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29 October 2014
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What would you have done differently if you could relive your career?
Steve: I wouldn’t have picked up the cheques for the dinners, drinks and parties for all the liggers and hangers on around me. When my troubles started they all disappeared pretty quickly! My mum said: "Steve why do you pay for all these people. They won’t be around when the money runs out." And she was right. I have about three good friends that have stuck by me though.

Did you hate ‘80s rivals like Spandau and Duran?
Steve: There was an on stage rivalry but off-stage we were all mates and usually partying round at my house. I’m still very friendly with Gary and Martin Kemp from the band. It’s sad that the court case happened. They were life long friends. I had my run-ins with Boy George but we have a love/hate relationship now.

Have you been to see Taboo? (Boy George’s stage play about the ‘80s, cross-dressing, the Blitz scene, etc)
Steve: George told me that I was in it and invited me down to rehearsals. But I had a problem with the guy playing me. I told him: "Look, you’re playing me like a bitchy queen and I’m not like that." Then George got annoyed because he had to retrain the actor. But I respect George. I don’t have a grudge against anyone, well, except Marilyn. He is a nasty piece of work. I hear he’s writing his autobiography and is touting it to publishers.

He’s also got a new single coming out...
Steve: Oh, God. Has he?!

Thatcher and the Tories ruled the ‘80s. Did politics influence your music in any way?
Steve: Well, it was just the era of excess. It was the whole ‘greed is good’ thing. Looking back now it was a load of crap. It was pure stupidity. It was a bit like being on a sinking ship and not realising it.

So where did all the money go and were you earning a lot?
Steve: I wasted it on liggers, parties and picking up the cheques for everything. There was a lot of money coming in through the Camden Palace (which Steve ran together with pal and DJ Rusty Egan) and the band but I spent all of it. I can’t cry about it though. I got to see the world and educate myself and I can still do that. Other people are my education. As long as I’m around creative people, I’m fine.

  Simply Red  
  "That's a bit supermarket, isn't it. I'm not making that many bottles. "  
  Robin Gibb  
  "There's been great moments both as a songwriter and as a performer."  
  Paul Roberts - The Stranglers  
  "We certainly weren't going to call ourselves The Bay City Rollers."  
  Lisa Stansfield  
  "I just thought, how many times do I have to sing this song?"  
  Soft Cell  
  "I think it's the only time that a banjo's been played in the Ministry of Sound."  
  "Agnetha said she liked it. If I met them I would curtsey."  
  "We really surprised lots of people by simply hanging in there."  
  Kim Wilde  
  "I used to be really jealous of Claire Grogan...I thought she was gorgeous."  
  "Failure was not an option, we were materialistic and greed was good."  
  Human League  
  "We did a US tour with Culture Club and Howard Jones...solely for the cash."  
  Altered Images  
  "Women were treated as a bit of a novelty in the music business in 1981."  
  Belle Stars  
  "The pop music lark just seems like a lifetime away now."  
  Steve Strange  
  "Look, you’re playing me like a bitchy queen and I’m not like that."  
  Five Star  
  "We all grew up wanting to be famous and we lived our dream..."  
  Phillip from Ruby Flipper  
  "At my age, I'd find it difficult to get my legs where they used to go..."  
  Glen Campbell  
  "I got to work with literally everyone in the business; Nat King Cole, Sinatra..."  
  David Gray  
  "Lots of tension in the camp. We're battling Gareth Gates for the No.1 spot"  
  Robert Palmer  
  "There's this homegenised force feeding of what is hip."  
  "I think George manipulated our relationship for publicity"  
  Tom Jones  
  "I'm pulling all my old jewellery out now and comparing my rings with Wyclef"  
  Ruth From Pan's People  
  "I could show you dozens of times I forgot the moves..."  
  Badly Drawn Boy  
  "Everybody has to do what everybody else does in order to have a hit single"  
  John Otway  
  "I think the music business is probably not happy with what we've done..."  
  Jimmy Cliff  
  "I look at someone like Ms Dynamite, I come away with a positive feeling."  
  Human League  
  "We wouldn't trust anyone that didn't wear eyeliner."  
  Status Quo  
  "I probably went about four or five years with a pair of stage jeans"  
  Gary Numan  
  "There are so many things in my past that you could make fun of."  
  McAlmont and Butler  
  "We were big enough to get over any-thing that may have been exchanged."  
  Primal Scream  
  "The producer at the time told us we'd never work again."  
  "I prefer miming, I prefer if we weren’t playing live."  

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