Digsy talks George Formby, family and the toffee’s

Digsy recently got together with Liverpool Echo’s Jade Wright.

(Courtesy of The Echo)

OUT of the ashes of the band Smaller rose The Sums, with a stronger arrangement and a renewed swagger.

Based in Liverpool, Smaller were a part of the UK Brit pop scene who smashed into the indie top 10 with classic singles taken from album Badly Badly – Stray Dogs and Bin Bags, God I Hate This Town and Is (with Noel Gallagher on guitar). They toured with The Stereophonics, Catatonia, Paul Weller and Oasis.

Singer/song writer Peter Digsy Deary’s friendship with the Gallaghers is well documented. They’ve jammed together, written together and Noel immortalised him with the song Digsy’s Dinner on Definitely Maybe. He’s also mentioned in the title track of the Oasis album Be Here Now in the lyric “Your s**t jokes remind me of Digsy’s.”

But Digsy and Chris Mullin decided to end Smaller and take a new avenue of creativity and formed The Sums

This autumn, they launch their debut album, If Only, with a gig at The Zanzibar on October 29. I caught up with Digsy this week to find out more…

Which song is stuck in your head today?

I Need a Dollar Dollar – don’t know who sings it (Aloe Blacc, just in case you’re wondering).

What’s on your iPod today?

Whats on my gramophone you mean? Gorilaz Stylo.

What was the first album you bought?

Hank Williams Last Night I Heard You Crying in Your Sleep

Which musician do you most admire, and why?

George Formby. Its his attention to sexual innuendo well ahead of his time

What are your three favourite albums of all time?

Abbey Road by The Beatles, Fear of a Black Planet by Public Enemy and Badly Badly by Smaller

Have you ever been told you look like anyone famous?

Steptoe

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Who Cares by The Sums

What was your most embarrassing moment?

Throwing my cardy into the audience at the Hillsborough concert at Anfield and the security passing it back to me as I was walking off stage.

What is your most treasured possession?

My family

Coffee or tea?

Lager

Liverpool or Everton?

Come on you toffees

Close your eyes. If I was your fairy godmother, what would your three wishes be

That more people would take notice of my band, that my kids were better looking and Jeremy Kyle dies