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Gary Kemp

Kemp performing in October 2009
Background information
Birth name Gary James Kemp
Born (1959-10-16) 16 October 1959 (age 57)
Smithfield, London, England, United Kingdom

pop rock
new wave
blue-eyed soul





Years active 1979–present

Sony BMG

Associated acts

Spandau Ballet
Virgin Radio

Website Official website
Original Site
Notable instruments
Fender Telecaster
Fender Stratocaster

Pop music should be about young people.
My instinct is to be very controlling.
Kevin Costner told me that 'True' was his and his wife's song. I'm not sure if that's a good thing because they split up soon after.
Gary Kemp
I've always thought that actors wanted to be pop musicians and pop musicians wanted to be actors.
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I've been through Hell with some of the members of my old band, and Hell is highly stressful.
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We were on the cover of Women's Wear Daily, which was hardly rock 'n' roll, but it pleased me.
Gary Kemp
I think sometimes my controlling instincts came out of a fear of other people.
Gary Kemp
I have a terrible fear of travel. Just before we go, I start to panic and tell my wife I don't want to go. It's ridiculous. But actually it's only when it's somewhere I've not been to before.
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We never had books at home, but my dad, seeing how keen I was to read, took me to Islington Library when I was about eight and we pulled out two – a Biggles and a science fiction novel. I never got the ace fighter pilot but fell in love with all things to do with the future and space. Isaac Asimov soon became my guiding star.
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The thought of going on tour with people like Toyah Wilcox is just appalling. I'm certainly not tempted.
Gary Kemp
It's always an honour doing anything for your country.
I keep my house tidy, because then I can think clearly. I feel the same about myself. Presenting yourself well is a working-class thing – my dad was a printer, but he wore a tie most days. The ungroomed look belongs more to the middle classes.
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Maybe I've got to admit that what I did here was enough. I can make some more films. Maybe I'll direct a film. Maybe I'll have my musical put on stage. But nothing, really, to be absolutely honest, competes with making a very successful pop band for 10 years of my life.
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I am a metrosexual and into male grooming - I moisturise, I exfoliate.
I'm an atheist. I don't 'believe' at all.
My brother Martin is two years younger than me. There has never been any competition between us – clearly he was the good-looking one; he was also very sporty, and I am not a football player.
Gary Kemp
Don't see the point in reading ghost-written autobiographies, even though some of these published lives may fascinate me. The 'ghost' is always present, manipulating an interview into first-person singular text, and it feels like I'm reading a lie.
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Punk was sort of an angry stance against things that had happened just before, against the pop of glam rock, against progressive rock. Music had become very staid and it was about the playing and people obsessed. Eric Clapton was God and we needed an enema within the art form, and punk did do that.
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Songwriting helps me sort out my personal problems. With acting, you're just a tool for someone's ideas.
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I love England. I don't really like places when they're too hot. It's my Celtic blood.
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I certainly wasn't a fan of Thatcher's politics. People liked to label us as children of Thatcher. What nonsense. The real children of Thatcher came in the 1990s, and had no interest in politics. The Oasis, Britpop scene.
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In the '80s the band was 24/7. You were only as good as what you were producing at any given moment. Now my family is more important. I also think having the shock of your mum and dad dying humbles you slightly.
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For 24 hours a day, for 10 years, all I thought about was being in a band. That's all I did. I had no other social life. I don't want my life to be like that now. I've spent the past 10 years having a real life as well. But Spandau Ballet is such a difficult shadow to outrun.
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I am a person who holds the aesthetic high. I have suits made in Savile Row.
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I think I tried to control situations within my first marriage and I wasn't the easiest person to live with.
Gary Kemp
Your life is the same wherever you go.
I think my younger self would be more amazed to know I was doing an interview for 'The Spectator.'
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My father had inklings of my cultural aspirations. He would take me to the library, things like that. But he wasn't one of those dads who had read George Orwell and was a member of the Communist party. We had no books at home.
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I detest that saying 'Everything happens for a reason'; it's nonsense.
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It's a shame because we experienced probably the greatest thing – in art, in pop – we'll ever do. And it would be good to sit around and talk about it.
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