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