Interview: Barry Gordon, musician

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Date of birth: February 22, 1977, born at exactly 1.35pm – oddly enough, the same time I usually wake up, too.

Date of birth: February 22, 1977, born at exactly 1.35pm – oddly enough, the same time I usually wake up, too.

Occupation: Evening News music reviewer turned musician.

What sort of school pupil were you? Easily distracted. What was the question again?

Were your school days the best days of your life? They were certainly the most nerve-wracking and frustrating, that’s for sure.

What was your first job? Putting skins on sausages in my dad’s butcher shop.

What has been your most unusual job? Taking electricity meter readings from high-rise tenement-block households. No-one wants to entertain a meter reader at the best of times, let alone a 19-year-old ginger one wearing a uniform two sizes too big for him.

My biggest achievement so far has been . . . Gaining the respect of my musical heroes Little Feat and The Average White Band.

My worst moment ever was . . . Breaking my wrist aged eight after falling from the monkey bars in a playpark was a bit of a bummer.

Three words that sum up my personality are . . . Complex, considerate, creative.

Favourite place in the world? The Farafra Depression, aka The White Desert, in Egypt. No words can explain how other worldly and magical this place is.

Three places in Edinburgh I could not live without are . . . My flat, Hannam’s Restaurant for the shisha, the King’s Theatre to escape.

Who is your best friend? All my friends are special in their own way.

Which TV show do you never miss? Reporting Scotland.

Name one item you not live without? Flannelette bed sheets.

By what ethos do you live your life? To be a better human being.