Solo CD The Great Western is out now, so we spoke - on the promise he didn't talk politics...
Our review said your album was "probably about trains". Is it?
No it's not, you piss-taking shit. It's vaguely about getting dragged back by your roots in later life. Not trains.
Why ditch your band-mates?
We sat around and decided we wouldn't be doing anything for a year. But when I've got nothing to do, I'm a dysfunctional prick, so I decided I better do this or drive myself mad.
Did the others cry when told?
No. Nick's doing an album too and Sean has taken up shooting stuff. We're meant to be these left-wing libertarians and we have a drummer who goes out shooting...
Is trueyour dad wanted to call you Clint Eastwood Bradfield?
The mad bastard did, but my mum wouldn't let him. He was a bit of a biker - he lost a lot of teeth through fighting. Clint was a real hero to him. James Dean was a compromise he reached with my mum. That was bad enough, but imagine growing up Clint fucking Eastwood! Life would be tough if you weren't a big, tall motherfucker - I'm short and Welsh.
Note: JDB still tried to squeeze the following political rants into our allotted 20 minutes...
The NHS, Fidel Castro, George Bush, the Welsh Assembly, the England/Wales divide, ASBOs, England's football team, England's football supporters, rugby politics, the Third World, the media, bias on Newsnight, Catholicism, religion's place in politics, the state school system,
class divide. And Tony Blair.