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Sitar so good for Cornershop.

Their fans include Oasis star Noel Gallagher and their fourth album was voted one of 1997's best in the States.

Yet when they first appeared, Cornershop were a total shambles thanks to their haphazard, experimental guitar tracks.

But then they shifted to traditional Indian instruments - and they have never looked back.

The mesmeric single 6am Jullandar Shere was an instant underground classic, perfectly showcasing the marriage of East meets West.

They now have a loyal following in the States, where they recently toured with Oasis - and had Noel Gallagher guesting on bass.

Their fourth album, When I Was Born For The Seventh Time, was voted 1997's best by the influential US magazine Spin.

It's all a far cry from the band's early days, when Ben readily admits their shows were shambolic.

He said: "We always had the attitude of why should you have to learn to play conventionally?"

Ayers, who formed the core of the band with colleague Tjinder Singh while both were students at Preston Polytechnic, added: "We started making music because there was nothing that we liked.

"There were hardly any bands playing in Preston at that time, and it was too difficult to travel to Manchester and Liverpool."

When I Was Born For The Seventh Time fuses hip-hop beats with sitars and tablas.

There is even a guest vocal from Beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg, recorded shortly before he died.

Ayers added: "We wanted it to be upbeat, funky and positive."

Cornershop play Glasgow Garage on February 22 and Edinburgh's Jaffa Cake the following night.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Dingwall, John
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 6, 1998
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