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Although I say I like pop music and I love rock and roll, I've never been in the commercial world, never swam in the business end of it.
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Anybody who thinks pop music's easy should try to make a pop single and find out that it isn't.
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Being big and famous doesn't get you more freedom, it gets you less.
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Even if you're specific about the character of the song, it's more exciting to place them, juxtapose them in such a way as to make an adventure out of the sequence of the songs.
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Everything I do is totally personal. I don't really have a lot of control over what I write when I'm writing it.
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I always have to work something through my system until it's absolutely in my own dialect and it's comfortable to me.
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I don't do live things.
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I don't feel that I'm very adaptable, that I particularly go with the flow of new ideas. I just don't feel I've mined my own scene properly and fully yet.
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I don't find the business easy. The moment you start talking about the business, you start sounding like someone in Spinal Tap.
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I don't know how many thoughts we have a second, but it's quite an amazing number, and just to pin down the appropriate sequence of those, all you really need is a pencil and a piece of paper.
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I enjoyed the opportunity to record Moon In June, and to get that onto tape. The first 10 minutes of that I played myself. I had a chance to sort of double-track instruments.
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I find it hard to take rock groups very seriously or treat them with respect. There is something absurd about these gloomy young men getting together and banging away.
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I find writing songs hard, because it does not come naturally to me. I never set out to be a songwriter or a singer.
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I get nearer and nearer towards happiness, or a feeling of being relaxed and free, when I can lose myself in my environment.
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I have a fantastic admiration for really good pop musicians, just straight commercial pop musicians with no hip associations of rock at all.
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I have never felt in tune with the whole rock industry.
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I have no happy memories of that band at all now, because of the humiliation of being thrown out at the end of it. I never quite got my confidence back from that.
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I know people who grow old and bitter. I want to keep making a fresh start. I don't want them to defeat me. That would be suicidal.
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I only choose musicians who I think will emerge, can emerge, with their own character, while still going along with the tune in question.
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I play music a lot but on my own mostly, so it was nice to be around other people. There was a certain sense a relief in the physical act of just playing and being with other musicians.
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I prefer the mystic clouds of nostalgia to the real thing, to be honest.
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I really liked them, not just Syd, but all of them. Roger was very important, I thought, his contribution. And so was Rick's organ playing. It was a good band. It became something else completely, obviously.
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I think that pop, and to some extent rock, are like sport and fashion industry in that they're about the exuberance of youth. That's the sort of subliminal ideology.
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I think the people who did well, or are happy, in a youth industry, they define themselves out of the business after a decade or so.
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I was very influenced by painters and artists, more than musicians, when I was a teenager.
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I would like to think that the singer is the butterfly, and the drummer was just the little grub in the ground, working to become a caterpillar.
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I'm grateful that people one-half or one-third my age are listening because if you look at magazines, you get the impression that people are locked into their own age groups.
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I'm just a very primitive, infantile folk singer.
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I'm not full of malice, but I do dislike Neil Diamond a lot, and I'm sorry that I've done a Neil Diamond song.
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I'm not, by nature, a collaborator. My biggest influences were people like painters and poets. These are solitary workers.
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I'm quite limited in what I can do, so sometimes I just have to say no, not because I don't like it, but because I just don't think I can do justice to the idea of the song.
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I've always liked pop music. There was a bit of a misunderstanding with the avant-garde rock scene, because I think I was sort of swimming the wrong way, really.
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I've never been any kind of patriot, including not a cultural patriot. So I have no problem with new immigrants bringing new ideas. I'm happy about that.
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I've reduced the amount I do, rather than increase it.
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If you've never felt that you quite got a hold of it, you just feel that before you die, you've got to try and get it right once. And hope that the experience you have makes up for the some of the diminishing energy.
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In the past, so many of my records, really, have been sketches for records that never really got made.
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In theory, I'd like to work in a group. But the group I'd like to work in, all the musicians in them are long since dead.
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It doesn't really matter what era I'm in. Because I haven't ever really felt quite in an era, I don't feel out of one.
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It just doesn't mean anything to me, the high-profile, big money side of things. I just want enough to live on, and to be able to get on with what I do, and hang around my friends.
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It was physically difficult, adjusting to wheelchair life, but I remember a great relief and happiness that I was finally getting somewhere, finding musicians to work with that were sympathetic.
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It's been very good for me to have been asked on various things, but in the end it surprises me. I just try and do the things that people ask me to do. It's nice, in a way. I don't have the responsibility for the final thing.
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It's sort of hard to do originals when you can't even play properly.
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Love is blind. My politics has been, too. I think you can fall in love with ideas, and you can fall in love with people. It's a very subjective experience. And I'm loyal to that experience.
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Maybe people really feel they had their moment. I don't think they're any the worse for that.
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My heroes are people like Picasso and Miro and people who at last really reach something in their old age, which they absolutely couldn't ever have done in their youth.
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My real feeling of lack of freedom comes from the fact that I have to be anything at all, specific.
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On the whole, I tend not to listen to my peers.
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People are quite shocked when you remind them that Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra never wrote a song that they recorded in their lives, as far as I know.
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People say, oh it's a shame, you're not nostalgic about the '60s. Well actually, it's quite good, when you think of it. Wouldn't it be sad if I was sitting here wishing it back?
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The appearance of variety is a complete illusion. It's like somebody who's got a dartboard in his room, and there's darts all over it, but all I was trying to do was hit the board. That's all I've ever tried to do.
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The last time I went in the studio, I spent a few days in the studio, and there wasn't a single thing I came out with that I could use. This can happen.
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The most effective instruments do have a vocal quality.
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The things that I draw on, and the world that I feel part of, aren't particularly youth culture.
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The world of culture in my head that I come from... it's to do with just people pegging away for a lifetime at their craft.
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There are people I would like to work with. It's a bit harder, because I live out in the sticks anyway, and plus being in a wheelchair means that I can't really circulate. So I tend to stick to my own thing.
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There are singers that I have enjoyed, from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward. But the music that made music the number one thing for me as a youth was jazz.
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There was a certain amount of resentment in the early '80s of the new kids on the block at that time, the punks and so on.
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There's no field of music which doesn't have good ideas.
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This constant pressure from record companies to come up with a hit single or something like that, I find completely tiresome.
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Those nations of artists, finding their own individualism, and kind of standing against the world: to me that's the ultimate nightmare. I want to get lost and diffused in the world.
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To me, the amazing thing was to discover the absolute beauty of Ray Charles singing a country and western song or something like that.
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We did not get any money from the early records. It was all taken by crooked managers. It is just a gangster's paradise.
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What keeps me going is a constant sense of disappointment with what I've already done.
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When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs, I became basically a singer. I was a drummer who did a bit of singing, and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion.
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When I'm singing I try not be a singer with a capital S. I just try to get it out so I feel comfortable with it.
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When there is a voice in a piece of music, we tend to focus on the voice. That is probably something from when we were babies and we depended on hearing our mother's voice.
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