I need the money. People don't understand how little money you make in a band.
I was trying to spend it as quickly as possible. Because I'm so lazy, all that money created a block. I was flying around the world, staying at fancy hotels, having fun and trying to get rid of it as quickly as possible, so I could get on with some more work.
Some of our stuff ends up looking too corporate. I'm going to be a lot stricter from now on.
I've got time, I hope, to make lots of quiet records. So quiet you won't be able to hear them.
Even the bands I dig don't have a history of attaining mass consumption.
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'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.
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.
For me, it's all about The Dubliners by James Joyce. I love The Dead.
It is hard, though, 'cos record labels love to boss you around. I won't let them do that anymore.
Rock stars wanting to write is even worse than wanting to act in movies, right?
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.
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 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.