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" I'd never been paid for the first Roses LP - it was 2002 before we received any royalties. "
" Even on songs we've got that are about a girl, there's always something there that's a call to insurrection. "
" Maybe if you see me begging on the streets, you might find me doing The Stone Roses the next day. "
" Even me mum can't tell me what to do. "
" Oasis are okay, but they're like The Sun: base. "
" I liked him, that Jarvis Cocker. I like the fact he was androgynous, he could appeal to everybody. He wasn't just a lad pretending to be a thug. "
" I like a lot of that Chicago stuff, house music. "
" Northern soul was huge in Manchester in the '70s and '80s; I went to a lot of all-nighters. "
" We believe that anyone can do anything, and everyone's a star. And that's evident from the shows we do. It just feels like a whole bunch of people in a room celebrating something - maybe just being alive. "
" I like the fact that a group can become successful, and by way of what you are, you can show up all the other people who are around you. "
" I went to a friend's 40th in Manchester, and there was a karaoke machine, and no one was having a go. My mate said, 'No one's singing because you're in the room.' I said, 'Who am I, Frank Sinatra?' They made me sing flipping 'My Star' to a backing track that sounded like '80s Roxy Music. It was pretty embarrassing, but I did it. "
" People tend to settle for the fiver rather than going for the pot of gold. "
" Since we were kids, we grow up believing that astronauts are heroes - that to go up in a rocket is a heroic thing. These guys are bigger than movie stars. To me, it's... all a well-dressed-up lie, basically. There's billions spent on rockets up there, and there's millions starving down here. It don't make sense to me. "
" When The Stone Roses first came out, the early reviews called me 'simian.' I had to look that up at the time. "
" I used to be one of those kids who couldn't keep my mouth shut. "
" We need to ban all air-freighted food. Carrots from Holland. Potatoes from Egypt. It's got to stop. "
" I'd like to change the world. Eradicate poverty, racism, and sexism... all the usual things. "
" I was really into punk when I was about 14. "
" I can't think of anyone who's reformed for art's sake. That's why the Roses will never reform. "
" You're never going to improve on a Michael Jackson song if you cover it. "
" I'm only really good at making music. I wasn't convinced when I started out, but then I heard the first Stone Roses' LP. "
" The Roses should have made it as the biggest band since The Beatles, but we didn't. "
" You'll never find a Manchester band slagging off another Manchester band, but within each Manchester band, people will rip each other apart: Mondays, Smiths, New Order, Roses, Oasis. "
" I gave it up three weeks before my black belt, foolishly. I got to my third brown belt and must have trained for 18 months but never went for it. I was nearly 18 and got this thing in my head about, ' Who are they to grade me?' Trying to be a rebel when I should have done it. It's my only regret, not going for a black belt. "
" I went into jail with absolutely no respect whatsoever for authority, and I came out with even less. "
" I love harmonicas - old blues players like Sonny Boy Williamson. "
" My wife is Mexican, and she's really influenced me: She's got an impressive collection of Mexican music. "
" I wasn't on stage to be worshipped or for people to look up to me. I was with the crowd. "
" We're against hypocrisy, lies, bigotry, show business, insincerity, phonies, and fakers. "
" Some of the kids who discovered me from my 'F.E.A.R.' record or one of the U.N.K.L.E. tunes have said, 'I don't even like the Roses; I love your solo stuff.' I buzz off that. "
" I feel like I've established myself as a music maker in my own right. "