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Born: 1969-12-30
Profession: Musician
Nation: English
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I mean, I could just go round and use session musicians for every song, but I don't find that helps when it comes to setting up a band for live. Derrick has been with me for donkey's years.

Tags: Mean, Musicians, Song

I'm in this absolutely gorgeous manor house with acres of quite beautiful countryside. I've got trout in the river, an organic vegetable garden, I've got my work 40 yards from my home. I don't mind being criticised, but where are they criticising from? Which hut are they criticising me from, exactly?

Tags: Beautiful, Home, Work

I'm very used to stages and dressing rooms. And dare I say it, much as I like being at home, I love the buzz of a new hotel room. It never quite loses its thing.

Tags: Home, Love, Used

It's not a case of 'look at me in my car'; it's more, 'look at the car'. I like the idea of other people enjoying them, because everything has become a bit faceless and nobody likes the motor car any more.

Tags: Become, Car, Idea

My place in Scotland is in the middle of nowhere, so you've just got a keyboard, guitar, a little drum machine and you know if you can work stuff out like that, if you can hammer out songs that sound good just with those three things and a voice, you're on your way.

Tags: Good, Guitar, Work

Then you have to be with somebody who understands your job. Understands there are gonna be dollybirds going, 'Hi I'm Candy,' and be prepared to ignore that. And also be prepared to be there when you get home. That's a difficult job.

Tags: Home, Ignore, Job

There's nothing classic about what's around now. I am a bit old-school. There are some things that are never out of fashion because they just look good. But if you want classic style these days you have to get it made.

Tags: Days, Fashion, Good

Toby not being there doesn't bother me, I mean I can work with anybody as long as we get along and as long as they've got an understanding of what I want and what I'm aiming for. To start with, when he left, it was difficult.

Tags: Difficult, Mean, Work

We spent a month in LA using a pool of musicians, a string arranger called Benjamin Wright, some great backing singers, and it gave tracks like Dynamite, which was written there, that kind of flavour.

Tags: Great, Musicians, Written

I think these days a lot of the younger generation feels that the world owes them something. But you've got to get off your backside and you've got to do all the crap stuff, too.

Tags: Days, Off, Stuff

The mid-life crisis is just those times when you're not so into the things you were when you were younger.

Tags: Crisis, Times, Younger

When I listen to Radio 1 and hear five different tracks in a row using old disco samples, well that's plagiarism, that's taking other people's music.

Tags: Listen, Music, Old

Every now and again I need to get away from everything. I'm quite a hidey-hole kind of a guy.

Tags: Again, Away, Guy

How is the economy supposed to recover when people can't afford to fill the tank?

Tags: Afford, Economy, Fill

I am a bit old-school.

Tags: Bit

I am quite fussy about clothes.

Tags: Clothes, Fussy, Quite

I can do the equivalent of 150 miles per hour and not get stopped. I could quite happily pursue people down the motorway in my helicopter.

Tags: Hour, Pursue, Quite

I consider myself very lucky indeed to have had the career I have. I listen to the radio now and you can't tell artists apart.

Tags: Career, Lucky, Tell

I didn't get my first car until I was 22. It was a BMW 1602 and now I've got it back I'm waiting to restore it.

Tags: Car, Until, Waiting

I have to thank my mum for kicking me out at 16 and making me stand on my own two feet - that's how I got here.

Tags: Here, Making, Stand

I learn fast and I take note of what I've been told.

Tags: Fast, Learn, Note

I may be the prat in the hat, that's cool, but I drive an Aston Martin DB5.

Tags: Cool, Drive, May

I think a lot of ladies get quite scared about people like me, 'rock stars', and it can be hard to meet the right sort of person.

Tags: Hard, Rock, Stars
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I'm 41 now and the right knee has got a bit of a twinge in it. I get about the stage a little less now.

Tags: Bit, Less, Stage

I'm not gonna give the British Government the joy of keeping taxing me. They don't tax art. And all my cars are just a collection of art.

Tags: Art, Give, Government

In my mind, there's a time and a place for putting your foot down.

Tags: Mind, Place, Time

Now, I'm the most impatient person that ever walked the planet. However: for the best, you always wait.

Tags: Best, However, Wait

There are some things that are never out of fashion because they just look good. But if you want classic style these days you have to get it made.

Tags: Days, Fashion, Good

Well, I'm British. I'm proud to be British and I love this country. I'm going nowhere.

Tags: Country, Love, Proud

Your private life is your private life and you keep it to yourself. You get more respect that way.

Tags: Life, Respect, Yourself

All I want to know is that I can keep this house for the rest of my days and I want to make good music... and have the odd sports car in the garage, obviously!

Tags: Car, Good, Music

I can find every jacket under the sun that I like. But I cannot find trousers cut the way I want them. They're all really tight at the bottom. Nobody does a boot cut on a trouser leg. It drives me crazy.

Tags: Cannot, Crazy, Sun

I like girls who like the countryside, put on walking boots and can bend with the wind a bit. If you're going to live with me, you need to be able to embrace the countryside and wet dogs.

Tags: Able, Put, Wind

I love being able to go on local flights when the weather is right. I've popped to the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and been mountain flying in Wales. When I got my licence I was over the moon, it was one of the greatest days of my life - it took two years to get!

Tags: Greatest, Life, Love

I think there is a human instinct to tell stories, no matter who you are or where you live.

Tags: Human, Matter, Tell

Artistry is important. Skill, hard work, rewriting, editing, and careful, careful craft: All of these are necessary. These are what separate the beginners from experienced artists.

Tags: Artists, Hard, Work

Not all poetry wants to be storytelling. And not all storytelling wants to be poetry. But great storytellers and great poets share something in common: They had something to say, and did.

Tags: Common, Great, Poetry

When I hear other people's stories, I like to believe that they contribute to my 'Encyclopedia of Human Experience.' The stories I hear help me expand my definition of what love is, what pain feels like, what sacrifice means, what laughter can do.

Tags: Experience, Love, Pain
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