Where I've arrived now is the product of mixing the very straight with the very exploratory; there's a fine line between the two, although it tends to be getting straighter and straighter because my songwriting is getting better.
My parents, especially my mother, were no influence on me whatsoever.
People will always be tempted to wipe their feet on anything with 'welcome' written on it.
You know, I was such a big Beatles fan, and when I'd buy a new album I'd invariably hate it the first time I heard it 'cause it was a mixture of absolute joy and absolute frustration. I couldn't grasp what they'd done, and I'd hate myself for that.
I actually got really petrified by the thought of people seeing me.
It was in San Diego and I was onstage and couldn't remember how to play the guitar properly. I was in terrible pain and my nervous system was just going wild, like somebody had just run a car over me.
Terry said he had this new kid and his wife didn't want to live in England. He wanted to tour. He hated being in the studio. Terry liked seeing various bars the world over and getting smashed out of his brain. He was a sort of latent Keith Moon.
We did a gig at the Marquee and we were supposed to be paid five pounds but we never got it, and it cost us something like 10 pounds in petrol to get there to do it. So what we did was steal some equipment from The Marquee.
It's sort of what jazz would be if it stopped being snobby and what rock would be if it stopped being stupid.
Come English Settlement, I had it in my head that I didn't want to tour.
I don't like touring and it seemed to be getting on top of me in a big way.
By the early '70s I had gotten reasonable and I started to get in hundreds of groups that rehearsed and never played at all. I mean, the most important thing was to look good and have a great name.
I felt pressured by continuous touring.
I suppose my father was more influential in my starting to play the guitar.
We're horribly mundane, aggressively mundane individuals. We're the ninjas of the mundane, you might say.
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