How the 1975 got their name

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The 1975 are the buzz band of 2013. But the Manchester group are not named after the year of mullets and Margaret Thatcher, says frontman Matthew Healy.

‘When I was about 19 I went to Majorca and I came across a beautiful Spanish villa which seemed to have all of its furniture outside. I sparked up a conversation with the artist who lived there and ended up staying all day,’ he says.

‘His house was like some kind of 1960s bazaar, original Beatles records, signed Elvis stuff, a photo of him with Hendrix...

‘He gave me a whole load of beat generation stuff.

‘I found a mental page of scribblings. It was SO mad I couldn’t figure out whether it was suicidal or totally life affirming. What stuck with me was that the page was dated, “1st June. The 1975”.’

They play a sold-out show at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea tonight.