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Born: 1958-05-25
Profession: Musician
Nation: English
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You can't live a lie. You have to follow your heart.

Tags: Follow, Heart, Lie

Coming from a little suburban town, I wasn't a hip city kid. I was quite the opposite, really. Songs like 'Saturday's Kids' rang a bell for kids all over the country. That song was about the kids I grew up with.

Tags: Country, Kids, Song

I never saw myself as a spokesman for a generation. It was all a bit heavy for me. I saw myself as a songwriter and wrote for myself, which I still do, and I also wanted to communicate with my audience.

Tags: Bit, Generation, Wanted

I take my hat off to people like the Stones, but it's not for me. I couldn't do that. Jagger is brilliant and long may he rock. I couldn't make my career out of old songs; it would do my head in.

Tags: Career, May, Rock

I think I come from a time when all the artists I grew up with and I loved always used to try and push the boundaries, and there doesn't seem so much of that, really.

Tags: Time, Try, Used

I think people are just really disappointed, disappointed with Blair as well, who's just like Bush's lapdog. I think everyone's just disillusioned with politics in our country, and it must be the same in your country.

Tags: Country, Everyone, Politics

I think, with age, you learn that it comes in bursts and you've got no control over it. I'm not one of those people who says, 'I've got to write a song every day.' I just store up ideas, and really I have to wait until it finds me; I know when I'm ready to write. It used to frustrate me, but it doesn't any more. It's just how it is.

Tags: Age, Control, Wait

I want to see where and how far I can go as an artist. I look back and see what I've done, and I want to do as much as I can in my lifetime. I love doing it. If I didn't have that passion or love for it, I wouldn't do it.

Tags: Done, Love, Passion

I wear jeans and a T-shirt sometimes. I just like clothes - since the first time I can remember, like age ten or eleven; I was just obsessed with music and clothes. Just like a lot of people in England from my generation.

Tags: Age, Music, Time

I'm always looking for something. Not in an unhappy way. I just like to try different things. I don't want to be morbid, but I'm not getting any younger.

Tags: Getting, Looking, Try

Most people my age, their musical life ended in the '80s. They stick with what they know. But my tastes are much broader. And I don't want to stop learning.

Tags: Age, Learning, Life

Playing music is a lifetime's work. And if you want to carry on with it, you have to try to better yourself. You have to see where the music can take you.

Tags: Music, Work, Yourself

Pop music was supposed to be a flash in the pan, but here we are 50 years later and it means something to us, and it always will do. It's incredibly important.

Tags: Here, Means, Music

The Jam were a good band, however I feel that the Style Council were better. A lot of people I know will disagree with me. Some things we did with The Style Council were misinterpreted or over their heads.

Tags: Band, Good, Style

The Zombies were really unique - they had elements of jazz and classical music in their songs and songwriting. They had a very, very different sound compared to a lot of their contemporaries at the time.

Tags: Music, Time, Unique

There was a time in my 40s where I thought, oh, it's all over - not just work, but I'm never going to feel young again, I'm always going to feel like I know what's going to happen, I'll know what to expect. Looking back I don't know if that was a midlife crisis, I don't know - but I don't feel that now. There's possibilities. It gets better.

Tags: Crisis, Time, Work

When I listen to a record, or when I'm making a record, I listen to everything. I listen to the drums, the bass, the voice, the arrangement. I listen to the whole piece as an ensemble.

Tags: Making, Voice, Whole

Everyone gets frustrated and aggressive, and I'd sooner take my aggression out on a guitar than on a person.

Tags: Everyone, Frustrated, Guitar

I think politicians are so far out of step with what people really want.

Tags: Far, Step

People say that if you're still angry at 52, you're not an angry young man, just a grumpy old git.

Tags: Angry, Old, Young

Nothing wrong with pop!

Tags: Pop, Wrong

Being a musician is a noble profession.

Tags: Musician, Noble, Profession

Going to college was never an option. I was passionate about music, but how much talent I actually had was another matter.

Tags: Another, Matter, Music

I could write songs about politics, but I'm conscious of not writing songs that sound the same as the ones I wrote 30 years ago.

Tags: Politics, Write, Writing

I don't really wanna talk about politics, I'm not clever enough.

Tags: Enough, Politics, Talk

I don't think about what I can't do or what I shouldn't be doing. I just think there are endless possibilities musically, really.

Tags: Endless, Musically
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I get labelled as just being about one thing, but there's lots of layers to what I do.

Tags: Layers, Lots

I had a total belief in The Style Council. I meant every word and felt every action.

Tags: Action, Belief, Word

I really enjoy playing America. I like the audiences there. It's the home of a lot of music I grew up with.

Tags: Enjoy, Home, Music

I still love playing music. It was all I ever wanted to do, and I got the chance to do it.

Tags: Love, Music, Wanted

I suppose I was much more serious-minded in the '70s and '80s.

Tags: Suppose

I want to hear as much music as I possibly can before I leave this mortal coil but it's impossible to hear it all because there's so much of it.

Tags: Impossible, Leave, Music

I'm fine with being thought of as a guitar player, and if I can get any recognition or respect for doing that, that's a pretty good thing for me.

Tags: Good, Respect, Thought

I'm so lucky, I'm just really grateful for what I've got around me - children and my wife and everything else.

Tags: Children, Else, Wife

I'm very, very open to experimenting with different people and trying to find different methods of writing and making music.

Tags: Music, Trying, Writing

I've not had Botox, no.

Tags: Botox

If you're into a certain band, you're into the way they dress.

Tags: Band, Dress

In all honesty, I don't know what one song can change.

Tags: Change, Honesty, Song

In my old age, my mind gets more open, and I listen to so many different types of music and I guess that all reflects in my work.

Tags: Age, Music, Work

It is nice to make a record and people like it, and it's encouraging.

Tags: Nice

There are so many artists who get to my age that get comfortable and just stick in a groove, and I really don't want to do that.

Tags: Age, Artists, Stick

When I'm dead, I wanna leave a body of work, like authors or great painters do.

Tags: Dead, Great, Work
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