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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 March 2008, 07:40 GMT
The 3 minute interview: Elbow
By Kev Geoghegan
Radio 1 music reporter

It has been three years but Manchester troubadours Elbow are back with their fourth studio album, The Seldom Seen Kid.


The band are heading out on a UK tour in April, so it seemed like a good time for a catch-up with singer Guy Garvey.

But how much would he give away in just three minutes?...

If I wasn't a musician, I would be...

"Talking about it. No, if I wasn't a musician, I would be a lollipop lady."

Of all the artists you have met, who has surprised you the most?

"Black Francis. The fact that Black Francis had heard of Elbow was the biggest surprise.

"Then, he asked me to duet on a version of The Pixies' Cactus, which just happens to be my favourite Pixies song.

"Right up there with the best thing that's ever happened to me."

What is your most memorable gig for all the wrong reasons?

"Brixton Academy two years ago, I bust my ankle pretty badly and I did the gig on a walking stick.

"Adrenaline can do funny things to you and during the show I had a moment and I threw my stick into the crowd, then realised I still needed it.

"I had to do the rest on a poorly foot. It was very painful.

"Put it this way, I didn't have any trouble with the high notes."

If you could take one album to the moon with you, what would it be and why?

"I'd take Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk because it's a beautiful piece of music and I'd love to hear it up there.

What are the worst lyrics that you have ever written?

"I wrote a song when I was about seventeen and the chorus was, 'Too late to risk it, you take the biscuit'. How about that?"

Which song do you wish you had written?

"Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Neil Young, just because of the simplicity and the universal lyrics. It's like the holy grail of love songs."

Who is the greatest movie star of all time?

"James Stewart. Jimmy Stewart, he's your mate, he's your dad, he's your uncle, he's your kid brother.

"He's just a lovely, lovely man."

Dark, milk or white chocolate. Discuss.

"Dark chocolate because it goes with whisky like a kiss goes with a moustache or an egg goes with salt!"

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