Former Girl and L. Guns singer Philip Lewis on not being posh, not holding a grudge and dating a Bond girl Shares Philip Lewis was playing a rock star called Snake Hips in a Rotterdam fringe theatre group when he met future Girl bandmate Gerry Laffy and decided to pursue the same role in real life.
Guns album, aptly titled The Missing Peace. Whereabouts in London were you born? I had quite a Dickensian childhood. How did being privately educated affect how you became? I was in boarding school from seven to sixteen. It was pretty isolating. Leaving school was pretty much the beginning of my life. Could you have pursued an acting career? The theatre group did ask me to stay on, but by that point music meant too much. Girl were signed to Jet Records by the notorious Don Arden.
At first, although we looked good, we were not a great band, but people were talking about us because I was spending time with [actress and future Bond girl] Britt Ekland.
Did you use arrogance as a marketing tool? Turning up at smelly pubs in a Roller? Of course we did. But the arrogance was a big show. In fact, with the exception of Phil Collen [who went on to join Def Leppard], we were fucking terrible. The whole thing was a huge bluff.
How did you feel when Girl finally broke up, in ? Girl was a poem, not an eight-part novel. Did that leave a sour taste? That was chickenshit of them. I had learned so much from Bernie but he was ready to fire me. Guns they so badly wanted to be Girl. Do you consider yourself to be English or American?
What can Philip Lewis do that nobody else can? Get away with murder. To get a vasectomy. Being in a band, you need the snip. Are you really reformed characters? Both of us are parents, and that changes people. Why hold a grudge for that long? Which actor would you like to portray you in a film of your life? Or maybe a young Gary Oldman. Do you believe in God? What will be written on your tombstone?