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" I found that I was just hopeless at school. It was just a total bore. First, I passed in art and English, and then just art. Then I passed out. "
" The hippy movement was a failure. "
" You don't write on tour; it takes all your concentrating to make the gig - that's survival technique. Afterwards, you run around town to find interesting hipsters and go to all the interesting spots. You got to go to every hotspot until everything has closed down. "
" I have a weird life because I live on songwriting royalties, which are a strange income. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it doesn't. "
" We sing in English, not mimicking some American rock singer's accent. That's just pretending to be something you ain't. "
" I don't want to look back. I want to keep going forward, I still have something to say to people. "
" What I like about playing America is you can be pretty sure you're not going to get hit with a full can of beer when you're singing and I really enjoy that! "
" The only place I considered home was the boarding school, in Yorkshire, my parents sent me to. "
" When we played Paris, the English punks would come over, and they got to know the French punks. There was some nice scenes in the back alleys. "
" With The Simpsons you can go back to work with a keen heart. "
" To me, our music is like Jamaican stuff - if they can't hear it, they're not supposed to hear it. It's not for them if they can't understand it. "
" We didn't have any solution to the world's problems. I mean, we were trying to grow up in a socialist way to some future where the world might be less of a miserable place than it is. "
" I'm proud of all our records. Even the crap ones. "
" When you blame yourself, you learn from it. If you blame someone else, you don't learn nothing, cause hey, it's not your fault, it's his fault, over there. "
" The future is unwritten. "
" Authority is supposedly grounded in wisdom, but I could see from a very early age that authority was only a system of control. And it didn't have any inherent wisdom. I quickly realized that you either became a power or you were crushed. "
" Politically at that time, with Thatcher in Britain and Reagan in the White House, it wasn't looking too great for the Left. And we were always on the left. "
" I began thinking there should be an American phrase book, 'cause I've got an Italian phrase book, and an Arabic one... now a British one. I think it'd be pretty good to have an American phrase book. "
" All hippies around now just represent complete apathy. "
" I get on all right with my parents. But I don't see them very much. They split up when I was eight. I stayed with my mum, but I felt it was a bit soft with her. I could do whatever I liked, and I wasn't getting nowhere, so I went to stay with my dad. "
" If you ain't thinkin' about man and God and law, then you ain't thinkin' about nothin'. "
" Yeah, all those things, responsibility, pressure. It's a bit stressful. I try and come to terms with it by not thinking about it. "
" I think we're going to have to forget about the radio and just go back to word of mouth. "
" You can only follow what's on your mind. In fact, a song is something you write because you can't sleep unless you write it. "