Interview: Edwyn Collins - 'I'm only a little famous. I move through life unmolested'
The former Orange Juice frontman talks dignity, Donovan and being drop dead gorgeous
First record you ever bought
‘Jennifer Juniper’ by Donovan.
Last extravagant purchase you made
A 1958 Gretsch Anniversary guitar, laden with what we in the trade call ‘case candy’. All its original tags, paperwork, polishing cloth, etc.
First film you saw that really moved you
Ring of Bright Water.
Last lie you told
I do not lie. Honesty is the best policy.
First film you took someone on a date to
I have no idea what that would have been.
First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
I sit down and draw.
Last great meal you cooked
Salt fish and ackees, 2004.
Linda Garel in Dundee.
Last book you read
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.
First great piece of advice you were given
‘Never trust a hippie’ – John Lydon.
Last time you were starstruck
Starstruck? At my age?
First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Last meal on earth: what would it be
First song you’ll sing at karaoke
Have never done it. I’ve sung Elvis’ ‘I Just Can’t Help Believing’ at family parties.
Last time you exploited your position to get something
Not my style. It’s undignified.
First time you realised you were famous
I’m only a little famous. I move through life unmolested.
Last time someone criticised your work
A London Evening Standard live review thought I should hide indoors after my stroke. Ha ha ha.
First three words your friends would use to describe you
Drop Dead Gorgeous.
O2 ABC, Glasgow, Thu 18 Apr. Collins’ new album, Understated, is released on Mon 25 Mar.