Badly Drawn Boy, a.k.a. Damon Gough, joined Ray in studio on The Ray Darcy Show to play some songs.
Gough has been taking stock. He told Ray about raising a new baby (5-month-old Reuben, who was listening online) and the changes he has noticed since he had his first child, 16 years ago:
"I didn’t have a mobile phone back then. And now everybody’s got one. I remember – I played in Belfast last night, The Limelight – and 16 years ago when I played there I had a photograph in my wallet of my daughter which I passed around the audience because I was missing her and last night, the photograph was in my phone in my pocket…and I wasn’t prepared to pass the phone around!"
It’s not just technology Gough thinks has changed dramatically. He told Ray he thinks we’re "right in the eye of the storm" when it comes to political and social events. Brexit is a particular worry. But he is determined to find the positive:
"You can’t live your life in fear, you’ve got to do your best to change, even if it’s just what is immediately in front of you…There’s a lot going on in the world at the minute that I don’t agree with, you know, whether we’re in Europe, out of Europe, it’s all a big mess…I think the world’s just such a hard place but it’s still full of beautiful stuff and wonderment as well. So, I remain hopeful."
Badly Drawn Boy performed The Shining from his 2000 album, The Hour of Bewilderbeast and A Minor Incident from the soundtrack to the film, About a Boy. Watch the interview in full above.