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Under the Influence: Stars Grill Their Idols

SPECIAL SECTION: Billie Joe, Gerard Way, Britt Daniel & more compare notes with their biggest influences.

SPIN iconSPIN Staff // March 25, 2010

Rock stars get all the perks. But sometimes even they don’t get the chance to compare notes with their greatest influences without a little help. As part of our 25th Anniversary year, we connected some of today’s biggest names with their idols — here are the results.

BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG MEETS PAUL WESTERBERG
The frontmen — longtime pals — talk about hero worship, staving off “creative suicide,” and realizing you’ve been singing the wrong lyric for 24 years.
BONUS: Watch an exclusive on-set video interview with Billie Joe!
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GERARD WAY MEETS IGGY POP
“I didn’t want the girls to want to f–k me, I wanted the straight guys to want to f–k me,” Way says. “I got that from Iggy.”
BONUS: Watch an exclusive on-set video interview with Gerard!
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BRITT DANIEL MEETS RAY DAVIES
For sound advice on true staying power Spoon’s frontman goes face to face (sort of) with the Kinks’ well-respected man about town.
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ALISON GOLDFRAPP MEETS DEBBIE HARRY
The electro diva and the face of Blondie trade quips on sex, style, and the death of mystery.
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Check the April 2010 issue of SPIN for more idol grilling, including Kevin Drew & J Mascis, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Kim Gordon, Matt Berninger & Black Francis, Sharon Jones & Mavis Staples, and Ted Leo & Paul Weller.