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Born: 1966-08-26
Profession: Musician
Nation: Scottish
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I wanted to put out a solo record because I was stuck on a major label and sick of it.

Tags: Put, Sick, Wanted

I was always embarrassed because my dad wore a suit and my mother wore flat pumps and a cozy jumper while my friends' parents were punks or hippies.

Tags: Dad, Mother, Parents

I've got a lot of stamina and I enjoy people, so having lots of people around doesn't freak me out.

Tags: Enjoy, Freak, Lots

I've got no timetable. I'm sort of sick of timetables, to be honest.

Tags: Honest, Sick, Timetable

If you have any opinions at all or if you're even remotely verbal then they're going to call you fiery.

Tags: Call, Fiery, Opinions

In terms of fitting in, you know, I don't have a lot of armor up. I'm a raw nerve and it's really uncomfortable for a lot of people.

Tags: Armor, Nerve, Raw

It's definitely an intrinsic part of my makeup that makes me want to see black when everyone else is seeing white.

Tags: Black, Else, Everyone

It's everywhere, constant criticism of women's appearance in magazines and online. It's not easy to navigate.

Tags: Criticism, Easy, Women

Mozart was a punk, which people seem to forget. He was a naughty, naughty boy.

Tags: Forget, Naughty, Punk

My solo album is dead and buried. We had the funeral. It was sad and I cried a lot but it made such a beautiful corpse that we had an open casket.

Tags: Beautiful, Dead, Sad

No, I like being a role model because I know how much comfort my musical idols brought me.

Tags: Comfort, Model, Role

No, I'm not Shirley the girl, I'm the woman on MTV with the big boots.

Tags: Big, Girl, Woman

People don't associate red hair, pale skin, and freckles with beauty.

Tags: Beauty, Hair, Skin

Selling millions of albums is a sign you've infiltrated the culture.

Tags: Culture, Millions, Sign

That's a difficult question, because to consider yourself a rebel is sort of ridiculous.

Tags: Difficult, Question, Yourself

We're living in a time when people are struggling to appear perfect.

Tags: Living, Perfect, Time

You don't really hear a female perspective on the radio, because so many of the songs are being written by men.

Tags: Hear, Men, Songs

And then there's all these other creeps that surround your band and suck off you like leeches and try to manipulate you and your business. You have to watch like a hawk. I'm always ready to fight. I see it very much as a battle.

Tags: Battle, Business, Fight

I couldn't feel good about myself hanging out in Armani clothes when my girlfriend can't even pay her heating bill. I'd feel foul and I'd be embarrassed.

Tags: Girlfriend, Good, Her

A lot of celebrities just want money, fame, power, fancy cars, houses all over the world and have people bow down to them. To me, that's frightful behaviour.

Tags: Fame, Money, Power

At the end of the day, though, the band members have to be strong. It's down to the individuals in the unit. Listen to me, I'm talking like I'm in the army and this is my squadron.

Tags: End, Strong, Talking

I refuse to step inside the ring and fight like a gladiator against my own. I'm not playing that game. Any woman who has survived a year or more of making music has my undying respect.

Tags: Fight, Music, Respect

I think it's a great thing to have failed in life and then pulled yourself up by the boot straps and actually done something, because then you appreciate it more.

Tags: Great, Life, Yourself

Possibly because I grew up not feeling very confident about my own physical appearance, I developed internal devices so that I could integrate into society.

Tags: Feeling, Physical, Society

Starbucks is my main fix and it's usually you people working in there - sometimes they're actually shaking. It just makes me feel horrendous because I've been in that situation.

Tags: Makes, Sometimes, Working

I am not a sexy woman, I'm not beautiful, I'm not a sex kitten, I don't flirt with people, yet I've been tagged more of sex symbol than women who truly are and I that's solely because I don't reveal too much: people are curious.

Tags: Beautiful, Sex, Women
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I am a contradictory mess but I see it as my prerogative to change my mood like the weather.

Tags: Change, Mood, Weather

I mean, I tend to do my own thing, and that usually crosses purposes with everyone around me.

Tags: Everyone, Mean, Tend

I would say I'm pretty well at ease with my sexuality, but I'm an individual before I am a female.

Tags: Individual, Pretty, Sexuality

What makes a woman stylish is what she has to say and how she chooses to live her life.

Tags: Her, Life, Woman

I'm fairly in control and I don't like to flirt particularly. I mean, obviously if I meet someone who I think is hot, of course I'll want to flirt with him, But in general I don't use it in day-to-day life.

Tags: Life, Mean, Someone

I don't find any kind of tension very productive, I find it destructive, actually.

Tags: Actually, Productive, Tension

I feel the same way I did when I was in school. I'm having the same insecurities.

Tags: School

You have to watch all sides of your advancement, you have to make sure people's bodies and minds are healthy and their morale is cool before you can really go out and play great music.

Tags: Cool, Great, Music

A lot of people these days are not music lovers - they just want to be famous which is a very different thing to what I grew up believing in.

Tags: Days, Famous, Music

Humans all want to beat the clock but nobody ever does.

Tags: Beat, Clock, Nobody

I am laughably aggressive, and the rest of the band is very laid back, so we mix well.

Tags: Aggressive, Band, Rest

I plan on doing as much in my life as I possibly can.

Tags: Life, Plan, Possibly

A lot of celebrities just want money, fame, power, fancy cars, houses all over the world and have people bow down to them. To me, that's frightful behavior.

Tags: Behavior, Money, Power

The sensation of never feeling good enough or pretty enough will always be there. It's a constant dialogue, and you just learn to be more powerful than that other voice. When you hear it come up, you shut it down.

Tags: Feeling, Good, Powerful

I am greedy, and most importantly, game for what's next.

Tags: Game, Greedy, Next

I feel privileged, to be honest.

Tags: Honest, Privileged

I have a lot of very close girlfriends and sisters - I'm from an all female family. My father often quips that even the cat was neutered!

Tags: Family, Father, Often

I have a temper on me that could hold back tides.

Tags: Hold, Temper, Tides

I just want to live my life a little freely and not adhere to any schedule - just make music and have fun.

Tags: Fun, Life, Music

I know lots of people who've never been lucky enough to get to this stage in their life. And I'm not gonna hide it for anybody.

Tags: Enough, Life, Lucky

I like the feeling that I'm giving young women self-confidence. It sounds so cliched, but it can be very moving.

Tags: Feeling, Moving, Women

I love pop music. Who doesn't?

Tags: Love, Music, Pop

I think women in pop have been declawed and defanged, and they're just meant to look pretty and sing pretty.

Tags: Pretty, Sing, Women

I want to hear an alternative viewpoint, and I don't want girls to be defanged and declawed and pretty and mute.

Tags: Hear, Pretty, Viewpoint
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