gives a fuck and at least they’re honest. The weather’s a bonus. Check it out… »

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FRONT’S RADVENT CALENDAR #6: PINKZILLA

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Because you guys loved the exclusive Pinkzilla shoot from FRONT 188 so much, we thought we’d be super nice on a Friday and make the sixth day of Radvent all about the pink-haired beauty herself. You have to admit that Radvent is kicking major arse so far. Did you see the galleries from Jo Evans and Gemma Stafford? OF COURSE YOU DID! So why are you reading this and not looking at Pinkzilla’s gallery?

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FRONT EXCLUSIVE: NEW FOUND GLORY – NOTHING FOR CHRISTMAS

What would Christmas be without Christmas songs? Probably a lot fucking better. But if the songs were actually fun and got us in the mood for partying we’d be all over that festie jukebox like flies on a chocolate log. THAT’S WHERE NEW FOUND GLORY COME IN! For Punk Goes Christmas they’ve teamed up with the likes of All Time Low, Issues and Crown The Empire for an album of non-shit seasonal songs. So blast this loud next time someone starts playing Slade for the fucking millionth time.

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LURK HARD WINTER LOOK BOOK 2013

We’re big fans of Lurk Hard here at FRONT and you don’t see enough people repping them outside of the US West Coast.

Check out their video look book for their Holiday collection above and get hold of it HERE. We want those socks.

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WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: KID INK

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Our quest to ask everyone in the world what they want for Christmas continues with Kid Ink, the tattoo-covered rapper who looks like he’s gonna have a fucking enormous 2014. His new album My Own Lane drops next month – check it out, yeah? But in the mean time, have a read of what the world’s inkiest rapper wants from Santa this year!

“If I could have anything at all, I’d want a 1969 Stingray Corvette. That would be my dream gift for sure, but when I get gifts, I’d rather have things that I wouldn’t have bought than things I couldn’t have bought. Just small things like something for the kitchen, or socks. Something small that wasn’t on my itinerary to get. If you can’t get me the super amazing car, there’s no middle ground, get me something regular. Socks!”

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BURTON SNOWBOARDS MAKE A PRETTY INTERESTING UNIFORM FOR THE USA OLYMPIC TEAM

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WOWOWOWOWOW, CAN YOU SEE THAT? Did someone get Burton to ask every employers nan to add a patch to one of their jackets? Good lord.

The Winter Olympics start in a month or so in Russia and Burton have released the official kit that the US Snowboard team will be wearing. It’s the third consecutive Winter Olympics that Burton have made a one-of-a-kind uniform for the riders. This time round they’ve turned to America’s heritage for inspiration on this mindfuck set of outerwear. Patchwork quilts and the American flag are both at the heart of the 2014 gear.

We’ll give ‘em one thing, we definitely haven’t seen anything like this before on the slopes – let alone the Olympics!

You’ve outdone yourselves Team USA.

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HAVE YOU GOT YOUR FRONT XMAS JUMPER YET?

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Why aren’t you as fucking rad as FRONT legends Stephydoll and Sliponmyknot here? They’ve already had their FRONT Christmas jumpers delivered, put them on and Instagrammed it like the awesome people they are. If you want to get your hands on THE ONLY CHRISTMAS JUMPER THAT DOESN’T FUCKING SUCK then head over HERE and pick one up. It’s only £34.99. Sleigh all day motherfuckers!

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 TRAILER: ANY GOOD?


Behold the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, coming out next May. Hmm.

THE GOOD:
Electro looks genuinely cool (although a bit like when Superman went all blue and electric in the late 90s), and Jamie Foxx seems unlikely to do a bad job – he’s an awesome actor.
Nothing with Emma Stone in will ever be a waste of time.
It probably won’t have the terrible Bing product placement that the first one did.
Paul Giamatti is always the bomb (if you ever meet us, ask us about when we met him in Spain – it’s the boringest anecdote ever).

THE BAD:
The special effects look a bit too special – quite a bit of this looks like a trailer for an admittedly impressive Spider-Man video game.
Andrew Garfield still looks distractingly like Walt Jr from Breaking Bad.
The first one, er, wasn’t that good.

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