Favourite city - favourite city in general, favourite one on the tour?
It's tough. I like the village where I live but it's good to travel with all these gigs. We are gigging; we don't get to see much. On the European front I liked Utrecht in Holland and Metz in France. Utrecht seemed like a slightly quieter version of Amsterdam and Metz the same of Paris.
On the American tours, I loved New York. Seattle's really good, didn't get to see anything of it, it just happened to be the best turnout on the tour and the best crowd. So there's a memory of Seattle being great but I didn't really see any of it other than the venue. But yeah, I really like New York quite predictably, I also enjoyed places like L.A. Yeah it's cool.
Erm I'll have to go with pizza. I'm a really unhealthy eater, for years I didn't eat any fruit or vegetables except potatoes; that doesn't count...it's chips, its crisps, it's everything it's the super veg. Yeah for years I didn't eat any fruit and vegetables, I mean I'm getting better now, started to eat a bit more healthily now, but yeah pizza, preferably as a plate for the meat that's on top.
Favourite Simpsons episode?
Ooh for some reason the one that springs to mind, probably because it's not shown that often, is the one where Homer goes to Rock Camp and he gets taught by Gene Simmons or Paul McCartney or someone like that. It's like a weekend thing to go and learn to be a rock star.
I don't think I know that one.
Yeah it's a good one but so many Simpsons episodes have lost their excitement because you've seen each one a hundred times. I hope that doesn't happen to Family Guy because at the moment I love every Family Guy episode. I appreciate Simpsons is good, it's legendary, but I don't laugh out loud anymore, where as Family Guy I'm just in tears constantly.
Yeah I like Family Guy. I like the one where the dog Brian gets addicted to coke.
Yeah that's good that's very, very good, he plays it well.
Erm have they not noticed they have a dog in their family and everyone else is just people?
I don't quite know and the baby, Stewie, is always brilliantly confusing cos...can they understand
him speaking or can they not? Sometimes it's all ignored and others it seems to be understood.
I like that though it's good.
Do you like voices? I like voices, different voices on the radio, and newsreaders and so on from television. I liked whispering Ted Lowe and the dulcet tones of the guy who does the golf commentary. Do you like voices?
Yeah there are some good voices. I always think when we were in America the guy we were touring with
B Dolan he knows so much about hip hop.
I posed the question to him of what are your top 5 hip-hop voices cos there's been some real variation. Is it the smooth slick delivery or the more erratic Busta Rhymes, Dirty Bastard type voice?
So yeah I'm a fan of voices, again there's the poet I mentioned earlier Inua Ellams, I don't know if he's an amazing poet or not, that's because he's got the best voice in the world. He could read the menu to me and I'd just go...(shuts his eyes as if in oratory heaven) Ahh that's beautiful.
I'm pretty sure his poems are really good or it could be he's just got the best voice.
I recommend you check him out if you're a fan of voices.
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