Strangely enough when the Sugababes’ ‘Freak Like Me’ went to number 1 which was built around my ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric’ song I had another song called ‘Rip’ go to number 1 in the Kerrang TV chart so I was pulling new people in from very different areas of musical interest. That was quite an amazing week.
I’ve always considered myself to be fiercely patriotic. I love Britain – its history and the down-to-earth attitude people have.
I’ve got Asperger’s syndrome and I’m not a very good people person so I’ve always been more comfortable around machinery. Not in a weird way – I don’t want to marry my car or anything stupid like that!
If I thought that any of this was pre ordained then it takes away any kind of incentive to struggle or to put up with things to reach for those impossible dreams all those dramatic things.
I became famous so quickly and so young – it was daunting. I was immature and I used to say some really stupid things in interviews. I never smiled on stage so I looked really serious but it was because I hated my teeth and was incredibly nervous.
I was a loner as a child and happiest at home launching toy rockets and aeroplanes. When I started causing trouble in my third year at grammar school Mum was really surprised. My parents sent me to a child psychologist who suggested I might have Asperger’s syndrome.
I am very old-fashioned about marriage. It is for life and I mean it. I always knew that when I met the right girl the life I had before – being single in a band girls everywhere – would be over.
I did an album a long time ago called ‘Replicas’ which was entirely science-fiction driven or science-fantasy. Since then it’s been a song here a song there. It’s not really a constant theme. I’ve written far more about my problems with religion with God and all that.
I’m very into science-fantasy that kind of swordfights and magic and technology thing.
I want to start my own airplane business. I’m going to buy two Dakotas paint them up in war colours and do er nostalgia trips to Arnhem – you know where the old paratroopers used to go – and charge them about 20 quid a time.