This issue: He may have been around oh, since the dawn of time, but the irrepressible growl and howl of Lloyd Cole still succeeds in simultaneously charming the pants off, and bringing a tear to tan eye, of the masses. He returns this month to play a solo acoustic show in the capital.
Name an album that’s an unrecognised classic.
Pink Flag by Wire.
Which artist or record first made you want to make music?
Name a song you wish you’d written?
‘These days’ by Jackson Browne, but the version as sung by Nico is the one I know and love best.
Who was the first pop star you had a crush on?
What song makes you cry?
‘So What You Gotta Do’ by Nina Simone.
Name a gig that changed your life.
The Buzzcocks, Manchester, 1977. They were wandering through the crowd before the show and I thought ‘God, pop stars are real people’.
Name a no-musical influence on your music.
Joan Didion. Her writing style has greatly affected my way of writing lyrics.
Who would be on your dream Top of the Pops?
T Rex, Pet Shop Boys, Spice Girls and the Beatles with Billy Preston, compered by Tony Blackburn.
What do you play as an aid to seduction?
Thankfully I have no need anymore, I’m a happily married man with kids, but in the past Al Green and Isaac Hayes always did the job.
What do you sing in the shower?
Lloyd Cole plays Edinburgh: Queen’s Hall, Sat 29 Jan.
Publication: Personal Stereo
Publication date: 20/01/00