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There are no real characters anymore. I don't think music is as essential today in young people's lives as it was in our generation. We've got other distractions. When you're holding up the Arctic Monkeys
, Franz Ferdinand
or the Kaiser Chiefs
as the saviours of rock and roll, then God help us. In the immediate post-punk years, those three groups wouldn't have got a look in.
He has a son and a daughter from his relationship with Juliette Banner.