Q: What’s your relationship with Paul Weller?

Paul Howden asks, “Hi, I’m fascinated by your relationship with Paul Weller. I think I read once that you did the sleeve design for “In the City” before HC100, then there was the Style Council skit in the “Love All Day” video with the cycling and then some references to Jam songs in your solo career and a rumour about your mutual involvement in Boogie Box High and The Groovetrain (also with Steve White). You also seem to share a lot of influences but he never seems very kind about any of his contemporaries…so how is it??”

Nick replies, “Hi Paul. Looks like you have something in common with him too. Ha! I was nearly called Paul, too. For real!

I didn’t actually do the sleeve design for In The City. I was a junior at the art company who put the sleeves together for Fiction Records. I delivered some In The City artwork to Chris Parry, the Head of Fiction, who thought I’d come in to play him my demo. Something clicked when I told him I was just there to deliver artwork. I thought, I could bring in our band’s demo, couldn’t I?

The reason for all the Paul Weller connections is simply because I am a Jam fan. I’ve met Paul quite a few times now and he’s even lovelier and funnier in person than in print.

I’ve enjoyed all Paul’s different styles throughout his career too. He’s truly a great artist.

Les Nemes and I had the pleasure of playing with Steve White at Nomis Studios for a couple of days sometime in the late 80s. He showed us some of his martial arts moves and we were really impressed. You wouldn’t want to mess with Steve. Just like you wouldn’t want to mess with Graham Jones in Haircut either. These men can take you down with one swift move!

I shared the same publisher as Bruce Foxton, too. We had many a lovely chat and let’s face it, Down In The Tube Station At Midnight is definitely alongside Paul McCartney’s Silly Love Songs as the greatest pop bass line of all time. It’s the first thing I play when I pick up a bass in a music shop.

I haven’t met Rick… yet! But I keep bumping into Mark Brzezicki when he visits his mum. Totally unmistakeable because he drives enormous American classic cars. We’re all connected in some way, really…

All the Pauls, Bruces, Ricks, Marks, etc…

Q: Any plans on doing any US shows?

Q: Lorraine Poulin asks, “Any plans on doing any US shows?”

A: Nick replies, “Last year, I did a surprise appearance in Pasadena. It was a surprise to me as well, I didn’t know I was doing it until I got there!

No plans for doing any US shows at present. What’s on the website is what’s happening. Any plans to tour, will of course, be posted here. I’d really like to get something new out before doing any kind of touring.”

Q: Have you always been into photography?

Q: Dana Torrance from America asks, “have you always been into photography?”

A: Nick replies: “Always loved photography. I made songs so I could make sleeves so I could take photos and put titles on them. Nearly got my O Level in photography too.

I think it’s the cropping process I most enjoy in photography. I feel that photographs come alive when they have words put on them. So, can’t wait to use my photography for sleeves. All my photos are all album sleeve designs anyway as I see things through the eyes of a commercial artist. Which was my first job after leaving school in 1912. Hahaha!”

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