Meet the band loathed by critics, but loved by Bob Dylan

It’s not often that Bob Dylan speaks, but when he does, the music world listens.

So when a new and lengthy interview appeared on his Web site last week, fans scrambled to get an insight into the legend’s mind. When asked about his favorite music, Dylan gave shoutouts to Iggy Pop, Willie Nelson and even Amy Winehouse. But the name that turned out to be the biggest head-scratcher was the Stereophonics.

The Welsh group, who have sold millions in the UK but have barely made a dent in the US during the last 20 years, were as surprised as anyone when they heard the news.

“I didn’t know what to make of it, initially,” band singer Kelly Jones tells The Post. “It was [Welsh actor and Steve Coogan’s co-star in “The Trip” movies) Rob Brydon that told me about it — he sent me a text. Of course it gives you a jab in the arm. Everyone needs that, especially at this point where we’re about to put an album out [later in the year] and go back on the road. This is where you constantly question yourself, and wonder if this album is as good as the last thing you did.”

Dylan, who releases his new triple album of standards, “Triplicate,” on Friday, and is finally set to pick up his Nobel Prize for Literature this weekend, didn’t mention specifics of his Stereophonics fandom. But Jones speculates that the reason Uncle Bob might have a special place in his heart for the Stereophonics is Jones’ songwriting style — which was in part inspired by Dylan.

“The only thing I can put it down to is the storytelling. That’s what’s always been in our music — a beginning, middle and end. I’ve always loved that in Bob’s work; my favorite Dylan song is ‘Who Killed Davey Moore?’ which is about a boxer that died in the ring.”

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