Great Britain

Bobby Gillespie: ‘I am a lead singer, I love myself’

Born in Glasgow, Bobby Gillespie, 58, founded Primal Scream in 1982. The band’s third album, Screamadelica, won the 1992 Mercury music prize. Utopian Ashes, Gillespie’s album with Jehnny Beth, is released on 2 July; their single, Remember We Were Lovers, is out now. He lives in London with his wife, fashion stylist Katy England, and two sons.

When were you happiest?
Standing on stage in between Robert Young and Andrew Innes, blasting away.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Emotional masochism.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Cruelty.

What is your most treasured possession?
My health.

What is your wallpaper?
The Terry O’Neill photograph of Raquel Welch being crucified in the fur bikini she wore in One Million Years BC.

What would your superpower be?
To destroy the class system in the United Kingdom.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I am a lead singer, I love myself – at least on the outside.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
Rock’n’roll.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Monica Bellucci.

What was the best kiss of your life?
The first one I received from my wife, at a party in New York City in October 2000. It was unexpected and it was the start of a torrid, crazy romance.

What is your most unappealing habit?
Picking my nose.

What is your favourite smell?
It used to be amphetamine sulphate but now it’s my two dogs, especially the staffordshire bull terrier puppy, Ivy.

What is top of your bucket list?
Wipe out the fucking Tory party.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
There is no pleasure for the guilty.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Noel Gallagher once said to me: “Women come and women go, but your football team is for ever.” So it has to be Celtic FC.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Corbyn losing the 2019 election.

When did you last cry, and why?
When Maradona died, I cried for three days.

How often do you have sex?
I don’t think enough.

What is the closest you’ve come to death?
In 2016, I fell off stage in Switzerland and broke my back in four places.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
I have a nice life but if everybody else had a better quality of life, too, Britain would be a nicer place.

What song would you like played at your funeral?
Feel Like Going Home by Charlie Rich.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Enjoy every sandwich – that’s a quote from songwriter Warren Zevon, when he was asked the same question on a chatshow. He had cancer and had eight months to live.

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