I’ve been reading a lot of John Updike recently, and he’s been quite a discovery for me, especially the Rabbit series. He gets accused a bit of misogyny but I think that’s a misunderstanding.
Iggy Pop and the Stooges in London. Iggy is well into his 60s by now, and while he was brilliant for the early part of the gig, he did seem to struggle a bit later on.
I have tons of vinyl that I never get around to playing, so I’m very much a CD and iPod man. I know a lot of people say the new formats aren’t as good in terms of sound, but for me, convenience counts for an awful lot at the moment.
I’m listening to loads of Velvet Underground. I’ve been a fan of theirs for years, but it’s really just struck me lately how great the vocals are, and not just Lou Reed’s.
I remember being really excited by the Boomtown Rats as a kid. Also, the first gig I ever went to was the Damned in Sir Henrys in Cork, maybe in the mid 1980s. I was far too young to be there, but it was brilliant.
The Cramps at Brixton Academy in the mid-90s. It was around the time of Ultra Twist and they really still had it.
I don’t watch a lot of TV viewer, but I do like Game of Thrones. I also caught up on Love/Hate recently, and it was great to see it get better as the series progressed. Fran is a great character.
Elvis Presley — I still listen to him every day; also, Joey Ramone and Lux Interior [lead singer of The Cramps].
There’s been plenty, but if I had to pick one, I’d say Shakin Stevens in a toilet in Brighton. He was playing on the same bill as us at some record company event and came into the toilet in his white suit after being in a big fight with a Liverpool band who I won’t name. He won. I was just so impressed that he could handle himself so well.
Onstage with the Sultans, I used to wear these silver trousers that cost about £110 a pop in High Street Kensington. They never lasted long, and a few even split on me on stage.
I’m not quite a technophobe, but I only have a very basic phone that I just use for calls and texts.
Peter Shilton. He was the best goalkeeper of his generation, and possibly of the 20th century. I think he was totally under-rated even though he was a major part of my favourite team Nottingham Forest winning two European Cups.
I’d ban the use of mobile phones in places like cafes and planes.
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