Last time I'd seen him he was on stage dressed all in leather wearing a top hat and a very low slung bass. He turned out to be a charming man, who had obviously survived his career trajectory from the birth of punk, through the 80s hair wars and working with Andrew Eldritchwith his sense of reality intact. Which is more than I can say forMartin Degville, the Sigue Sigue singer, though to be fair he did appear to be on far too many drugs when I met him in a club years ago. Well, more than me anyway.
It was very hard not to start gushing about meeting a genuine punk rock celebrity, someone who was in at the start of it all. I think I held it together, despite being rather pissed as I had drank at least a bottle of red wine (well, it was free) and ate, oh, at least 5 or 6 vol au vents.
So did I ask him about what it was like being in a punk band in London in 1976, whether it was possible for Billy Idol to fit himself and his ego in a room at the same time or how he managed to convince the music industry that Sigue Sigue Sputnikwere the new wave of music (at least until people actually listened to the music) or even what hair products he used in the 80s (very important 80s question)? No, I interrogate him about what Andrew Eldritch is like, what a sad fucking Goth I am! Enigmatic apparently, and no Tony doesn't know when he's going to produce another album.
Definitely the nicest person I've met who has been on Top of the Pops, apart from Strawberry Switchblade that is.
Wikipediaing whether Love Missile F1-11 got to No.1 (nope, no.3) it turns out David Bowie covered it on a b-side in 2003 - got to try and download that!