The Manic Street Preachers bassist on poetry and politics
FELT: GOLD MINE TRASH
"I've been addicted to it for the past few weeks. Primitive Painters is one of my favourite songs of all time. I feel like I'm returning to being a 15-year-old at the moment. I loved them when I was young, and I've always loved Lawrence (Hayward]. One of the true originals of British music."
"Series 2 was a complete masterpiece. but Series 4 has come close to it. They are complete masters of their craft. And they're so prolific as well. It's very rare now you get a TV show that you look forward to every year. 'Bernie Clifton's Dressing Room' was Peking phenomenal. There was a real pathos and sadness to it. It made me feel my age because I got all the references."
"I've always thought TV was the higher artform, but I really liked Robin Williams' last film. It's a quiet, slow-burning unravelling of domesticity. His character's homosexuality comes out throughout the film. Even though he and his wife have been sort of happy, he really questions himself. It follows how he fails in love by mistake for the first time with another man. The ending is quite uplifting in that he finally finds himself. It's a very troubled film. I think it was his last part. I enjoyed it because there's lots of dialogue and no car chases or guns. It has a lovely ambience."
THE WEEK IN WESTMINSTER
"It's incredibly Pained, as a rule. It's stimulating, it's educating, but it is entertaining as well. Radio 4 is one of the best ways to ingest politics."
COLLECTED POEMS OF PHILIP LARKIN
"If I'm ever short of words, I turn to this. I only really read poetry. I hate fiction and I'm bored with biography. So I tend to go back to my core loves, which usually means Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Jennings and Larkin. I'm in a sad place at the moment. I get a lot of inspiration from Aubade"
THE ART OF JAPANESE LIFE
"I highly recommend it. If you want an insight into Japan, this is the one."