The 5-minute Interview: Alison Moyet, Singer

'Don't fear taking the wrong path'
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Alison Moyet, 46, is one half of Yazoo, the pop duo she formed in 1981 with Vince Clarke. Since the band split in 1983 she had a successful solo career, with six top-10 hits. Last year Yazoo announced their reunion, and will be touring in June.

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be...

I was about to let my hens out. I only have a couple. I used to keep them as a child and now I've done it for the past 20 years.

A phrase I use far too often is...

"Absolutely." It's a real non-word. It gives you a breather, like "um". Oh and also: "Do you know what I mean?"

I wish people would take more notice of...

Me.

The most surprising thing that happened to me was...

Becoming a pop star. It just wasn't an ambition of mine.

A common misperception of me is....

I think people have a lot of misconceptions about women once we become mothers. They assume that just because we're past a certain age we are going to change.

I am not a politician but...

I wouldn't want to be one. Just because you've been on television it doesn't mean you're politically articulate.

I'm good at...

Most things I put my hand to.

I'm bad at...

Organising myself. I can organise other people and other things but I can't make the most of an hour on my own.

The ideal night out is ...

A bottle of cognac and a game of cards.

In moments of weakness I...

Don't pick up the phone.

You know me as a musician, but in another life I'd have been ...

A portrait painter.

The best age to be is...

40 is a brilliant age. You are beyond youth culture but you're still young enough not to be disrespected.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is this:

Don't fear taking the wrong path and take no path at all.

Alice-Azania Jarvis

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