Art: Eric Bloom

Being managed by a science fiction writer must have given the band a head-start with lyrics.

You mean Sandy Pearlman? Sandy was more of a poet and a critic with sci-fi underpinning than an author. He wrote stanzas of poetry. There were manila envelopes of them lying around and because we all lived in one house, they were available to use as lyrics.

Have you read Game Of Thrones?

I bought the first volume because it had interesting blurb and was about a thousand pages long – I love a big, fat book.

Which are you favourite TV shows?

Do you get Vikings in Europe? It’s about the invasion of the British Isles. Another of my favourites is Antiques Roadshow. I’m serious! It covers art and TV, right there.

What was the last film you saw?

The new version of Godzilla. It reminded me of the old, original Japanese movies.

BÖC’s 1977 song of the same name should’ve been in the film, right?

Of course it should, even if it was over the end credits. That’s two Godzilla movies in a row now without it, which is a bit disappointing.

Dave Ling

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.