He lives in a house, a very big house in the country...
... and now Alex James of Blur is about to become the voice of farming on Radio 4
Once they've topped the charts and filled stadia around the world, any self-respecting rock star will turn their back on hedonism, start a family and move to a very big house in the country.
But Alex James, the erstwhile bass player in Blur, has gone one better. Not only does he run a farm, he is about to become the voice of farming for BBC Radio 4.
The musician has landed a new gig as presenter of the weekly Sunday morning series On Your Farm after joining the land-owning classes with his 200-acre holding.
James, 38, has a flock of sheep and a cheese-making operation in the Cotswolds. Yesterday he confessed there was some irony in his new vocation: "All these things that I abhorred and shunned and wrote songs about hating, I'm now embracing."
The BBC admits there may be pooh-poohing from some sections of the agricultural community, but Steve Peacock, On Your Farm and Farming Today's executive producer, said: "I would anticipate there are plenty of farmers who would sneer at being told about farming by a guy from Blur, but when they get to know him they'll realise he's keen and really getting a grip on it."
James has diversified since Blur's last album Think Tank was released in 2003. While band frontman Damon Albarn has pursued musical spin-offs such as Gorillaz, James has combined writing (he is a columnist for The Independent), radio and farming.
He said: "There is nothing more grotesque than an ageing, woman-chasing, whisky-swigging rock'n'roller, so it's been quite dignified, this whole process."
The married father-of-threewill be profiled by On Your Farm on 7 January and takes over as a regular presenter the following week. Also joining the presenting team are former Channel 4 political editor Elinor Goodman and TV chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright.
MH17 crash: Investigators discover more human remains and 'huge section of plane'
US patient Johnny Lee Banks sues doctors over circumcision that ended up as amputation
Susan Sarandon on David Bowie romance: 'He's worth idolising'
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
- 1 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 2 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 3 Satellite full of sexually experimental geckos adrift in space, Russia loses control of mission
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: A data analytics are currently looking t...
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: My client who are a leading publisher in...
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: A leading marketing agency is currently ...
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: A leading marketing agency in Central Lo...