HOW DID YOUR NAME ORIGINATE?
I was always a big fan of the US writer William Burroughs. In his book Naked Lunch there is a very dubious character called Dr Benway, who is in fact a drug addict. I always liked the irony of doctor having a dark side…Hence Doctors of Madness.
WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE THERE?
The 100 Club, London at a student Xmas Party in 1974. It was full but they were expecting a covers band…the only covers I knew were Velvet Underground songs…they hated us.
WHEN WAS YOUR LAST DAY OFF AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT?
What is a day off? I am an artist- I am ALWAYS working…even when I don’t know it!
WHAT IS SOMETHING APART FROM YOUR WALLET OR PHONE THAT HAS TO BE IN YOUR VICINITY AT ALL TIMES?
WHICH SONG BY ANOTHER ARTIST DO YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN?
Visions Of Johanna by Bob Dylan is pretty good…so is Common People by Pulp.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST SURREAL FAN MOMENT?
Joe Elliott of Def Leppard telling me he was the world’s biggest Doctors of Madness fan, and then singing backing vocals on 5 tracks on our new album!