What song describes you best?
“‘‘God Only Knows’ by the Beach Boys.”
What is heaven?
“Having your back tickled. Or your head. By someone of the opposite sex.”
What is hell?
“Doing American radio acoustic sessions at 10 o’clock in the morning.”
What’s your earliest memory?
“Dandelion and burdock.”
What is your greatest fear?
“I don’t like flying. But also, I suppose, I’m scared of failure.”
Who is your all-time hero?
“Probably John Lennon. He was able to use incredibly simple lines in his songs without sounding cheesy.”
What’s the worst trouble you’ve been in?
“I got caught cheating in my school chemistry exam. And I’ve had a few mishaps with the police.”
Who was the first love of your life?
“My first serious girlfriend, Claire.”
What’s your greatest talent?
“I suppose music, really.”
Upon whom would you most like to exact revenge? Why? How?
“A teacher that basically tried to steer me away from anything that I was interested in, especially music. If anyone had any talent in anything that wasn’t in the textbook, he’d tell them they’d never amount to anything.”
What’s your most treasured possession?
“My old 1967 Fender Jazzmaster. Or my Burmese cat, Coco.”
What have you most regretted doing while drunk?
“Crashing my brother’s Mini. I don’t normally drink and drive, but I was only 17, and I’d just passed my test. I wasn’t really drunk, but I’d certainly had a few. On windy lanes in Wales, I went over a hedge, and into a field. That’s probably one of the stupidest things I’ve done.”
What can you cook?
“Italian stuff, probably. And I do a really good salmon teriyaki.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
“Don’t read reviews! Even though I do read them still.”
Can you read music?
“I used to play trumpet in the school orchestra, but it’s been a while.”
If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
“I’ve always been intrigued to go to the Pentagon and look through the files of official secrets. Or a fly on the wall in Helen Mirren’s bedroom.”
What are your three final wishes?
“On a very selfish note, to make our next album great. Find a cure for AIDS. And be happy, I s’pose.”