Carl Barat: music and me

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The first record I bought was...

"Wild Thing" by The Troggs. I bought it from a charity shop because I couldn't afford the trendier Tone-Loc version that was released that week in the shops.

The first gig I went to was...

Glastonbury 1979. I was only one. Apparently Steve Hillage played. The first one I went to with my own peers was Reading when Rage Against The Machine was playing in 1996.

My favourite album is...

Loaded by the Velvet Underground.

But my parents always liked...

Everything with a guitar in it, especially The Jam. My mum likes dance music now.

I couldn't marry someone who liked...

Sade and Fred West.

On stage I like to wear...

A guitar, contrary to recent speculation that I have forsaken the guitar for dancing.

I'd love to perform with...

Outkast because they are damned good musicians. I think we would work well together and it would be an unlikely collaboration. Despite the differences in our backgrounds - theirs is rap, ours is guitars - we have similar senses of humour.

One thing that must change in the music industry is...

Dependency on the machine. It is down to doing it for yourself.

A great album cover is...

Frampton Comes Alive! It is a live album by Peter Frampton (with his face on the front). The Spinal Tap album cover, Smell the Glove - (of a woman on a leash like a dog) is pretty funny. Nevermind by Nirvana is a good album cover (a baby swimming underwater towards a bank note) even though it is quite an obvious one to say.

On my iPod I listen most to...

Ah! I haven't got one.

If I could have written any song it would have been...

Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row".

The worst song I have heard is...

"What's Going On" by Four Non Blondes. If that's not bad enough, "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" by Leonard Nimoy who plays Spock in Star Trek.

Carl Barat was talking to Charlotte Cripps

Dirty Pretty Things (on Vertigo) tour in November and December. see www.dirtyprettythingsband.com

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