Name: Mark Hughes.

Band or Geoff Mann connection: Photographer, provider of floor space, and general hanger-on.

Can you remember your first meeting with Geoff (where and when)? The communal TN house in Romany Close, Reading. Year would have been May 1982 when I should have been revising for my A levels. Can even remember his first words to me… “Hello, would you like a peanut butter sandwich?” I did, it was nice (although he later accused me of pinching his lunch that day!).

First impression? Tall.

Favourite GM related track: Apathetic and here, I…

Favourite GM related album: Live and Let Live, if only for the memories.

Memorable GM gig? Marquee 5 November 1983, his last TN show.

What sort of music were you listening to then? Stuff with far too many notes per bar.

Did you have any nickname(s)? yes, but any revelations will result in legal action.

What was your favourite album of the time? Fact and Fiction.

What is your favourite albums now? The Seventh House (IQ).

Current musical status/projects: er……writing a book about IQ.

What were you like at school? Bit of a swot, probably overbearing but a darn good rugby player.

What is your most treasured possession? A wooden necklace/cross thingie made for me by my first love back in 1982.

Pick five words to describe yourself: idiosyncratic, bald, stay-at-home.

What’s in your pockets right now? Some shrapnel (loose change), office security pass, wallet, credit card and a pocket watch (which, in the modern way of jeans, doesn’t fit in the watch pocket!).

What was the last gig you went to? Barenaked Ladies/Stephen Duffy at Manchester Apollo.

What was the last record you bought? Six Caravan remasters (what an old hippy eh?!).

Any embarrassing on-stage moments? Being pulled on stage by Pete Nicholls at an IQ gig in Coventry and being told to either sing and look stupid or just look stupid. Naturally, I looked very stupid!

Happiness is? You’re right, it probably is.

Anything else you want to mention? I once saw “The Godstars”.


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