Manic Street Preachers' frontman James Dean Bradfield feared the worst when his mum rang him in a panic - only to discover she was happy one of the band's songs had been played in 'Coronation Street'.

James Dean Bradfield

James Dean Bradfield

The 'A Design For Life' hitmaker has recalled his horror when his mother paged him to demand he call her immediately, only for her to reveal she was watching an episode of the ITV soap when one of the group's songs was played on the jukebox of the Rovers Return pub.

Speaking at Absolute Radio's 10th birthday bash at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on Tuesday night (25.09.18), James told the radio station: "A long time ago, she paged me, and said, 'Call me now, call me now!'

"I'm kind of thinking, 'Oh my god, what's happened? An uncle has died, or an auntie has died, or the dog has died,' and she was like, 'They just played you on the jukebox in 'Coronation Street', in the Rovers Return!' That was massive. That was gigantic."

Should the Manics - who are also made up for Nicky Wire and Sean Moore - ever make a 'Corrie' cameo they will follow in the footsteps several other music stars who have appeared in soaps.

Ed Sheeran headed Down Under in 2015 to appear in an episode of 'Home and Away', six years after Lily Allen appeared in 'Neighbours' when she turned up in Erinsborough to be interviewed by Zeke Kinski (Matthew Werkmeister) on his radio show.

Sir Cliff Richard made a really brief 'Corrie' cameo in 1997 as an extra when he sipped a pint with Andy McDonald (Nicholas Cochrane), and rockers Status Quo graced the cobbles with their presence in 2005 when Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt performed at the Les Battersby (Bruce Jones) and Cilla Brown's (Wendi Peters) wedding reception.