"A good writer borrows, but a great writer steals."
-- Bob Weir, the Grateful Dead (August 3, 1972)
"The whole lyric thing is overblown. There was a time when people didn't want me to play guitar on stage because they were afraid it would get in the way of the words."
--Bruce Springsteen (January 24, 1974)
"The main thing is gonna be about snot and urinals. The snot part will be the most relevant though. Everyone has snot."
-- George Carlin (August 15, 1974)
"It got to the point where we had to rely on drugs -- uppers, just to be able to get on stage."
-- Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath (July 24, 1975)
"If CSN and Y had been in it for the money, we'd have made more albums and really cleaned up."
-- Graham Nash (August 19, 1976)
"I'm not aspiring to be a rock star. That's not my purpose for what I do."
-- Billy Joel (October 6, 1977)
"Look at Alex in A Clockwork Orange. That's how the kids feel now."
-- Stiv Bators, the Dead Boys (July 21, 1977)
"As soon as rock and roll stops making restrictions on itself -- rock and roll doesn't have to be just electric guitars -- everyone can use their own imagination."
-- Gene Simmons (December 14, 1978)
"I don't want sex appeal to become the sole strength of my career. But then again, you can't knock success no matter how it comes."
-- Teddy Pendergrass (January 11, 1979)
"See, the funk allows you to be free. Disco doesn't."
-- George Clinton (May 17, 1979)
"When the critics call us 'heavy metal,' that's 1968 in my mind . . . We like to call it Big Rock."
-- Eddie Van Halen (August 16, 1979)
"You almost must not like something the first time you hear it to enjoy it by the tenth time you hear it."
-- Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull (October 25, 1979)
"Sometimes a band is better in the studio than they are on stage. We haven't had that problem."
-- Sting (February 7, 1980)
"As far as I'm concerned, if I never hear Aerosmith mentioned again, I'll be happy."
-- Joe Perry, the Joe Perry Project (May 1, 1980)
"It's weird. Maybe we are the Jerry Dybzinski of Cleveland rock 'n' roll."
-- Michael Stanley (September 11, 1980)
"Our music was banned in your society at one time."
-- Robert Lockwood Jr. (December 11, 1980)
"I'd like to be 30 and forgotten, because then you can walk around without being bothered, and it doesn't affect your children."
-- Gary Numan (November 12, 1981)
"A lot of kids come to shows in the smaller towns that don't know I don't like to have beer bottles thrown at me."
-- Iggy Pop (October 28, 1982)
"De-evolution is pretty obvious. Just look around. Nobody disagrees with us anymore."
-- Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo (November 18, 1982)
"A nuclear war would destroy my career. And my face was just clearing up."
-- Cyndi Lauper (December 8, 1983)
"We don't come on stage wearing 500 spikes and 29 pounds of leather. That seems to be the standard metal outfit nowadays."
-- Lars Ulrich, Metallica (December 15, 1983)
"We party, we play, then we party some more. It's just like a routine, too. As long as we get our four hours of sleep, we'll be fine."
-- Vince Neil, Mötley Crüe (January 26, 1984)
"Joe Walsh once told me, 'Never underestimate Cleveland.' And he's right, ya'know."
-- Warren Zevon (September 27, 1984)
"The majority of people in this world aren't very happy. But if it wasn't for those people, there probably wouldn't be rock stars for them to live their lives through."
-- Dee Snider, Twisted Sister (January 10, 1985)
"I've got such a long way to go with my horn."
-- Wynton Marsalis (May 8, 1986)
"We're just four human beings who were going nowhere in Dublin and decided to go nowhere together. And ended up getting somewhere."
-- Bono (January 7, 1987)
"You can't judge a guy by what he does after five o'clock. I mean, everybody would be in jail if we did that."
-- Joe Walsh (September 3, 1987)
"People are more likely to rely on a form of art for the truth than on a politician."
-- Jello Biafra, the Dead Kennedys (October 8, 1987)
"If it walked like a duck and looked like a duck and quacked like a duck, we figured that in the end, it was the duck. And the duck's name was Pere Ubu."
-- David Thomas (October 22, 1987)
"I live, like, day by day. As long as we have gigs and as long as we have an audience, that's all I really give two shits about."
-- Slash, Guns N' Roses (April 28, 1988)
"I don't want to become something I've already started to make fun of. This is most definitely our final tour."
-- Robert Smith, the Cure (August 24, 1989)
"It's somewhat difficult when it's just you and a computer."
-- Trent Reznor (December 21, 1989)
"Like a lot of people, I napped through a lot of the Reagan years."
-- Laurie Anderson (March 8, 1990)
"Had I made 30 cents for the rest of my life, this is what I'd be doing."
-- Mike Dirnt, Green Day (September 8, 1994)
"I trip and burp and fart, just like everybody else."
-- Britney Spears (November 8, 2001)
"We're really not humping dogs, you know."
-- Tom DeLonge, Blink-182 (December 13, 2001)
"We're not great artists, and we're not a really important musical band."
-- Tom Dumont, No Doubt (April 25, 2002)
"All journalists and critics are ants at the picnic. I'm not curious to see what you write about me."
-- Henry Rollins (January 22, 2003)
"All we have to deal with is the responsibility for the fate of middle-class white-boy music."
-- Chris Martin, Coldplay (June 4, 2003)
"We tend to think about things too much, because we're English, uptight, self-conscious, public-school boys."
-- Colin Greenwood, Radiohead (August 20, 2003)
"The Hall of Shame? I wouldn't give a toss about it . . . It's a third-rate Disney commodity."
-- Johnny Rotten, the Sex Pistols, on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (August 20, 2003)
"I was thinking so deeply, man. Can you repeat the question?"
-- Phil Anselmo, Superjoint Ritual, falling asleep mid-interview (August 18, 2004)
"So here I am, older, maybe less arrogant, doing the same thing. Okay, sure, fine, whatever you say -- whatever I have to do to make the money."
-- Frank Black, the Pixies (November 17, 2004)