Saturday, March 11, 2006

Artists Aren't Really People

Here are my favorite lyrics and quotes by/about musicians.

"A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast 'n' bulbous, got me?"
-- Captain Beefheart, "Pachuco Cadaver" (1969)

"[Serge] Gainsbourg has been cursed by an attribute which has proved a more powerful hindrance to rock stardom that being blind, tone-deaf or dead: that most fatal of adjectives, French."
-- Robert Chalmers, The Independent

"And if a ten-ton truck / Kills the both of us / To die by your side / Well, the pleasure -- the privilege is mine!"
--The Smiths, "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" (1986)

[While living in Blighty in '86, I had "the pleasure -- the privilege" of seeing the Smiths at the Brixton Academy.]

"Artists aren't really people. And I'm actually 40 percent papier maché."
-- Morrissey (the Smiths)

''She saw so far into the future that she could afford to take 10 years off and not say another word.''
-- Sandra Bernhard on Patti Smith, Without You I'm Nothing (1989)

"Garrett and McManus would be perfect for an Aki Kaurismäki buddy road movie about a couple of nuns turned rockers."
-- Howard Hampton on Mr. Airplane Man (2004)

"I was eating...lots of sugar and carbs."
-- Avril Lavigne, on the cause of her former angst (2004)

"This shorty has more cheek than Dizzy Gillespie, never mind Dizzee Rascal."
-- Robert Christgau on Lady Sovereign (2005)

Note: Mozzer image from the AMG. For a list of my favorite general quotes, click here. Click here for movie quotes.

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