The 5-Minute Interview: Marti Pellow, Musician

'I'm just happy to be breathing in with no short, sharp pain'
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Marti Pellow, 41, frontman of the reformed Wet Wet Wet and winner of 'Just the Two of Us', has a blues album out called 'Moonlight Over Memphis'. He is also due to appear in a comedy show 'The Abbey'

My new album ...

For me, it's been the record I've always wanted to make. It took me the best part of two years. I'm playing at Ronnie Scotts for three nights in February. For those nights, it will be called Bonnie Scots.

On Wet Wet Wet ...

We have a new album. It's brilliant. I love those guys to bits. I love what they're doing with the music.

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

Cooking something. I'm pretty hungry at the moment. I like to cook.

A phrase I use far too often is ...

"I think it resonates with me". I've used that one quite a lot the past few days. Or "That's as cool as a bald-headed snowman".

I wish people would take more notice of ...

President Bush. He's a scary man. He scares me, especially how he handled that whole thing in New Orleans. Having seen the photos, it was quite appalling.

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

Finding myself on Broadway. Not just walking down the street, but being there working. I never saw that happening. To have your name in lights on Broadway - whoo!

A common misperception of me is ...

That I smile a lot.

I'm not a politician but ...

I think there should be more holidays. We should abolish Mondays and go straight into Tuesdays.

I'm good at ...

Joined up writing, omelettes and dreaming.

But I'm very bad at ...

Spelling. My timekeeping could be a lot better. I always seem to be late. I always walk slowly - I don't know why.

The ideal night out is...

Spending it with family and friends - then getting a phone call later on from an old friend. It couldn't get much better than that.

In moments of weakness ...

I eat chocolate and hopefully have the right answer at the end of the bar.

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

I always wanted to be a chef. I love food. I love having friends round and sitting round the table.

The best age to be is...

I'm just happy to be breathing in with no short, sharp pain.

Elisa Bray

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