I wanted to avoid something that was too tidy and polished, that sounded immaculate but dull. The rest of my life is immaculate but dull, but musically I like to be a bit more spontaneous.
Salford Sunday draws on my memories of the 60s, sometimes things just sit in the back of your head and niggle away for years so you have to write a song about them just to lay them to rest.
When I write I'm not that influenced by my surroundings. It sounds factitious to say but I can often write best about being miserable while lying on a beach somewhere, where I don't really have to do anything and my mind is not caught up in the present.