People fear death even more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.
Actually I don't remember being born, it must have happened during one of my black outs.
'People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.”
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.
Musicians with money usually buy expensive tuners when their sharps are a little flat. But who ever heard of a musician with money? If you're broke like the rest of us, here's an option: simply slap on AC/DC's "It's a Wong Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n Roll)." The song has only one chord. If you can figure out which one it is, hold the chord with one hand and twist the pegs with the other until you sound just like Angus.
If that fails, just follow the example of Sonic Youth and forego tuning althogether. Remember: one man's "noise" is another man's "art."
"Once you're on stage you can't go back, even when things go wrong people expect you to stay there and entertain them. When all else fails, you've got to try tap dancing."
We're a rock group. we're noisy, rowdy, sensational and weird.
As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.
Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity.
Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it.
We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.
I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.
Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.
I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.
Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.
My body is damaged from music in two ways. I have a red irritation in my stomach. It's psychosomatic, caused by all the anger and the screaming. I have scoliosis, where the curvature of your spine is bent, and the weight of my guitar has made it worse. I'm always in pain, and that adds to the anger in our music.
If you die you're completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I'm not afraid of dying. Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I've got.
Rather be dead than cool.
I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend.
It destroys the soul to hear that you're all hype, that you have no talent, and that your whole career has been contrived.
I guess I've always lived the glamorous life of a star. It 's nothing new - I used to spend down to the last dime.
We're a very expensive group; we break a lot of rules. It's unheard of to combine opera with a rock theme, my dear .
Is Billy Idol just doing a bad Elvis pout, or was he born that way?
“In my life so far, I have discovered that there are really only two kinds of people: those who are for you, and those who are against you. Learn to recognize them, for they are often and easily mistaken for each other.”
“Born to lose. Live to win.”
“I like girls. That’s the only reason I’m in the music business – I discovered you could get women to take their clothes off if you had a guitar. And they come off a lot faster if you can play it.”
“This entire generation seems to have become pussies, you know? Nobody seems to enjoy themselves much anymore.They are all knocking each other down for enjoying themselves.”
“A kid once said to me “Do you get hangovers?” I said, “To get hangovers you have to stop drinking.”
“One thing I am very glad of is that I went through the sixties. People who didn't really don't know what they missed. We pushed a certain consciousness, a way of life and it was exciting - no AIDS, people weren't dying so much from drug abuse and it was truly a time of freedom and change.”
I like playing music because it's a good living and I get satisfaction from it. But I can't feed my family with satisfaction.
Authority pisses me off. I think everyone should be able to drink and get loud whenever they want.
Most of my guitars have been instruments that look cool. I'm not picky. I never think, 'Oh, this neck isn't made of ebony,' or, 'These strings don't feel correct.' It doesn't matter too much.
My live sound does not work in the studio, which is a completely different animal. Every little thing is detrimental to the sound. And if someone moves a mic, you've lost it. It's pretty much a case of 'lock the door and set up a police line.'