Word got around: How Stereophonics became one of the UK's biggest rock bands

James Hanley

Stereophonics’ first shot at the big time was nearly scuppered before it started – by Kelly Jones’ mum. It was 1996, at the peak of Britpop, when Richard Branson called the Jones residence.

“I was living at my mum’s house and a lot of people were ringing up offering us record deals at the time - 35 A&R people came across the bridge to Wales,” recalls the singer.

“Richard Branson was starting a new label after he’d left Virgin. V2 ...

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