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Sunday 21 September 2014

Music scene's flat, say Vinyl stars

Mike Peters, Keith Allen and Phil Daniels arriving for the gala screening of Vinyl

Cult actor Phil Daniels bemoaned the state of rock and roll as he attended the gala screening of a new Britflick about the music industry.

Phil stars in Vinyl, which is inspired by the true story of The Alarm frontman Mike Peters, who stuck two fingers up to the ageism in the business by pretending his songs were by a teenage band.

Asked what he thought of the current punk scene, former EastEnders star Phil said: "At the moment I don't think there is much of one is there. X Factor's taken over. It's quite nice to have a film like this where music's a bit freer. I don't rate any band at the moment."

Phil, who voiced Blur's Parklife in 1994, added that the Britpop band is the only one he likes.

Describing the making of the low-budget comedy, which was filmed in Rhyl, north Wales, the Quadrophenia star said: "It was great to do. It was a load of friends getting together and making a film and we had a lot of fun."

Keith Allen, who plays his bandmate Minto, also attended the screening in London's Leicester Square.

"The music industry is so fractured, it's not the music industry that I remember," he said.

"You know, it was a virtually Stalinist organisation that exploited young talent... actually no, it's exactly the same," he joked.

Keith added that things had changed in the music industry since Peters carried out the hoax in 2004.

He said: "I think what is interesting and very significant is that Mike Peters probably wouldn't do that today."

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