Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Numbers Bringing Back the Magic of Their Debut Album ; Band's Been Busy Doing a Whole Host of Projects but Return by Touring Their First Feelgood Lp

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Numbers Bringing Back the Magic of Their Debut Album ; Band's Been Busy Doing a Whole Host of Projects but Return by Touring Their First Feelgood Lp

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GIVEN the mixed fortunes of musicians trying their hand at acting, it was with rightful trepidation when British pop treasures The Magic Numbers received the invitation to appear in a new feature film.

Even more worryingly, the film in question would see the band playing the owners of a Bed & Breakfast in Blackpool.

Just what kind of crackpot film-maker would come up with such an idea? The answer would be comedian Harry Hill - with The Magic Numbers saying 'yes' without hesitation.

"The idea seemed too crazy to turn down," laughs Magic Numbers bassist Michele Stodart, of her band's memorable appearance in last year's Harry Hill movie.

"Only in the mind of Harry Hill would the Magic Numbers be running a B&B in Blackpool!

"It was mad being on set with people like Julie Walters... we're not the best actors.

"Harry said he wanted us 'cause he's a big fan.

"He loves our first record."

The surreal comedy genius isn't the only one with tremendous affection for The Magic Numbers' 2005 self-titled debut - as we'll witness this month when the band perform a special series of concerts to celebrate the album's tenth anniversary.

It's a welcome comeback from a group who, although busy of late, haven't been entirely focussed on their own unique pop brand.

Alongside those film cameos ("We're still waiting for the call from Hollywood," jokes Michele), the band have been busy with all manner of extracurricular projects.

They've recently finished touring as the backing band for McAlmont & Butler, Michele has her own burgeoning solo career, whilst her brother and band frontman, Romeo Stodart, has been co- writing songs with Salford chanteuse Ren Harvieu (See Happenings).

This month, however, sees The Magic Numbers reconvene for the album which made us first fall in love with the double sibling combo - Romeo and Michele Stodart, and Angela and Sean Gannon - in the first place.

Released in June 2005, the album's infectious mixture of 60s pop hooks, boy-girl harmonies and swoonsome romanticism became the soundtrack to that summer, securing the band a Top 10 chart placing and a Mercury Prize nomination. …

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