Keeping it real: Fred Macpherson
We find out how down-to-earth the Spector frontman really is
Frontman Fred is the son of top-ranking civil servant Sir Nicholas Macpherson. But is this suited-and-booted Dalstonite more pleb than celeb? Danielle Goldstein finds out.
What’s the best thing you’ve been given for free?
‘A scarf made of three dead foxes. That might upset the Peta members who are reading.’
You could escape them by bus – how much is a single journey?
‘On Oyster it’s £1.30. Is that close?’
‘Oh, I didn’t know it’d gone up. Honestly, I’d like to go around on a log flume. Or maybe a gondola like Casanova. Log by day, gondola by night, preferably wearing a cloak and dead animals.’
Where does the catchphrase ‘No likey, no lighty’ come from?
‘“Take Me Out”, and I know this because I was in Nottingham on Saturday and in the lift of the Jury’s Inn hotel I met four girls who’d all been on “Take Me Out”. I told them I’d been on and that everyone turned their light off and they believed me.’
Full fat milk has what colour top?
‘It used to be gold on glass bottles and now on plastic it’s blue. Milk’s my favourite liquid. I prefer it to water. I’d like to have gills that breathe milk. Only because I was breastfed until I was 14.’
How much is a first class stamp?
‘I’m going to guess 60p.’
‘Is it? Amazing. I spend a lot of time in the post office receiving suspect packages, so I’ve probably seen a commemorative Coldplay stamp out of the corner of my eye.’
Where is your nearest Lidl?
‘Well Street [in Hackney]. I like to buy the knocked-down spirits like Rachmaninoff vodka.’
What’s your spending limit on a meal out?
‘There is no limit, like 2 Unlimited. I’m into restaurants, but more for the culture. Imagine Sinatra eating crostini and getting wasted and getting in a fight with a couple of locals. If I could, I’d live in a hotel casino and just eat there.’