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Valentine’s POPsessions: Biffy Clyro’s James Johnston Is Ready to Go-Go

Lyndsey Parker
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James Johnston (above right), bassist for beloved Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro, is a happily married man, but that doesn't mean he doesn't harbor a few musical crushes. From Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go's to Bjork to Annie Lennox, he definitely has great taste when it comes to women in rock.

Actually, James has great musical taste in general. Check out all of his answers to our Valentine's Day-themed "POPsessions" Q&A, and learned all about the pop culture he loves.

Who was your first musical crush?
Stretching my memory back that far is a challenge, but I'd have to say Belinda Carlisle, which funnily enough I believe her to be [Biffy Clyro singer] Simon [Neil]'s first crush as well. We both have good taste.

What is the best makeout song of all time?
For me it has to be the entire Bjork album "Vespertine." The moods and sounds on the record are just so tender and intimate, and it's a record that my wife and I have enjoyed many times in the past.

What's the best breakup song ever?
Elliott Smith, "Somebody I Used to Know." It's funny how somebody can have such a huge and important role in your life and then eventually they just become part of your past. At the time of a breakup, it's almost impossible to believe this will ever happen, but time does heal most wounds.

What song would you want playing during your first wedding dance (OR, if you’re married, what song did you dance to)?
Having just been married, this should be an easy one, but we tried to avoid the whole first-dance scenario. I don't feel that comfortable dancing in front of a room full of people, but we're kind of pushed on to the dance floor and the song was "I've Had the Time of My Life." And in case you're wondering, it was nothing like "Dirty Dancing."

What love song makes you cry?
All songs make me cry, but one that's sure to do it is "Something" by the Beatles. It's George Harrison's best song, in my opinion, and really shows how much he loved his wife.

Who is your favorite romantic singer?
Perhaps an obvious choice, but the Reverend Al Green has the most romantic voice and delivery I can think of. He's like listening to running honey.

What is your fave music to listen to on a lonely Valentine's Day?
"Here Comes the Rain Again" by the Eurythmics always makes me feel pretty detached from home, and that can be the loneliest thing about Valentine's Day, not being able to see your significant other.

What's the sexiest music video of all time?
The sexiest music video of all time has to be Prince, "Little Red Corvette." His moves just defy logic, and any man that can do the splits on command...

Who's the coolest couple in music?
There is no such thing these days because of the way celebrity culture has ruined the mystery, but in my mind James Taylor and Carole King were a pretty cool couple.

What's the most romantic moment in movie history?
When Richard Gere takes the liberty of ordering everything on the menu for Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman"...

What is the most romantic city to visit?
For me, it's hard to see beyond Paris. I don't need to list the reasons why, do I? I just know I've had some pretty romantic experiences there.

Flowers or chocolates?
Edible flowers…

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