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My first record was about childhood. There were a lot of nursery rhyme and fairytale references; it was all about being naive.
Oh, I'm quite harmless in real life.
I'm not creating an enigma or leaving mystery, I'm just respecting myself enough as an artist to give myself room to grow and not to be devoured all in one go.
There's always apprehension whenever I launch anything, it seems. When I launch a tour, people are always, 'Oooh, is this gonna work?' And when I launch an album: 'Ooh, is this gonna work?' Or a new video. 'Really?' It's always like that - but I've always acted on the impulse that I have nothing to lose.
They say shyness is a form of egotism, and you are only shy because you care too much about what people think of you. And maybe its true, maybe I am just an egotist.
I think, 'How could anybody mock a good pop song?' It is timeless; it transcends barriers; it breaks down every single type of social barrier that you can possibly have. It can deal with the most difficult subjects, even if it abstracts the subject matter.
I was always told that I was too strange or that I was too cheesy by different groups of people, like the record companies said I was way too weird and the indie people wouldn't even let me in their band.
I was brought up in many different cultures, moving around all the time, and I find my identity in my songs. I project the identity I want to have throughout the songs that I write.
If I really like the smell of something - a piece of tar or my goddaughter's plastic doll - I put a tiny piece in a bottle with a label. I keep them in a fridge in my bathroom.
The music industry doesn't exist the way it used to. You'll never have another star like the stars of the '90s.
Sometimes I dress like what I want for lunch, because all I can think about is having a tuna sandwich.
My relationship with my mother is not cute.
A stylist might say you look amazing in anything. Your family will always tell you if you look a complete idiot.
I say I have a midlife crisis every time I start and finish a record.
I'm fascinated by religion, but I'm not particularly religious.
In fact, no one has ever really wanted to go on a date with me.
I'm always calling my doctor because I'm constantly injuring myself while on the road, like tearing a ligament, blasting my ears or losing my voice. Plus, I'm a total hypochondriac.
I write songs to turn myself into something else. And then I become that, and I want to become something else.
I've always said in the press, I can fall in love with a man. I can fall in love with a woman. And I've always said that I have no shame in that.
Everything I write is about me.
Hype is scary.
I am terrible at relationships.
I am very suspicious of people.
I collect toys.
I don't know where my father is from. I just don't. He's lived in so many countries.
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