To what or whom do you attribute your recent success?
a) Chris Evans?
b) Father Ted?
c) Your talent?
a) 10% b) 20% c) 70%. I think Father Ted is very funny.
Who would you like to do a cover version of one of your songs and which song would that be?
If Scott Walker sang one of my songs, then I'd never work again. I'd like him to cover 'Someone' from the new album.
What about a duet?
'Move over Darling' with Nina from the Cardigans.
Loaded Called you a ponce. What do you think of them?
Have you ever smashed up a hotel room?
Only by accident. I fell over in the bath and pulled the shower thing off the wall.
What's the worst job you've ever had.
I've never had a proper job.
What would you do if you hadn't developed your musical talents?
I'd be a drunken bum.
When were you most frightened?
When my geography teacher threw me in the deep end when I couldn't swim, in about 1984. I went down for my third time, and luckily a classmate rescued me and pulled me to the side before I drowned and a genius was lost forever.
Did you have a near death experience?
No, just a near drowning experience.
What do you do to relax?
I wish I knew, I used to be the most relaxed man on the planet, but I'm the opposite now. A few weeks in a health farm would do.
Do you think you've got a big ego?
I am confident of my own ability.
Are you happy with the way you look?
I'm happy with my ugliness.
What was the last book you read?
Don't get through many books now. I never have time.
Your favourite film?
Generally I go for 'Roman Holiday'.
What's your favourite night out?
A big expensive meal with friends.
Do you watch the television?
Yes, I like it. I like watching 'Equinox' and Channel 4 documentaries of that ilk.
Do you watch soap operas?
Which Football team to you support?
Do you look after yourself? Who does your laundry?
I don't look after myself and nobody else looks after me either.
What do you do with all your leisure time?
I don't have any.
What was the first record you ever bought?
'Vienna' by Ultravox.
What was the last record you bought?
I like to go to Tower Records and buy a whole bundle at once. The last one I bought was 'A Love Supreme' by John Coltrane.
Which Spice Girl do you like?
I don't like the Spice Girls.