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A hilarious, nostalgic jaunt through teenage angst and 90s pop by Malcolm McLean

Available to buy now!

The Book

In nineties small-town Surrey, watching Top of the Pops was Malcolm's only escape from boredom and the bullies at school ... until a phone call from a pop star changed his life forever. Before long, he was getting compliments from Beyoncé, hanging out at award ceremonies with Posh Spice's mum and sneaking onto All Saints' tour bus.

Freak Like Me: Confessions of a 90s pop groupie is the true story of one teenage pop fan who, with a group of like-minded outcasts, witnesses the disposable music industry of the late nineties and early noughties first-hand. Tracking down A-lister itineraries, he gets to meet the real personalities behind the Smash Hits posters adorning his bedroom walls.


The book details Malcolm’s struggle to balance his life: stalking celebs around the M25 by night; Saturday jobs at Harvester and GCSEs by day. Malcolm’s story also looks at the challenges of coming out, bullying and finding your place in a grown-up world. Freak Like Me’s irreverent yet insightful tales juxtapose Malcolm’s life with the glitz and glamour of manufactured pop. It charts the meteoric rise and catastrophic falls of some of the 90s and early 00s most memorable pop acts, recounted by a suburban schoolboy who witnessed it all.


This hilarious memoir is packed with scandalous gossip and poignant memories from the era of Nokia 3310s and dial-up Internet, when chart positions meant everything and, if you wanted to know what your idols were up to off-screen, you had to track them down yourself!


Malcolm would also like to thank Myleene Klass’s mum for giving him five bars of chocolate.



Freak Like Me: pre-'97 playlist

Freak Like Me: '97-'98 playlist

Freak Like Me: '99-'00 playlist

Freak Like Me: '01-'02 playlist


Vice May 2018

'What It Was Like to Watch the Spice Girls Lose Geri in the 90s' by Malcolm McLean

Daily Mail September 2019

'Confessions of a 90s pop groupie: Super fan reveals how he rubbed shoulders with the Spice Girls and Kylie and was serenaded by a pre-fame Beyoncé'

Talkradio September 2019

Interview with Malcolm

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Fuzzable October 2019

'Book Review: Freak Like Me'

BBC Surrey October 2019

Interview with Malcolm

Southwark News October 2019

'Confessions of a 90s Pop Groupie Who Spent His Teenage Years Blagging His Way Backstage'

Talk Radio Europe October 2019

Interview with Malcolm

[Audio File]

Complete Music Update October 2019

'Book Review: Malcolm McLean – Freak Like Me: Confessions of a 90s Pop Groupie'

Closer magazine October 2019

Book Review

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Bella magazine October 2019

Book Review

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City University Short Courses Blog October 2019

Blog piece by Malcolm: 'How I Wrote Freak Like Me: Confessions of a 90s Pop Groupie'

GQ magazine October 2019

Featured as one of the '10 coolest things of the week'

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Dr Alice Violett's Book Blog November 2019

Book Review

BBC Radio Lancashire November 2019

Interview with Malcolm

BBC Radio Manchester November 2019

Interview with Malcolm

BBC Radio Nottingham November 2019

Interview with Malcolm

BBC Hereford & Worcester November 2019

Interview with Malcolm

BBC Radio Oxford November 2019

Interview with Malcolm

BBC Radio Cornwall November 2019

Interview with Malcolm

BBC Radio Gloucestershire November 2019

Interview with Malcolm

BBC Radio Cumbria November 2019

Interview with Malcolm

Daily Mail December 2019

Featured in the 'Last Minute Christmas Present Ideas' guide

Pop Love Dance blog January 2020

Book Review

Woking News and Mail January 2020

Interview feature with Malcolm