The Suede front­man will gladly turn up to award cer­e­monies if he’s win­ning.

Q (UK) - - Awards 2018 - VIC­TO­RIA SE­GAL Pre­sen­ter: Na­dine Shah

How do you feel about re­ceiv­ing the Q Life­time Achieve­ment Award? Well, it sort of sounds like peo­ple are pre­par­ing for my death a lit­tle bit, doesn’t it? Where do you go from there? But it’s lovely, it’s a real hon­our and a lovely thing to get. Peo­ple al­ways think I’m an award cer­e­mony vet­eran, and I’m like, “Well, not re­ally.” I’ve been to a cou­ple but I didn’t re­ally go to any in the ’ 90s be­cause we used to get snubbed, so I never used to come. Have you had a good day? I ac­tu­ally have… I love the Round­house as well. I re­mem­ber we played here over 20 years ago – we did three nights, and it had a roof but it didn’t have any walls. It was fuck­ing freez­ing, it was like do­ing a fes­ti­val in the mid­dle of De­cem­ber. You are writ­ing an­other mem­oir to fol­low Coal Black Morn­ings: what changed your mind about writ­ing about Suede’s post-fame ca­reer? I found a way into it. It’s not a con­ven­tional “this hap­pened and then this hap­pened” nar­ra­tive – it’s more of an anal­y­sis. It’s look­ing at the me­chan­ics of suc­cess and fame and be­ing in a band,

“It sort of sounds like peo­ple are pre­par­ing for my death a lit­tle bit, doesn’t it?”

and how that af­fected me as a per­son. I tried to look at what was good about Coal Black Morn­ings and what was good was the very scruffy na­ture of it. With this book, when I’m talk­ing about the glory days, I’m talk­ing about be­ing back­stage fid­dling with pieces of cheese, the bathos of it. Do you still like a char­ity shop? I’m still fas­ci­nated by things I find in the street or by lay-bys. I don’t re­ally shop in char­ity shops any more, but I am still fas­ci­nated by things that have been owned by other peo­ple be­cause they all have this back story. I found a rare 50 pence piece in a lay-by in Waltham­stow a cou­ple of weeks ago, it had Peter Rab­bit on it. When I look back at the whole “Ox­fam chic” thing, it was kind of great – but I looked a bit shabby and my trousers al­ways looked like they were made for some­one shorter than me.

Quite an Achieve­ment: An­der­son gets pointed; (be­low) hob­nob­bing with Neneh Cherry.

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