What was your first record?
Paper Roses by Marie Osmond. I bought it from a drugstore in Laramie, Wyoming.
Who is your favourite artist?
I have a few, difficult to have one. Nancy Sinatra, Napalm Death and Slayer, occasionally Kylie. Occasionally Kylie is not the name of the band, sometimes I like Kylie. I was in her 'Slow' video shot at the lido in Milan. I'm in light pink speedos at the 12 O clock position above Kylie. Really.
Who's taken music forward in the last 10yrs?
I'm liking Astronaughts. Not been around for 10yrs but with a name like that they're going to be taking music to another galaxy.
Which artist do you collect?
Mr Kipling. He is less a musical artist, rather a savant of all things cake. I have a huge collection of his wrappers.
What vinyl are you looking for?
There's a rare album called Tinkerbells Fairydust on Decca. They did a great version of Spanky & The Gang's 'Lazy Day'.
What would you're specialist subject be on Mastermind?
Who is your guilty pleasure musically?
My taste is diverse so it's difficult to have a 'guilty pleasure' although I used to pretend to play the flute in Father Abrahams Smurf song. Oh Steps and S Club Juniors.
Least favourite song?
Any song by the Pet Shop Boys, cruel, just plain cruel.
The Phantom Tollbooth. Skippy Does Dallas. Up.
I saw Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Kool & The Gang on the same bill. There was a dancer with HJ in chains. He was annoying. There was an annoying guitarist at a David Sylvian gig I went to. Could have been the same bloke, learned to play the guitar and lost the chains. I also go to 'Mr Kipling Conventions'. Everyone has to dress up as their favourite Mr Kipling cake. It's a 2 day convention, hoping they might change the name to 'Festival' or 'Fest' to make it more trendy.
Best ever song lyric?
"You're about as easy as a nuclear war" Duran Duran. Inspired. La Bon at his lyrical la best.
"Why don't you use it, Try not to bruise it, Buy time don't loose it" Duran Duran 'The Reflex' pure class
Worst song lyric?
Anything by Sting when he went solo. Plus 'De Do Do Do De Da Da Da' which wasn't solo but so so wrong. Andy & Stuart must have been away that day.
Me & Brad went to see this little grey haired old granny in Kingston Jamaica. She had a great collection of Death Metal, Gangster Rap and old school Grunge. Whilst there she made us a cup of tea and some home made biscuits. Ganjanobs. Basically your McVities Hobnob but with a secret ingredient. We floated back to the hotel with the best vinyl and the munchies. So we ate the rest of the Ganjanobs she gave us. Bit of a vicious circle. Fortunately she also gave us the recipe. Oh, and Battenberg.
Biggest band rivalry?
Gotta be Spandau vs Duran.
What was the last album you listened to?
All the way through.....Neil Young's 'Harvest'. Just love that track, The Battenberg & The Damage Done.