Ex-lead singer and songwriter of Inspiral Carpets. Originally from Abingdon in Oxford, he moved to Manchester in 1984 and formed the band ‘Too Much Texas’ and worked collecting glasses at The Hacienda. Joined Inspiral Carpets in 1989 and gave Noel Gallagher his first job (no Inspirals, no Oasis – simple as that!). Left in 1995 after 20 top 40 hits to start solo career. Formed The Lovers in 2001.