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SHOCK & ROLL; First meeting of Paula and Hutch rated top music TV interview ever.

Byline: By Sherna Noah

THE flirtatious first meeting between Paula Yates and Michael Hutchence has come top of a list of notorious rock star interviews.

The encounter took place eight years before the pair's famous interview on the Big Breakfast bed and nine years before Yates left Bob Geldof for the INXS singer.

It saw Yates interviewing the Australian rock legend for Channel 4 music show The Tube in the same year that she married her husband.

She later recounted their smouldering first meeting, saying: "When he walked in, he was so heartbreakingly beautiful it made me feel quite feeble.

"The view ofMichael's crotch was so impressive - the TajMahal of crotches - it was impossible to look at anything else and the whole nation was probably doing the same."

In 1997, Hutchence was found dead in a Sydney hotel room hanging from a belt tied to a doorknob.

Yates died of an accidental overdose three years later.

Experts at film and TV archive service ITN Source chose the 10 top interviews with rock stars to appear on UK commercial channels, according to "the impact they made on society at the time, longevity and sheer drama".

Russell Harty's 1973 Keith Moon interview is second, with The Who drummer trashing the set, questioning Harty's bachelor status and trying to rip his suit.

In third place is Johnny Rotten venting his anger on TV host Chris Cowey in 1979.

Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder's swearing on TFI Friday in 1995 comes fourth, followed by Shakin' Stevens attacking Richard Madeley in 1980.


1 Paula Yates and Michael Hutchence, The Tube, 1986

2 The Who and Russell Harty, Harty, 1973

3 Public Image Ltd and Chris Cowey, Check it Out, 1979

4 Shaun Ryder, TFI Friday, 1995

5 Richard Madeley and Shakin' Stevens, Calendar Goes Pop, 1980

6 The Beatles and Ken Dodd, Scene at 6.30, 1963

7 John Bonham and Billy Connolly, Alright Now, 1980

8 Mick Jagger, World in Action, 1967

9 Nick Cave, Night Network, 1988

10 Paul McCartney, ITN, 1967


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Date:Aug 12, 2006
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