Code Red

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Small-time band protagonist/guitarist Danny McQueen once auditioned for, from Louise Wener's 2002 novel, Goodnight Steve McQueen. Wener was a singer/songwriter in the real Britpop band Sleeper in the 1990s.

I'd finally plucked up the courage to phone one of the "Guitarist Wanted" ads in the back of Melody Maker and I was on my way to audition for a band called Code Red. Vince was the lead singer. He'd written the ad himself:

BAND WITH RECORD COMPANY INTEREST SEEKS

SHIT HOT GUITARIST WITH OWN GEAR.

INFLUENCES: DEVO, DYLAN, THE DOORS AND DEXY'S

(He was very keen on bands beginning with the letter D.)

ABSOLUTELY NO TIME WASTERS.

(WE MEAN IT MAN.)

EAST LONDON

Later Steve McQueen and Vince are in Dakota.

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