According to Simon Williams, founder of Fierce Panda records – which released Scarfo’s first single Skinny in 1995 – Hince has always cultivated an air of mystery, which may in future prove difficult given his high-profile girlfriend.“Jamie was just a nice bloke, a very sweet little artistic person,” says Williams.
The story goes that Mosshart was staying in the flat below Hince’s in north London when she heard him playing the guitar.
She liked it, they eventually met, realised they had shared obsessions with the doomed Andy Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick and the Velvet Underground, and a band was formed.
“But he was always an enigma wrapped up in a ball of wool.
The more distorted the picture of who he was, the more rock ’n’ roll it was.” After Scarfo, Hince continued to plug away with his music and eventually he formed the Kills with Florida-born Mosshart.
Then there is Hince’s new-found celebrity status, about which he is deeply uncomfortable.
“It’s pretty insane the way gossip is such an incredible thing now,” he said recently.But things have not been plain sailing for the band since Moss came on the scene.Mosshart is said to have voiced concerns over the model and has made it clear she is not about to let Moss muscle in on their music-making in the way she did with Doherty, when the supermodel would regularly sing with him at gigs.“A really brilliant way for a kid to grow up,” he once said, not without a heavy dose of irony.“You’ve got the hunting and horse-racing sets on the one side, and Andover is just a squaddie town.A woman who, thus far, has eschewed the idea of settling down…