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.
Some of our stuff ends up looking too corporate. I'm going to be a lot stricter from now on.
It is hard, though, 'cos record labels love to boss you around. I won't let them do that anymore.
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.
I've got time, I hope, to make lots of quiet records. So quiet you won't be able to hear them.
Since Elizabeth, I certainly live a healthier lifestyle.
It's better when you have your wife with you, more fun.
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.
You know more about me than I do about myself, that's probably true.
When I write a song, it's all about the riff - the riff first, then the words come later.
The best songs I write in 20 minutes.
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 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.
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.
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.
I guess I'm about ready to promote myself in a more human way. I don't feel quite so insecure.
I need the money. People don't understand how little money you make in a band.
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