We bumped into the legendary bassist, in natural high spirits, just before the mighty Scream went on-stage at Hyde Park Calling.
He had strong messages for Sven and those that criticised their famously chaotic Glastonbury show last year!
Festivals: You just came over from Roskilde. How did it go there?
Mani: Yeah, we came back early this morning.
We've been quite well behaved boys, for a change!
Did you get to watch the footy?
watched the game but then we had to go on-stage after the first half of extra time, so we missed the second half and the penalties.
Someone held a sign saying 'England Out' at the side of the stage and I just threw my bass in the air and went "Yes!!",
'cause the band have got three Scotsmen and I'm a Republic of Ireland fan. Still, I'm quite gutted because England
put on a good performance yesterday but they'd been crap all tournament and I'm glad that Ericsson's gone because
the guy's a numpty.
What would your message to Sven be?
Don't ever fucking come back!
does it feel doing dirty stripped-down rock n' roll on the new album?
Yeah, well we had our little play...
fucking about with samplers and computers, and now we've come full circle, right back to being a rock n' roll band
which is what we're good at. It feels great, man, getting people jumping about, all hot and sweaty, basically having a
[Paul Weller glides past]
You got any surprises for the set, teaming up with the Modfather,
Er... I don't know, really. The surprise will be if we all make it through without one of us dying,
You look fairly calm and together, though.
Yeah, we're feeling good man.
repeats of last year then?
Nah, we're looking forward to going and doing it and... what happened last year?
That was great, man, an amazing rock n' roll performance on a day when there was a load of
pussies, really. So we just wanted to go and fucking annoy people 'cause rock n' roll should be annoying as well as
beautiful. And I think we did that quite well.
Well keep doing it!
And by the way, Mr. Eavis is
still good friends with us as well, ha ha!
So you're going to go back, are you?
to go back mate, I love gettin' all me clothes full of shit and having to throw 'em away, it's great innit!