David Scott The Exclaim! Questionnaire

David Scott The Exclaim! Questionnaire
David Scott's latest album is "Sex Machine" (Haute Couture). He hails from London, UK but can now be found at www.zupton.com.

Current fixations:

Re-runs of "The Six Million Dollar Man," a web animation piece called Golden Shower (see it at www.goldenshower.gs ), Air's 10,000 Hz Legend album cover.

Mind-altering work of art:

Cher's "Believe" video.

Most memorable or inspirational gig:

Towards Nothing, a band from home back in the ‘70s. My first encounter with truly experimental art, the opening of a new world!

What has been your career high and low?

High: my farewell show in London in 1993.

Low: my retirement right after that same show.

What should everyone shut up about?

War, money, religion, clones.

I would drop everything to play a benefit for:

Tibet. The Dalai Lama and I have shared many interesting conversations about the nature of life, love and extra-terrestrial intelligence. Also, anything involving Zupton (the graphic team I work with).

What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?

Like: Too hard to name just one (laughs).

Dislike: I'm egocentric.

What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?

Yes. I have been deeply hurt more than once when women with whom I had what I thought were meaningful relationships have sold their story to the media. Love can be hard when you are famous.

When I think of Canada I think:

Montreal, ville nouvelle...

What is your vital daily ritual?

At home: Check the SETI (search for extra-terrestrial intelligence) analyses on my computer. In America: See what's the next item up for bid on The Price is Right.

How do you spoil yourself?

Candles, a bath, nice company.

What was your most memorable day job?

I never really had a day job but I did tour across the UK with my dad Kregg Scott, a pretty well known accordion player. I'm trying to get him to record New Wave classics on the accordion. He is huge in England for his album Squeezebox Serenades For Lovers.

If I wasn't playing music I would be:

A model for men's underwear catalogues. In the early days before Gary [Numan] started working with me and back when everyone in the industry thought I was crazy for playing electronic music, I did some modeling to make ends meet. I suddenly became very popular with the ladies and my career just grew bigger and bigger and finally exploded after one particularly risqué shoot in the late ‘70s involving very brief briefs.

What is your greatest fear?

Spontaneous combustion.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Seeing through women's clothes.

What makes you want to take it off and get it on?

The fascination I can exert on other people can totally turn me on physically and artistically. I love to seduce women and make them happy.

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?

For me there's no difference, for both you have to release and let go to become an instrument of creativity. Like magic. Both are constantly lodged in my head, they're the basis of my life.

Strangest brush with celebrity:

When Rod Stewart snubbed me after one of his girlfriends grabbed my buns.

Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?

Neil Armstrong and…what's the name of that other astronaut who talks about seeing weird things in space...does a lot of guest slots on sitcoms? Anyway, I'd serve dehydrated gourmet food from one of New York's best restaurants with which I like to keep the cupboards at my private retreat well stocked. Or Jane Fonda as Barbarella, I'd serve her my body wrapped up in love.

What does your mom wish you were doing instead?

Probably an astronaut or something to do with astrophysics.