The English singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole came to fame in the 1980s with his band The Commotions, releasing a string of catchy, crafted hits like Perfect Skin, Rattlesnakes and Lost Weekend.
Since the Commotions split up in 1989 he’s been touring the world as a solo musician. He’s also moved to the US, embraced family life, and become far fonder of synthesisers.
And he’s delicately damning about his own success, and some of his pop peers. He arrives in New Zealand in November to play six concerts on the From Rattlesnakes to Guesswork tour.