FirstWord Kele Okereke

The sometime-frontman of Bloc Party has been doing alright off the back of solo album The Boxer. Just don’t criticise his guitar-playing . . .

First record you ever bought Elastica: Elastica. Take photos to remind yourself how good life can be.

First film you saw that really moved you The Sound of Music. Last time you were star struck I walked passed Missy Elliott in a hallway last week and I literally gagged.

Last lie you told I told a journalist that Bloc Party split up because I wanted to work with the guy that produced AQUA’s ‘Barbie Girl’. Last time you cried Yesterday, I watched a documentary about people living with disabilities and the abuse that they face. It was a total awakening.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work Catch up on all the trash TV that I’ve recorded. Last great meal you cooked I cooked a chicken curry last night; it was great.

Last extravagant purchase you made I bought a £300 pair of trainers a few months ago, I felt really bad about it as I really don’t need any more trainers.

Last book you read I just finished a collection of stories by Raymond Carver called Cathedral. First great piece of advice you were given

This fortnight on

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2 THE LIST 4–18 Nov 2010

First thing you’d do if you ran the country Bring back free milk in schools.

Last meal on earth what would it be I’m really into roasts at the moment; I would like a roast beef dinner to send me off.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Kate Bush. Last time you exploited your position to get something I do that all the time; it’s a perk of the job.

First time you realised you were famous When I got chased out of Bethnal Green tube station by a bunch of screaming school girls after ‘Banquet’ was released.

Last time someone criticised your work Yesterday the engineer in the studio told me that I could do a guitar take better. I told him he was fired.

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it Those trainers I mentioned earlier. First concert you ever attended The Cranberries at Wembley arena with my mum and my best friend at the time. I was, like, 12, I think.

prettier in the ground.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning What do I have to do today? Last thing you think of before you go to sleep What do I have to do tomorrow?

First three words your friends would use to describe you Generous but driven. Last time you bought someone flowers I’ve never done it; I think plants are

Kele, The Arches, Glasgow, Tue 16 Nov.

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of Roger Sterling’s memoirs which some cynical publisher is bringing out just in time for Christmas.

If all these hyper-cultural cyber delights are leaving you woefully out of touch with your wholesome, childish side, may we suggest a bit of leaf pressing. There are some lovely leaves fluttering

Now, throw anything Mad Men-related at us, and we’ll probably like it. For example, take this inspired Mr Men rendering of the scandalously stylish TV series (, in which ‘Mr Sterling Gets Angry.’) We’d chose this any day over the actual book

down from our trees this time of year, and you can get hold of a snazzy press from online toy shop HoneyBee Toys for under a fiver.

It’ll be next year’s crochet, we promise.