Soft Metal?
[TOTP - July 2000 ISSUE 65]

Five - rock star rogues or soft-centred sweeties?


When was the last time you helped an old lady across the street?
J: A month ago, Sean and I were driving and there was this woman with a flat tyre who was having trouble with her jack. So we pulled over and changed her tyre for her.

Have you ever been a guardian angel and saved someone's life?
J: I've never actually been in that position, but I think I'd cope quite well. I used to do first aid when I was younger and hopefully in a crisis it would all come flooding back.
Sean: Can't say that I'd be fast enough to help in an emergency.
Scott: I wouldn't know if I've saved any lives, but if any of my friends are drinking, I'll always take their car keys from them.
Abs: If there was an explosion here right now, and we got trapped, I could be the hero. I'd be, like, "Everyone follow me," and I'd take you all out the window and get you down to safety.

Have you ever done charity work?
Scott: We did a fundraiser for the firemen.
J: I always put money in those loose-change envelopes they hand out on flights. With all the travelling we do we've always got all kinds of currency on us.
Sean: I'd love to do it but we haven't got time. I put money in charity boxes in the street and in those envelope things you get on the plane.
Rich: I supplied quotes for the NSPCC's Full Stop campaign.
Abs: I donate money to Oxfam to help people in Africa and I'd like to help the NSPCC.

Are there any cause you believe in and support?
Sean: I believe in all of them but particularly Cancer Research.
Rich: I support Greenpeace and I'd like to support the NSPCC and the NSPCA. Children and animals can't fend for themselves.
Scott: I'd support diabetes and Alzheimer's charities cos my Nan's got Alzheimer's.
Abs: I always buy the Big Issue and I usually give money to homeless people.

Were you in the Scouts?
Rich: I was and I got badges for knot-tying!
J: My mum and dad shelled out for the uniform so they weren't impressed when I only went for three weeks.
Abs: I only went for a week cos they didn't like me. It was the week we all went camping and I ended up sleeping in a tent on my own. Not because I was a smelly kid or anything, but because they wouldn't go into the woods - they were just really rubbish and boring.
Sean: I went to Cubs for a day and they told me it wasn't for me. They told my mum not to bring me back. I didn't even get a uniform!

Do you have a personal mantra?
Sean: Don't be two-faced. I can't be bothered with being two faced - life's too short!
Scott: Be nice to people on the way up cos you'll see them on the way down. Everyone comes down at some point.
Rich: I've got a few - like if someone asks you to listen to them, you should always listen.
Abs: I just basically believe in living each day as it comes and making the most of my time.
J: I'm not in any way, shape or form religious, but I do believe that everything happens for a reason. If I'd just sat on my arse and not made the effort, I wouldn't be where I am.

Do you believe in karma?
Abs: I definitely believe in karma. I could be driving and hit someone's wing mirror but just drive away, and then a couple of weeks later I'll be the one on the receiving end.
Scott: I think that if you lie maliciously, you'll always get found out in the end.
Rich: I think I'm the biggest hippy in pop and really believe in karma and stuff.
Sean: If you stole something, I think that one day you'd learn how it feels to have something stolen from you.

Are you still mummy's little soldier?
J: Definitely. I'm a mummy's and a daddy's boy. I'm always on the phone to them and if I'm going away, they'll both call me and ask me if I've done my washing.
Rich: I know I am! Mum's always fretting over me and I have to say, 'I'm a big boy now', and she says, 'Well, you've always been my baby!'
Abs: I don't think I was ever mummy's little soldier. She's always there for me, but at the same time she just lets me get on with my life.

You've got a hard image but what are your weaknesses?
Sean: I always feels sorry for people. I'd stick up for someone if they were getting upset.
Rich: I've got feelings and I'm not afraid to show them. I like deep conversations too.
Abs: Well, you know, kryptonite does it for me every time! [Laughs.] To be honest, not very much gets to me. I really don't like cruelty to animals - that upsets me.

What makes you good role models?
Sean: I suppose I'm quite a nice person. I think I'm a kind person.
Scott: I'm not a particularly goody-goody boy, but I'm not a bad person. I don't do drugs and I'm not malicious.
Rich: Firstly I'd say please don't look to me as a role model. Do as I say, not as I do! I'm not reliable and I wouldn't want the pressure.
Abs: It's hard for me to say really, but I'm just an all-round nice guy. Full stop. People tell me I'm generous, a good friend and very loyal.
J: I always wanted to be in a band and I'd tell my teachers and they'd say I should forget about it. But here I am. Hopefully kids can look at me and say, 'Well, if J can do it, then so can I!'

Hmmm, not the wild rockers we were expecting but...