“Cash in the Attic” Is Great Drug Viewing, Says Keane Lead Singer

Tom Chaplin, lead singer of Keane, finally talks about the nightmare that led to his stint in rehab. He confesses to suicidal thoughts, having to move back in with his parents, and depressed days watching telly, including shows like the BBC AMERICA fave, Cash in the Attic:

“My bandmate Tim [Rice-Oxley] would come to my house and I’d refuse to answer the door. I was spending a lot of time at home crying in front of Cash in the Attic. I felt really depressed. I was taking a lot of drugs and drinking.”

Well, I know one thing: nothing – doors, cell phones, fire alarms – comes between me and my Alistair Appleton “tissue” time, so in that respect, Tom isn’t unusual. One wonders if the CITA experience is significantly altered after doing a mountain of blow….kind of gives the phrase “sniffing out treasures” a whole new meaning.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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