No 1 Nutty Boy? It must be... Suggs

The Mail on Sunday - Event - - CONTENTS - In­ter­view by Gwen­dolyn Smith

Suggs, 56, born Gra­ham McPher­son, has been the lead singer of Mad­ness for 30 years. He is mar­ried to singer Bette Bright and they have two daugh­ters, Scar­lett and Viva.

What is your ear­li­est mem­ory?

Be­ing in the Colony Room in Soho with my mum when I was about six. I was sit­ting at the pi­ano and some­one gave me a five bob note, which looked the size of a bed sheet. Then we went to the pic­tures to see a James Bond film.

What sort of a child were you?

Naughty. We used to bor­row things and not give them back. From shops. Stuff like records. There were shops in Cam­den where the man­ager couldn’t be both­ered to take the vinyl out of the sleeves. A big mis­take.

What’s the worst thing any­one has ever said to you?

You’re a na­tional in­sti­tu­tion. Should have been in­sti­tu­tion­alised, more like.

Which liv­ing per­son do you dis­like the most and why?

Peo­ple who wear back­packs or ruck­sacks. Barg­ing and bunk­ing you round. To­tally obliv­i­ous of your face.

What is your most cher­ished pos­ses­sion?

I’ve got the Evening

Stan­dard bill­board with the cover an­nounc­ing John Len­non had been shot. I should get it framed, but I don’t want to be con­fronted with that head­line ev­ery day.

De­scribe the best night of your life

My 50th birth­day party at Wil­ton’s Mu­sic Hall. My wife and friend had or­gan­ised a whole show and got all these old acts to­gether. It was bril­liant. Mad­ness were there, and about 200 peo­ple came in all.

What has been your most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment?

Fall­ing off the stage while sup­port­ing David Bowie in the early Eight­ies. I ran for the mic and slipped and fell a long way down. David was stand­ing at the side of the stage laugh­ing. He thought I’d done it on pur­pose.

Tell us a se­cret about your­self

I make pasta from scratch when I’m stay­ing at my house in Italy. They’re very par­tic­u­lar, these Ital­ians, but I made some tortellini with some fried pine ker­nels for some na­tive friends and they en­joyed it.

Which law would you change?

There should be more af­ford­able so­cial hous­ing in Lon­don. Right now. They’re de­stroy­ing this flip­ping place. Prop­erty has be­come its most valu­able as­set rather than peo­ple.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

Stan Lau­rel. I like his face, and he wears a bowler hat as well.

What is your guilty plea­sure?

Watch­ing videos of my­self on YouTube. Be­ing caught at it by the fam­ily is al­most as bad as be­ing caught watch­ing porn. To be fair, I never get to see what the au­di­ence sees so it’s an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

If you could go back in time, where would you go? Me­dieval Lon­don would be fas­ci­nat­ing. What’s the best ad­vice you’ve ever had?

Al­ways go to the toi­let be­fore you leave a pub.

What are you scared of?

I’m slightly scared of heights. When I climbed up the Duomo in Florence, I was like a cat in one of those car­toons try­ing to cling to the floor.

What is the worst pain you’ve known?

Frac­tur­ing my el­bow fall­ing off a car bon­net in Paris.

What is the best kiss you’ve ever had?

Two nights ago. I’m not say­ing any more.

What skill should ev­ery­one have?

To be able to look one an­other in the eyes and prof­fer a firm hand shake.

What phrase do you most overuse?

Are you sure those pota­toes are done?

When was the last time you cried?

When Chelsea sold Matić to United.

What song do you want at your fu­neral?

Is That All There Is? by Peggy Lee.

Suggs presents ‘WW2 Trea­sure Hunters’ on His­tory, Mon­days at 9pm, as part of the chan­nel’s World War True sea­son

LAST FILM YOU SAW? Dunkirk. I was hid­ing un­der my seat ev­ery five min­utes but it’s a great film. LAST BOOK YOU READ? Feast­ing And Fast­ing, by Adam Fe­d­er­man – it’s a bi­og­ra­phy about the food writer Pa­tience Gray, who lived near my house in Italy. She was the ed­i­tor of a news­pa­per’s women’s page, but left it all to live in the mid­dle of nowhere, with­out any run­ning wa­ter or elec­tric­ity. LAST TV SHOW YOU LOVED? The Killing. I like Nordic noir. And Match Of The Day, of course.

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