Another one of nme.com's ruthless cross-examinations...

What song describes you best?

“‘Super Freak’ by Rick James or ‘She Works Hard For The Money’ by Donna Summer.”

What is heaven?


“A good night’s sleep.”

What is hell?

“A lack of sleep. And I hate doing domestic chores.”

What’s your earliest memory?

“I can remember things from before I could talk. The earliest thing is probably being asleep in my grandfather’s cot.”

What is your greatest fear?


“That someday I run out of things to say.”

Who is your all-time hero?

“John Lennon. He had a creative energy which I haven’t seen since.”

What’s the worst trouble you’ve been in?

“Staying out all night when I was 17. I was on a date and we got caught in a snowstorm.”

Who was the first love of your life?

“A guy when I was 17 at high school, Pete.”

What’s your greatest talent?

“I’m a whiz in the kitchen.”

Upon whom would you most like to exact revenge? Why? How?

“Nobody really. I think success is the best antidote to revenge.”

What’s your most treasured possession?

“A 1962 Sunburst Telecaster given to me by a fan. He just came up to me and said he wanted me to have this guitar.”

What have you most regretted doing while drunk?

“Throwing up in the Camden Underworld on my birthday in 1992. I’d been drinking Maker’s Mark onstage and then tequila slammers. I was carried out.”

What can you cook?

“Chicken and dumplings.”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

“Always wear clean underwear when you’re travelling. From my mother.”

Can you read music?


If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?

“I’d hang out at the Oval Office and listen to what they get up to in there.”

What are your three final wishes?

“That the world doesn’t explode on January 1, 2000. We get another 365 on top of the 365 days in 2001, and that I win the lottery.”