24 HOURS WITH
I’m naturally an early riser. I like that really dawnlike part of the morning, and I don’t need a proper alarm clock to wake up. When I’m on the road the first thing I do is try to remember where the hell I am. 6.30AM I make a delish first (and usually only) cup of really strong French press coffee – actually it’s more like a bowl than a cup. Then I get back in bed and read for about an hour. Lately I’ve been paging through The Cool School, a great collection of Beat stories that my friend Glenn O’Brien edited, and I’m also reading about zombie wards in World War Z. 8AM Breakfast can be anything. When I’m home it’s whatever’s in the fridge. When I’m travelling it’s usually fruit, eggs or cereal at the hotel. I try to be gluten-free whenever possible and avoid dairy. On tour I like to stay at the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles; I love the gardens there, and the bar is a lot of fun. One of my favourite hotels to wake up in is the St. David’s, a beautiful spot in Wales. 9AM I work out with a trainer several days a week about mid-morning; I bathe when I get home. I dress quickly and casually if I don’t have business meetings, but if I do I try to wear something that will work for the entire day and evening. If you look in my closet, you’ll see everything from motorcycle jackets to Yves Saint Laurent. I love Marc Jacobs; I love Comme des Garçons. I have a Balenciaga skirt that I absolutely adore and a wonderful coat by Chris Benz. I can’t wear heels as much as I would like to, but I do have a pretty great collection – lots of Louboutins and some yellow patent leather Manolo Blahniks that are just killer. I have fabulous boots, too, including new suede Versaces with beading and crosses, and furry leopard thigh-highs by Alexander Wang. Sometimes I paint my shoes – Stephen Sprouse taught me how to spray-paint them. I love make-up, though I don’t wear it unless I’m working. The exception is lipstick, which I wear every day. I use make-up from Edward Bess, MAC, and Chantecaille. 10PM Around this time, I’ll usually prop myself up on a bunch of fluffy pillows in bed and channel-surf. Like a lot of people, I really enjoy the very strange and sarcastic cartoons on the Adult Swim network, particularly the show Squidbillies. It’s kind of like The Beverly Hillbillies but with a family of anthropomorphic mud squids. I have two dogs, and they follow me everywhere. If I don’t let them in my bedroom, they make a terrible racket until I do. One’s an adorable Japanese Chin [also known as the Japanese Spaniel and the dog of Japanese royalty] named Kisuki; she’s very much a lady. The other is Jupiter, a real clown. He’s a mix – I call him mystery meat. 11PM Getting ready for bed means taking off my make-up, and I make sure I remove it all thoroughly; lately I’ve been cleansing with Dayle Breault’s Goddess of Skin, which is great. My bedroom is airy and very simple – believe it or not, I actually have more windows than wall space. Around my bed hang a funny little Giacometti pencil sketch, a beautiful woven tapestry that tells an aboriginal story, a black and white painting by Tony Just, and amazing prints from H.R. Giger. My choice of sleepwear really depends on the weather – and with whom I’m sleeping. I don’t have any limitations when it comes to my bedding except I like to be able to stick my feet out of the covers and my sheets to have the highest possible thread count. 12AM I’ve become a night person because of my occupation. I can’t say that I have a bedtime – I usually sleep in four- to six-hour shifts. What I’ve learned from performing with Blondie and having an upside-down schedule and jet lag is that if I’m tired, I go to sleep. I don’t like having a sleep hangover from pills, and touring has taught me a wonderful skill: napping. I can drift off on the tour bus and wake up feeling totally recharged. And I can fall asleep just about anywhere – once when I was in grade school, I actually fell asleep standing up. As told to Lindsay Talbot.