I like being a big fish in a small pond. I'm not interested in a huge audience because it brings headaches.
When punk rock came along, the one thing you were not supposed to be was musical.
Elvis Costello had a brand new bag. He was a musician, but he knew all about the attitude part of it.
As long as my body holds out, I'll be grooving when I'm 70, and not some sort of horrible spectacle.
These days, rock 'n' roll is much more about rock than about roll. I don't do rock. But I'm interested in that roll part, because that's the funny little bit that makes it hip.
If anyone comes along, I'm more than happy to welcome them, but I'm not interested in world domination.
You've got to really know your song, inside and out.
Going to Nashville to meet the in-laws was the first time when I'd been in America and not been seen as some sort of eccentric character with a cute accent.
The world is full of musicians who can play great, and you wouldn't cross the road to see them. It's people who have this indefinable attitude that are the good ones.
Be a military flier or be in a band; those were the two hippest things I could imagine.
I work very hard on getting the songs as direct and examined as I can before I go in the studio.
In the '70s, you had to come up with an album every year whether you were ready or not.
I'm playing to the sort of people who like the same records.
The number of contemporary artists who appeal to me is infinitesimal.
They tell me I produced songs. I just stood in the back, wore a good suit and said, Yeah, that's happening.
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