The questionnaire

David Gray

David Gray, 32, was born in Manchester and raised in Pembrokeshire. He began making records at 23, but after three unsuccessful albums with major labels, he retired from the industry. In 1999, he returned with a new hit album, White Ladder, on his own label, and was quickly signed to EastWest Records. He releases an acoustic album, Lost Songs 95-98, on Monday.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

It's United v Arsenal in the last ever FA Cup semifinal replay. It's one-all, 10 minutes of extra time left, and United are down to 10 men. The ball breaks to Giggs, he scorches half the length of the pitch, dances through the defence and hammers a beauty into the roof of the net. I'm in heaven.

What is your greatest fear?

Keane joins Arsenal.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Road rage.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Bad driving.

What is your favourite fantasy?

That millions of people will start buying my records.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My ever-expanding midriff.

What makes you depressed?

Wasted time.

How did you vote in the last election?


How will you vote in the next election?

Against the Tories.

For what cause would you die?

For love.

Do you believe in monogamy?


What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My wife, Olivia.

Have you ever said 'I love you' and not meant it?

I gave it a go when I was about 16, just to hear what it sounded like.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

'Cool', 'Brilliant'.

When and where were you happiest?

London, 1992/93, when I met my wife and fell in love.

How do you relax?

I'm not certain that I do.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

A baby.

What keeps you awake at night?

Anxiety about life/Ideas for songs or anxiety about songs/Ideas for life etc.

Do you believe in life after death?


How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who loved life.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Negativity is a dead end.


Compiled by Rosanna Greenstreet

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