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Born: 1963-09-19
Profession: Musician
Nation: English
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The working class has been turned into a consuming class - a situation has been created where people value their worth by what they can afford.

Tags: Situation, Working, Worth

We've always been a bit out of touch with reality.

Tags: Bit, Reality, Touch

Will you see Pulp again? Who knows. I'm not stoking those particular rumours.

Tags: Again, Knows, Rumours

You get to a certain age and you just want to prove that you can still rock - that you've still got it.

Tags: Age, Prove, Rock

Also, because people like to multitask, in a way if you've got a bit of music on in the background and the lyrical content is making you want to listen to it, then that would probably put you off the texting you wanted to do. I think people like things that just make that right kind of noise, but leave your brain free to do something else.

Tags: Brain, Free, Music

I speak onstage to try to establish some method of communication. The songs are supposed to be a way of communicating. But speech and drinks and sometimes chocolates are also a way of communicating.

Tags: Sometimes, Speak, Try

The most entertaining songs don't always come from a nice place. In songs where I think I'm being really sensitive, they seem quite boring actually. I've found that the songs that come out of nastier, more misanthropic places are better.

Tags: Boring, Nice, Place

As a shy kid growing up in Sheffield, I fantasized about how it would be great to be famous so I wouldn't actually have to talk to people and feel awkward. And of course, as we all know from fairy stories, when you achieve that ambition, you find out you don't want it.

Tags: Famous, Great, Talk

Being chronically shy I needed to create a persona for myself and be involved with a band where I could be ruler of my own kingdom. Then Pulp became hugely popular and I lost control of it, which is when it all went wrong.

Tags: Control, Lost, Wrong

Every woman I've had a relationship with has found this maddening; the fact that I will talk about anything on the stage, and reveal all this stuff, and yet when I'm at home, I clam up and won't discuss anything intimate or personal.

Tags: Home, Talk, Woman

For TV you also get those pre-interviews when researchers ask you what you're going to say. The pre-interview drives me insane. If they've already decided the outcome, why don't I just hand in an essay? Maybe if we talk we'll find something out. I'd rather just have an awkward pause.

Tags: Rather, Talk, Why

Hawkwind are one of those bands that people introduce you to because you don't see them on the covers of magazines. I'd heard 'Silver Machine' but Russell Senior, who was in Pulp, got me into them. They had a song called 'Master Of The Universe' and we nicked the title in 1985 for one of our songs.

Tags: Song, Songs, Universe

I am passionate about keeping the human dimension in things. You have to keep the rough edges and the inconsistencies, that's what makes it interesting. I've always striven to be as sloppy as possible.

Tags: Human, Keep, Makes

I am proud, and more than a little excited, to be asked to work with Faber in an editorial capacity. It is my dearest hope that we will produce some fantastic books together.

Tags: Hope, Together, Work

I got a pair of red, synthetic satin women's pants through the post the other day with a phone number on. That was quite strange. I haven't tried the phone number. In times of stress I may.

Tags: May, Stress, Women

I know that some filmmakers strive for a kind of naturalistic approach, but you're never going to capture something that's really natural - just the simple fact that you choose to put a frame around something means that you've already chosen one particular thing to put more attention on.

Tags: Fact, Put, Simple

I love the Beatles. I haven't named any kids after them but I still really love them. They were the first group that I was ever properly aware of. In my early teens I would sometimes stay in and listen to the radio all day in the hope that I would catch a song by them that I'd never heard before and be able to tape it on my radio-cassette player.

Tags: After, Hope, Love

I recently spent quite a bit of time in Sheffield, England, which is where I'm from. I wouldn't move back there, but it's funny when you spend a bit of time in the place where you were brought up. You kind of realize how that place has had quite a big effect on you or made you a certain way.

Tags: Big, Funny, Time

I think basically becoming famous has taken the place of going to Heaven in modern society, hasn't it? That's the place where your dreams will come true. It's an act of faith now; they think that's going to sort things out.

Tags: Dreams, Faith, Society

I think the credit crunch is a brilliant thing. We should all stop moaning and start celebrating. When times are tough, it's an opportunity to start looking at life in a different way.

Tags: Life, Start, Tough

I'd always fought against presenting radio really, because my father was a radio DJ in Australia. He's just recently retired. And I kind of didn't want to follow in his footsteps. But I suppose, as we all find as we become older, to some extent we do all become our parents.

Tags: Become, Father, Parents

I'd been thinking I'd have to learn how to play really well, but obviously the message of punk was that you just learn three chords in a week and you're away.

Tags: Away, Learn, Thinking

I'm not very keen on ageing. I'm not keen on the physical decay. I probably am quite vain. I think you want to try and look OK for the benefit of other people.

Tags: Physical, Quite, Try

I'm sure Sting's a lovely guy. It's just that nobody wants to be seen as that holier-than-thou thing. That over-earnestness is a bit of a problem with people in bands and celebrities or whatever.

Tags: Lovely, Problem, Whatever

I've always had an eye for nature, but it's the sort of thing to keep quiet about, because I don't want to come across as a mad hippy. But it makes sense to appreciate those things.

Tags: Keep, Nature, Sense

In some ways, I always thought you're better off behaving like a rock star when you're a normal person. Because if you do it as a rock star, you'll end up in the papers and your life will be made a misery.

Tags: End, Life, Rock
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Part of why I started a band was due to feelings of shyness and social ineptitude. I saw it as some way of being able to interact with people from a safe distance.

Tags: Able, Feelings, Why

Pulp existed for 12 years before we got famous. Now, you could say that was just lack of imagination, but it's some kind of quality isn't it? Tenacity. You could also say it was sloth.

Tags: Famous, Lack, Quality

The thing about radio is that it's got an intimate feel. What I like is that you don't have to give it your full attention - you can still do something else that the same time, whereas TV is all-enveloping: you have to sit there and pay attention to it, and give yourself over to it. You have to surrender to it, but you don't with radio.

Tags: Give, Time, Yourself

The thing with Disney songs is they're very manipulative, very sentimental, but they do get you, you know - there's a kind of sadness to them and that kind of music doesn't really exist any more.

Tags: Music, Sadness, Songs

There's the famous thing that the A&R man from the record company is supposed to do: He's supposed to come into the studio and listen to the songs you've been recording and then say, 'Guys, I don't hear any singles.' And then everybody falls into a terrible depression because you have to write one.

Tags: Depression, Famous, Write

To look for some kind of insight or meaning in pop songs is not really - well there's plenty of other places where you should probably look first before you start looking for it in a pop song. I guess it was just because I was really into music as a child, and I wanted it to say more. It was the thing, wasn't it? And now it isn't.

Tags: Music, Start, Wanted

Unless you're living on the street and surviving on a diet of discarded turkey drumsticks, there's no point in being gloomy. We've spent too long trying to cheer ourselves up by spending money on brightly coloured things we don't really need. We've stopped using our imaginations.

Tags: Diet, Money, Trying

Well, once you've resigned yourself to the fact that you are the more mature pop performer and you're past the age you ever thought you would do it, you might as well do it as long as you can. As long as I can still lift a microphone, then I'll do it, you know.

Tags: Age, Past, Yourself

When I was in Pulp, I actively did more TV stuff because that was during the Great Britpop Wars, and it seemed important to prove that indie people could speak. That war doesn't exist anymore.

Tags: Great, Speak, War

Words are important to me, but a song can work and function and be a good song with words that are fairly standard. But really great lyrics can't rescue a dog of a song.

Tags: Good, Great, Work

You know when you get into that thing where people want to discuss the relationship? I'd rather discuss what was on telly, avoid the issue, discuss anything other than the relationship.

Tags: Avoid, Issue, Rather

You write a song about how you think at the time, and then gradually you drift away from that, and when it's far enough in the past, that's when you think, 'Now I have to write something new.'

Tags: Enough, Past, Time

Anyone who thinks they're sexy needs their head checked.

Tags: Anyone, Head, Sexy

I would like to believe in an afterlife; it makes things more palatable. But I'm not banking on it.

Tags: Afterlife, Banking, Makes

Money isn't important, but you have to have enough, so you don't have to think about it. Thinking about money is a drag.

Tags: Enough, Money, Thinking

I'm not a religious person but I do like the idea of Sunday as a day set apart from the rest of the week. It's nice to have a period of reflection and have time to think about things.

Tags: Nice, Sunday, Time

A Conservative government is necessary. There is no credible alternative.

Tags: Credible, Government, Necessary

But I've got ideas. I keep my little notebook, I've always got that with me. Hopefully there's more stuff than nonsense in there.

Tags: Ideas, Keep, Stuff

Don't think that the things around you don't count, because they do.

Tags: Count

For me, the great thing about music is that anybody can do it.

Tags: Anybody, Great, Music

I always thought that I might retire from any form of sexuality by the age of 40 and just become a dignified older person.

Tags: Age, Become, Thought

I appreciate people who try and use language in an interesting way.

Tags: Appreciate, Language, Try

I do write songs with a political dimension to them sometimes, but I'm always slightly appalled by it when I do.

Tags: Political, Sometimes, Write

I guess I'm fairly insistent and maybe consistent. If I decide I'll do something, I generally will.

Tags: Decide, Guess, Maybe

I'm always amazed by people who blog all the time and tweet all the time, and still get things done. I don't know how they do it.

Tags: Amazed, Done, Time

I'm always nervous when I perform anyway.

Tags: Anyway, Nervous, Perform

If you get involved in music expecting to make a living out of it, then you've picked the wrong thing to do. That shouldn't really be in your mind.

Tags: Living, Mind, Music

In no way am I supporting or suggesting that a Conservative government is a good thing, far from it.

Tags: Far, Good, Government

It's good that I managed to hoodwink so many people. I am actually not that nice a person.

Tags: Actually, Good, Nice

It's weird: The leader of the Conservative Party in England is two years younger than me, and I still don't really feel like a responsible adult.

Tags: Leader, Party, Weird

Its OK to grow up, just as long as you don't grow old. Face it you are young.

Tags: Face, Old, Young

My route so far through life hasn't been particularly logical, or even thought out.

Tags: Far, Life, Thought

Oh you know, I've been writing a novel.

Tags: Novel, Oh, Writing

Silver Machine still sounds really modern with all the white noise. It's a bit punky in a way. They were ahead of their time.

Tags: Bit, Time

The good thing about people really is their iffy-ness and dodginess, isn't it?

Tags: Good

The main thing I don't like about myself is an absurd level of self-consciousness that makes any sort of social encounter an ordeal for me.

Tags: Level, Makes, Social

The things in my songs are the edited highlights of my life. I don't go seeking out strange sexual experiences every day of the week.

Tags: Life, Strange, Week