Each month we month we ask a recording artist to fill in our Getting To Know You questionnaire, because, sometimes, all this talk about music can get you down. Baxter Dury obliged for Loud And Quiet 62


42-year-old Baxter Dury is the son of Blockheads frontman Ian Dury, and a musician in his own right. This month, the West Londoner releases his fourth album, ‘It’s A Pleasure’, via a new deal with the PIAS label. We asked him to fill in our Getting To Know You questionnaire to prove that recording artists are people too

The best piece of advice you’ve been given

Run in a zigzag whilst being chased by an alligator. It somehow applies to lots of shit.

Your favourite word


Your pet-hate

Cats. They are disloyal bastards who would lick the sweat off your dead forehead.

If you could only eat one food forever, it would be

Meat porridge, which is a Dutch speciality.

The worst job you’ve had

English teacher in Barcelona a long time ago. I was ridiculed every moment I spoke.

The film you can quote the most of

Some Like It Hot. “I’m a girl, I’m a girl,” something like that.

Favourite place in the world

Chiswick, as it’s the only place I know.

Your style icon

Recently that’s been me.

The one song you wished you’d written

‘White Cliffs of Dover’

The most famous person you’ve met

Paul McCartney. He ooooh’d at me.

The thing you’d rescue from a burning building

I’m not going in.

The worst date you’ve been on

Hadlo McVitie. She was from a well known family. She locked me in her grandad’s E-Type Jaguar when I refused to accept her racism.

Your guilty pleasure

Fresh butter. I just want to rub it all over everything and everyone.

The worst birthday or Christmas present you’ve received

A pair of funk 45s without the spiders.

The characteristic you most like about yourself

My humour within tragedy.

Your hidden talent

Stretching the truth but making it feel that’s it’s acceptable.

Your favourite item of clothing

My communist shirt.

Your biggest disappointment

Not being in the first team at QPR. I could have made it but I had two left feet and three nipples.

The celebrity that pisses you off most even though you’ve never met them

David Dickinson. Week in/week out, he cons people out of their goods, the man’s a lunatic.

Your biggest fear

Being bitten on the toes by the unknown… or Eddie Murphy.

The best book in the world

Down And Out In Paris And London.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

Ben Kingsley.

What is success to you?

Kanye West’s BBQ.

What talent do you wish you had?

I wish I could sit in on an A&R meeting of my own album.

How do you want to die?

Brompton cocktail.

What is the most overrated thing in the world?

Mel & Sue.

What would you change about your physical appearance?

I’d create some symmetry.

What’s your biggest turn-off?


What would you tell your 15-year-old self?

What you lose on corners you gain on the straights.

Your best piece of advice for others

Relax your body when you fall.


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