GQ (UK) Magazine August 2007 (thanks to Emmabrightside for the scans)



What was the strangest record in your parents collection?

Well, I don't really remember my parents having much of a record collection. I think my father used to be into Willie Nelson and Elton John but as I'm the youngest in the family. he'd grown bored of music by the time I started becoming inquisitive. I remember making flags and Frisbees from my dad's old vinyl, so no wonder he gave up on it.

What's the stupidest thing you've ever bought?

I bought a small model skull from a truck stop the other day. which I now have ceremonially mounted on my keyboards. I think it reminds me of my hometown in some small, pathetic way.

What's the most important item on your rider?

Has to be Coca-Cola,really.Bin the rest:keep the coke. As long as I have coke, I don't need to eat. I think my mother used to put it in my bottle when I was a baby.

When was the last time you fired a gun?

When I was 14,so a long time ago now. My friends and I took a 9mm rifle up to a shooting range and pretended to be tough guys. I remember its power shocked me; as soon as I'd pulled the trigger, I realized what I had in my hands could kill a man.

Precisely how hip-hop are you?

I like it more than emo music, if that's what you mean. I don't necessarily have a problem with the culture of hip hop; it's the hypocracisy of people within it that I can't bare. Look at Ice cube now, for example. He's in some awful kids movie, playing happy families with a couple of ten year olds. this is the man who was one of the founding members of NWA.I just don't get the turnaround.

Do you believe in god?

I do. I was brought up Mormon but it's something I've learnt rather than simply appropriated from my parents. I'm looking at my hands right now...and I can hardly believe I'm alive. The human body ,fruit,water,it's all just too perfect; something has to have created all this.

When was the last time you really lost your temper?

I lose my temper fairly frequently. I'm currently nursing a sore finger because I punched the window out on our  tour bus-they're truing to fix it up at the moment. the window that is, not my finger. I think it's because we had such a terrible show last night. or it may have been because of the lack of interest in the show we did at Madison square garden a few weeks ago. It was the gig of our lives, on par with when we played Glastonbury. And not one review. Not even a sniff of a comment, good or bad in any paper.

Should Arctic Monkeys cheer up a bit?

No, they do that introspective, moody English rock thing really well. It's their calling card. Then you have cheery bobber Ricky Wilson from Kaiser chiefs and he does his happy,smiley,hyper energetic thing really well. Let them all be , I say.

How far would you get on American Idol?

I've never considered myself much of a singer, more of a songwriter, so probably not very far, I'm no Mariah carey.Do I watch it?no,but I have seen the odd slice-it's near unavoidable when you're on a tour bus for months on end. I can see why it might become addictive.

Do you have any tips for taking off eyeliner before going to bed?

Well. I'm not wearing eyeliner so much any more but Dave our guitarist still rocks it on stage. but my one tip is: keep it on. you know it actually looks better the next day. after it's smudged a bit.

Having been a bellboy in Vegas before hitting the big time, are you a more considerate tipper?

Absolutely, I remember if we saw someone famous in the hotel we'd get a buzz because it meant our earnings would go up that night. I try and do just that. I even make sure a bellhop carried my bag up to my room when staying at hotels just so I can tip them. I mean, I don't want a cookie or anything but I know how much it means. I got a massage from a 50 year old woman a few days ago.Yeah you thing your going to get some hot blonde 20 year old right?anyway,i did try to persuade her to not do the massage but she  insisted. It was mothers day. so I gave her a good hefty tip.

Who would play you in The Killers the musical"?

Well, I'm not sure about his singing voice but how about Daniel Radcliffe? yes, Harry Potter! Either potter or that guy from spider man who I'm always mistaken for..tobey Maguire. I'm always being asked if I'm him. I bet he's never been asked if he's that guy from the killers!

What was your worst drug experience?

When I was living in Las Vegas with a few friends, we smoked weed laced with PCP one night. around the rougher neighborhoods they have those police search copters, the ones you always see on TV following gangsters in cars. we call them ghetto birds, and after we'd smoked that stuff, we jumped into a car and were convinced we were being followed. we got to the house, closed the blinds and just sat on the floor in the dark, practically crying. That was the last time I smoked that stuff.

What s the biggest media misconception about you?

That I spend my time slagging people off. It's just not true. well not all of it.

Who would you rather be adopted by: Madonna or Angelina?

Angelina. that's a no brainer

Are hybrid cars too girly for rock stars?

Well I have one, so..OK actually it's my wife's car, so there's my get out clause.yes,they're for girls.

What does the line "I've got soul but I'm not a soldier" actually mean?

You know, that's become such a lengthy debate. I know what it means. and when bands like U2 and coldplay started incorporating it into their songs, I was flattered I think Chris martin knows what I meant by it; in fact, he's the only person I've ever met that within a few minutes of talking to him, I could see he totally got me. the first time I met him was backstage after out brixton academy gig you know he's very competitive the last thing he said to me was you know, I'm you only competition" I love that! it just makes me want to run back to the tour bus and write a song that wiped the floor with anything coldplay have done.

Read any good books lately?

I'm struggling a little bit with Truman capote's fist novel at the moment, other voices, other rooms. I liked his short stories but I need to work on my attention span.

Who's your style icon?

Iggy pop the flamboyancy of bowie...I mean, I try to go running but the truth of it is I wear all those tiies,belts and baubles to hide my bloated rock star figure.If I learnt anything from growing up with sisters...