"On The Couch"

NME, Nov'97

On The Couch - with Brian Molko

1st Nov 1997

Pick a song that describes you best.

"Hang On To Your IQ , because it's so fragile. That's very much how I feel at the moment."

What is Heaven?

"I'm cynical, so I think that life ends when you die. But there's the optimist in me that thinks maybe we pass into something else."

What is Hell?

"Other people."

What's your earliest memory?

"When I was young I lived in Liberia. I remember being in my cot and it seeming like a jail cell, and there was a large and lovely black woman sweeping up around me."

What is your greatest fear?

"To be alone."

Who is your all time hero?

"Bowie, probably. When I was a teenager I listened to 'Ziggy Stardust' and 'Hunky Dory' obsessively. Having met him, I know he is the man who has the answers.

What's the worst trouble you've been in?

"I going to see Dream City Film Club on Friday and apparently my stalker is bringing her dad and the police to arrest me. That's the worst trouble I'm ever gonna be in." (Fortunately, the evening passed without incident).

Who was the first love of your life?

"Her name was Carole, she was french - we were both virgins. I was 14 she was 16, and we went out for a year."

What's your greatest talent?

"I can skin up faster than anyone I know."

Upon whom would you most like to exact revenge, why and how?

"My stalker."

What have you most regretted doing whilst drunk?

"Not challenging Gavin Bush to a pop quiz. He was going on about how Bush were the new Sex Pistols and I was like, 'Grow up man'."

What can you cook?

"I'm an excellent pasta cook. I can do stuffed peppers and a tiny bit of french and greek too."

What's the best peice of advice you have ever received?

"From Bowie, 'Never lose your spontaneity."

Can you read music?

"I used to be able to - I used to play the saxophone. Now I just follow when Stefan plays piano. I want to learn how to play the piano because secretly I want to be Elton John."

If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?

"I'd float around like an astral projection and look at everybody that has a place in my heart making love. I'd probably get a hard-on. Or I'd float around and see Bowie, Lou Reed, Liam Gallagher and that bloke from Embrace take a dump. But I'd have a better time watching them shag."

What are you final three wishes?

"This time next year, I want to be very much in love and very solidly with somebody. Secondly, I want the band to be fucking huge. I won't rest until we're larger than the Smashing Pumpkins. And I would like to learn to control my depression."