My high-school dream was to be in a band, pay my rent and eat - and I've been able to do that for 20 years. So I'm completely content.
I used to have a sort of spiky haircut and it just feels better to have short hair again.
I've got time, I hope, to make lots of quiet records. So quiet you won't be able to hear them.
When there are no women on the tour it can get awful and ugly - constant horrible jokes and gross behaviour. It needs to be leavened with a feminine presence.
But Sneaky Pete was great. I didn't bug him about Gram. Not too much, anyway.
I was hanging out with Jonathan Richman last night.
I lie around and play guitar, that's something I do for sure. In fact that's all I do, I think.
I need the money. People don't understand how little money you make in a band.
I guess I'm about ready to promote myself in a more human way. I don't feel quite so insecure.
I don't write down my experiences, but I have a very decent memory. I have tons of books in which I write down phrases as they occur to me. That's how I write songs. I'll need a line and I'll go through the books and find it, the right rhyme and everything.
Rock stars wanting to write is even worse than wanting to act in movies, right?
When I was 14 years old, I was a huge fan of the Velvets, the Stooges and the Modern Lovers. They are my three favourite bands. I never get sick of 'em.
Basically, between 1989 and 1994, I hadn't taken a vacation.
CDs, too. Totally corporate. They look real cheap and soulless and they don't smell of anything.
For me, it's all about The Dubliners by James Joyce. I love The Dead.
Even the bands I dig don't have a history of attaining mass consumption.
I have to make rock records occasionally.
See, to me, rock'n'roll doesn't have any point. It's just fun. It has a million different angles and they're all valid. But I think rock might be a world issue.
Some of our stuff ends up looking too corporate. I'm going to be a lot stricter from now on.
The best songs I write in 20 minutes.
When I write a song, it's all about the riff - the riff first, then the words come later.
You know more about me than I do about myself, that's probably true.
I don't like alcohol, but I still like to mess around with other stuff occasionally. I think it's important I take mushrooms and acid. They're certainly not addictive, so I can't rule that out.
It's better when you have your wife with you, more fun.
I'd forgotten what it was like to play music and have it be fun so I decided to stop. I wasn't even sure if I was going to make a new record, I was just kinda quitting.
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