Saturday 15 December 2018

The loves of my life: Fun Lovin' Criminal Huey Morgan


Huey Morgan
Huey Morgan

The Fun Lovin' Criminal chats to Chloe Brennan about his favourite people, places and things.

The person

My wife; she's given me so much. She's given me a family and two beautiful children. I think, before I met her, I was practising for her. I was trying to round off all the sharp corners of my personality. As much as it may sound kinda cliched, I choose my wife.

The memory

Right before we got our record deal, we were playing a show at the Limelight [Club in New York]. When we finished, this guy came into the dressing room. I remember thinking, 'Who the fuck is this guy?' He didn't look like anyone we would want to hang out with. He had a sweater tied around his shoulders and he hands me a business card. I look down and it says 'Davitt Sigerson, President and CEO of EMI Records'. I looked back up at him and he asked, 'Do you want to make a record?'

The moment of the day

Bath time! I have a boy who is almost seven and a girl who's almost three, and I feel like that's the time we can really have a great time. I find that time of the day really settling and beautiful.

The song

It definitely has to be A Kiss to Build a Dream On by Louis Armstrong. Well, it's between that and Somewhere from West Side Story.

The hero

There are people I admire, but the word 'hero' sort of lends itself to something that changes the way we live and breathe, and that could be someone like Muhammad Ali or Martin Luther King Jr. I think for me, it's Muhammad Ali, because he let me see the humanity in a lot of things I didn't see humanity in beforehand. Growing up in New York, it wasn't a race or colour or religious thing. It was more of a situational thing, a generational thing, and I got it from Muhammad Ali. He explained it where I could understand it; he opened my borders up.

The accessory

I've had the same Rolex GMT II for 20 years, and it's on my wrist every day. No matter what I'm doing, or where I'm at, it's always with me. I bought it way before I had kids, because when you have kids, you can't go buying Rolexes.

The piece of advice

'If you can't eat it, don't fuck it.' I know that sounds crazy, but I'm going to try explain it. If you can't put that thing into your mouth, don't mess around with it. If you can't kiss it, why are you even messing with it in your life? It's the best piece of advice I've got in life.

The drink

The guys in the band have a nickname for me, it's Remy Martin. Remy Martin [cognac] is my drink of choice. Before we play, I always have a couple of Remys, but it's not the kind of drink you can carry on drinking after a show. I'm not a serious boozer, so I'll only have, like, two.

The bar

The bar is in my man cave. I have this amazing cabinet bar that my wife got me for my 40th from the Savoy hotel in London. It's a beautiful walnut cabinet bar. Anybody who knows me, knows that that is the bar.

The friend

My guy King [fellow band member in Huey and the New Yorkers]. He's my best friend and godfather to my babies.

The celebrity

Ricky Gervais is one of the most gracious men I've ever met. Aside from being one of the funniest guys out there, he went out of his way to be kind and nice to me. I was starting my podcast - Huey: Off The Record - and I was going through my phonebook looking for someone to bring on. They were mid-level celebrities, mid-level rockstar people. The guy who was the least problematic to nail down and have a chat with was Ricky. He was so accommodating, and seeing as I know how busy some of these people can be, he was just so nice and gracious. You can hear it in the podcast, he is genuinely a nice guy.

The taste

I do all the cooking in my house. When my wife was pregnant with my son, the last thing she needed to be doing was cooking. I can't really be pregnant for her, so I figured I'd become the chef. I have a couple of friends who are really good at that, and they taught me the basics, really. The taste is: I make one hell of a bolognese.

The smell

Garlic and olive oil in the pan. That's the beginning of anything good.

The holiday

Capri, Italy. My wife and I have been going to Capri for years. We love it there.

The book

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.

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