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Andrew Collins | Jon Holmes

Andrew Collins
ANDREW COLLINS
Former editor of Empire and Q magazine, Andrew recently won the Golden Rose of Montreux for co-writing the Lee Mack BBC One sitcom 'Not Going Out'. He is film editor of The Radio Times and he's written a trilogy of best-selling autobiographical books - 'Where Did It All Go Right?', 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now' and 'That's Me In The Corner'.

Find out more about Andrew on his website

ANDREW ANSWERS SOME PROBING QUESTIONS...

Q: What is your earliest memory of music?
A: Pinky and Perky. I presumed they'd written the Beatles songs.

Q: Which rock/pop star were you in love with when you were growing up?
A: Clare Grogan for quite some time, and two of Bananarama.

Q: Which pop/rock star inspired your fashion sense/hairstyle as a teenager?
A: As anyone who knows me will concur, Robert Smith of The Cure. Then I got into Morrissey and managed to combine both haircuts, back-combed on top and at the back, but at the same time fashioned into a quiff at the front. I looked a right cockerel. Somehow I still got girlfriends.

Q: What was the last physical tune you bought (ie a CD or vinyl)?
A: Tromatic Reflexxions by Von Sudenfed.

Q: What was the last tune you bought and downloaded?
A: 'Call Me' by Kings Of Leon, but I am about to download 'Chips Ahoy' by The Hold Steady if you can give me five minutes.

Q: What is the finest song lyric to come to mind?
A: "That was my favourite dress, you know" from 'Favourite Dress' by The Wedding Present, but it's all in the "oh" that singer Dave Gedge does afterwards. It breaks my heart every time.

Q: And the lyric that is the most banal/dire?
A: "And no religion too" from 'Imagine', which is a song I really like, but grammatically, it should be "no religion either". He's dead now, so there's no way we can make it right.

Q: Which music cover is better than the original?
A: 'All The Things She Said' by 'Cinerama. It just needed singing in a Yorkshire accent.

Q: What was your first impression of Jon that has been confirmed over the years of working together?
A: That he was a genius.

Q: Sum up Jon's record collection in four words.
A: Heavy metal, heavy metal.

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    Jon Holmes
    JON HOLMES
    Jon broadcasts weekly on 6 Music and is part of the performing and presenting team on Radio 4's weekly satirical programme The Now Show. Other recent writing credits include This Is Your Life starring Stephen Fry and Matt Lucas, and the forthcoming Listen Against, both for Radio 4. He has also written the book 'Status Quo and the Kangaroo and Other Rock Apocryphals'.

    Find out about Jon's 6 Music show
    Find out more about Jon on his website

    JON ANSWERS SOME PROBING QUESTIONS...

    Q: What is your earliest memory of music?
    A: As soon as I was born my parents hung a musical toy above my cot. It played 'Bomber' by Motorhead.

    Q: Which rock/pop star were you in love with when you were growing up?
    A: Vanessa Paradis. I am still in love with Vanessa Paradis, but when she was 14 and on Top Of The Pops wearing THAT top. Does that make me a bad person?

    Q: Which pop/rock star inspired your fashion sense/hairstyle as a teenager?
    A: Don Johnson and Jon Bon Jovi. I had the hair of one and the rolled up jacket sleeves and pastel T-shirts of the other.

    Q: What was the last physical tune you bought (ie a CD or vinyl)?
    A: 'Lost Highway' (Bon Jovi).

    Q: What was the last tune you bought and downloaded?
    A: None. I download everything illegal... I er... I mean it was 'Indier Than Thou' by The United Kingdom of America.

    Q: What is the finest song lyric to come to mind?
    A: "I'm Christ in shades / I'm a napalm God / Your lipstick flickers / Round my lightning rod." (Zodiac Mindwarp)

    Q: And the lyric that is the most banal/dire?
    A: That one where Lily Allen rhymes 'Al Fresco' with 'Tesco'!

    Q: Which music cover is better than the original?
    A: I recently saw Jon Bon Jovi do Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' live. I'm not sure it was better than Jeff Buckley's version but he certainly had shinier teeth.

    Q: What was your first impression of Andrew and has it been confirmed over the years of working together?
    A: I don't do impressions. Have you mixed me up with Jon Culshaw?

    Q: Sum up Andrew's record collection in four words.
    A: Free. Off. Front. Of. QMagazine. Oh, that's five.

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