Singer-songwriter with Soft Cell who has performed with numerous other groups and has recorded solo work for more than four decades.
Beginning his informal musical education by listening to John Peel on the radio, he later studied performance art at Southport College.
Rising to fame with Soft Cell, he released his debut solo album in 1984 and continued to release material hopping genres in the 1990s and 2000s.
Openly homosexual, has been with his partner for over twenty years.
Venturing into avant-garde territory in 2011, he released an album of spoken-word homoerotic poetry by Jean Cocteau and others, set to musical backing.