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What music are you currently grooving to? I dunno if I’m grooving to anything, but I’m listening to a lot of different Leonard Cohen things on a playlist that I go to sleep to. It’s soothing, you know? I trust him. Quite a lot of Van Morrison too, and a song I play loads is Elvis Costello’s Country Darkness.
What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? Bloody hell. Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin are almost like a double album, I love them. But I’m going to say Dylan’s Time Out Of Mind, which is one I often listen to on holiday. The song Highlands, I really like that.
What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? I asked my mum to buy me Little Jimmy Osmond’s Long Haired Lover From Liverpool, possibly from Woolworths. I was living in Milton Of Campsie outside Glasgow.
Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be? Oh God, I dunno. I’ve got loads of heroes but to actually want to be someone… I think maybe I’m scared of that question, maybe because I actually do desperately not want to be me.
What do you sing in the shower? Probably my own songs, when I’m working on them. It’s a good time for thinking because you’re not trying to work. Having a great idea in the shower and then forgetting it is terrible though. I’ve got a pen that’s water proof, the thing is getting the bloody waterproof paper.
What is your favourite Saturday night record? A perfect party type of record is A Message To You Rudy by The Specials featuring Rico.
And your Sunday morning record? Kris Kristofferson’s The Bigger The Fool. If I’m home I’ll stay in on Saturday night, and on Sunday I’ll have a slow morning and take my dog for a walk.