“I LOVED SHIRLEY BASSEY FOR A YEAR…”

Sweaty palms and ripped trousers? Just an­other day in the life of THE STRUTS’ LUKE SPILLER…

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I HAD A JOB AS A CLEANER IN A REST HOME

“It was for peo­ple with de­men­tia in Cleve­don. I ba­si­cally cleaned the rooms and lots of messy toi­lets. It was the worst and great­est job at the same time, be­cause I was able to lis­ten to hours of mu­sic on my ipod while I worked. I’d be lis­ten­ing to ev­ery­thing from Elec­tric Light Orches­tra to Wu-tang Clan to AC/DC. It was a real im­por­tant year of soak­ing up all this in­spi­ra­tion.”

I PAINT GUI­TARS IN MY SPARE TIME

“It’s some­thing I’ve found to be very ther­a­peu­tic when I’m on the road. I just started do­ing it for fun, and since then I’ve had a cou­ple of fans com­mis­sion me to paint a gui­tar for them. I’m hop­ing to maybe do an ex­hi­bi­tion or some­thing big like that in the next few years.” “Right up the rear end! It was lit­er­ally by the sec­ond song of a 45-minute set, and I didn’t even re­alise un­til I felt this breeze at the back of my legs. I ba­si­cally got through the rest of the gig by never turn­ing my back to the crowd and reach­ing be­hind me when I needed a bot­tle of wa­ter, which prob­a­bly looked quite strange for 30-odd min­utes.”

I ONCE SPLIT MY LEATHER TROUSERS ON­STAGE I SUF­FER FROM HYPERHIDROSIS

“It’s ba­si­cally ex­ces­sive sweat­ing of the hands and feet, and grow­ing up it made hold­ing girls’ hands very em­bar­rass­ing. It comes in waves dur­ing my day-to­day stuff and brings up these con­stant but­ter­flies in the stom­ach. In a weird way, though, it’s also fuel for when I jump up on­stage. When I’m up there it feels like I’m work­ing off this ner­vous ten­sion that ac­cu­mu­lates in­side me ev­ery day.”

I’M WORK­ING ON A ROCK OPERA

“If it sounds like any­thing, it’s Down­ton Abbey meets The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show! It’s got magic, male pros­ti­tu­tion, rock’n’roll and 18th-cen­tury Eng­land. Like all pas­sion pro­jects, I have no idea if it will go any­where. The most fun thing is track­ing vo­cals for all the dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters. In its demo form it sounds like Ed­die Mur­phy play­ing every­one in The Nutty Pro­fes­sor.”

MY BIG­GEST RE­GRET IS NOT GET­TING MY SHIT TO­GETHER EAR­LIER

“When I look back at times I wasn’t as busy as I am now I do feel like I could have achieved a lot more if I had gone out less, drank less and did less drugs. I could have got stuck in so much ear­lier as a song­writer and mu­si­cian. I mean, it all hap­pens for a rea­son and now I’m prac­ti­cally sober when we’re on the road, and I think the rea­son I’m able to put those things to one side is be­cause I’m not miss­ing out on any­thing.” THE STRUTS’ NEW AL­BUM YOUNG AND DAN­GER­OUS IS OUT NOW VIA INTERSCOPE RECORDS. THE BAND TOUR THE UK IN FE­BRU­ARY – SEE THE GIG GUIDE

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