English musician and writer best known for being the bassist of Blur. He has also played with the bands WigWam and Bad Lieutenant.
He studied French at Goldsmiths College, where he met the future members of Blur.
He ventured into journalism and also had a successful foray into artisan cheesemaking.
He married Claire Neate in 2003, and they had five children.
He has written songs for Marianne Faithfull.