Red Hot Chili Peppers

Garry Shider: Guitarist, singer and musical director for George

Intertwined, interchangeable even, Parliament and Funkadelic, the flamboyant funk outfits led by the crazy, visionary genius George Clinton, mixed soul, rock, psychedelia, satire and black power and made some of the most memorable and most sampled records of the 1970s and early '80s. They also played spectacular live shows, and influenced a range of musicians from Prince and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to rap acts like Ice-T and Public Enemy.

The Jayhawks: Heartbreak heroes

After 15 years of illness and ill-timing, depression and dead dogs, might the rock'n'roll dream finally be coming true for the unluckiest band on the planet?

Basic instinct: How Meltdown found its mojo

He invented his own theory of jazz, can't stand pianists and once asked to be castrated. Expect things to get a little crazy when Ornette Coleman curates this summer's musical wig-out on London's South Bank