The adorable and soft-spoken Englishman sat down a few weeks ago with EW for a chat about really important stuff like why he stripped down to his undies in the video for lead single “We Are Golden” and what he thinks of pal (and Number One Fan) Perez Hilton’s new record label. Oh and we discussed his new music.
On the New Record “With the album, I wanted to paint this kind of comic-book version of my adolescence. I made a conscious decision to try and write a few more songs in the first person. Unfortunately, I’ve written songs that have dealt with a lot of different things from my personal life and these kind of psychosexual melodramas set within an adolescent context but all framed within pop music. The only difficult thing for me now is I get asked questions about all these things.”
On Still Not Being a Huge Star in the U.S. “I don’t get played on radio. Radio stations are saying I’m too weird and too English. I’m like ‘What the f***?’ It’s bizarre. But it doesn’t matter because I still do the tours and it still makes me happy, so who cares. I’m not obsessed with this concept, that kind of Robbie Williams disease. It’s so unappealing to me. Like ‘I have to be big in America.’ I have my place here.”
On Dancing Around in Underwear for the “We Are Golden” Video “I’ve never done anything like that before. I wanted to kind of blow away the dust that had collected between the two records.”
On Perez Hilton’s New Label “I know he’s been wanting to do this for a very long time. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that he’s a fan of music and that he stands by the things that he supports when it comes to music.”
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