Swings And Roundabouts - Frank Turner

Troubadour shares highs and lows
Born in Bahrain and schooled at Eton, hardcore rocker turned acoustic troubadour Frank Turner has been around a bit. Here he ’fesses up to the highs and lows.
Born in Bahrain and schooled at Eton, hardcore rocker turned acoustic troubadour Frank Turner has been around a bit. Here he ’fesses up to the highs and lows.

My most painful injury

“I cracked my kneecap onstage during a [his old hardcore band] Million Dead gig once. That fucking hurt.”

The biggest turning point

“Deciding that I was tired of playing in punk bands, and dusting down my old acoustic guitar, wondering if I could make a go of that instead.”

My best ever night out

“Going crazy with Fat Mike of NOFX in a porn dungeon in Los Angeles.”

My worst hangover

“The following day. And the day after that.”

My most memorable trip

“Touring in China was a remarkable experience. It was so very different from all the other roads I’ve travelled.”

The worst lie I ever told

“I don’t tell lies, I spin yarns, ha ha.”

The strangest situation

“I had to cook a meal onstage for a hundred Germans the other day. I cannot cook to save my life. No-one told me what was about to happen. It was a disaster. I made pasta with absinthe.”

The most disagreeable celebrity I ever met

“I’m loath to name names in public. There are some remarkable dickheads out there in my industry, but their oafishness is its own punishment.”

My most shameful moment

“I have shameful mornings pretty regularly actually. Waking up and remembering quite how deleteriously fucked up I was the night before, or even worse, not remembering... yikes.”

My biggest regret

“I’m not big on regrets. There are some decisions I might make differently these days, but they’ve all been part of me getting here, and here ain’t so bad.”

The single ‘If Ever I Stray’ is out now.

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