Welsh rockers Stereophonics are thankful they found a way out of their sleepy childhood town - because many of their former friends have committed suicide.

The HAVE A NICE DAY hitmakers originate from the Celtic town of Cwmaman, and began writing songs to eradicate the boredom from their lives.

Singer Kelly Jones boasts, "We were the only ones in that town trying to do something. People laughed at us, 'What are you doing writing songs about tramp's vests?' It was something to do.

"I know boys back home who have got nothing going on, they're depressed, 30 and lost, and topping themselves. It's frightening. We got lucky."

01/07/2003 17:25