Quicker to tidy a hotel room than trash it, the Manic Street Preachers' lyricist, bassist and fan of Dyson vacuum cleaners is like a housewife from the Welsh valleys trapped in the body of a rock star.
Least rock 'n' roll moment:
Delaying a gig in Swansea in April this year so he could accept an Honorary Fellowship from Swansea University. A grinning Wire was then photographed wearing a mortar board.
"I could never write, 'I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo'. I could write, 'I'm a cricketer, I'm boring, I'm a gardener, I'm a Hoovering housewife'."