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Born: 1968-10-07
Profession: Musician
Nation: English
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I don't see it in terms of changing things, but rather using language and music as weapons for fighting a mainstream media which is predominately right wing, and loyal to the political framework and its corporate interests.

Tags: Fighting, Music, Political

If we got into a situation where people start burning our records, then bring it on. That's the whole point. The gloaming has begun. We're in the darkness. This has happened before. Go read some history.

Tags: History, Start, Whole

Music is more difficult - try naming a political band. The Dead Kennedys. The Dead Kennedys are political, but they are more funny than they are political.

Tags: Funny, Music, Political

People in bands don't have the kind of conversations people might think they have. The best things about being in a band are the things that are unsaid.

Tags: Band, Best, Might

So ultimately, it's idealistic to think that artists are able to step away from the power of the media and the way it controls things, and go on doing their own things.

Tags: Able, Away, Power

This was something that was obsessing me and creating a writer's block. To get involved and get stuck in, get the proper information about what's going on has really helped.

Tags: Creating, Involved, Writer

We didn't start out to make a protest record at all. That would have been too shallow. As usual, it was simply a case of absorbing what's going on around us.

Tags: Shallow, Simply, Start

We toyed with the idea of making it a double album, but I think that would only have confused everybody even more, so we decided to stick with the songs we picked.

Tags: Confused, Idea, Making

Well, I've been reading a lot about the fifty years since the Second World War, about Western foreign policy and all that. I try not to let it get to me, but sometimes I just think that there's no hope.

Tags: Hope, Try, War

Well, my son really loves wildlife. And everytime he draws a polar bear I want to tell him there probably won't any by the time... he's my age. That's kinda hard to deal with.

Tags: Age, Hard, Time

One of the interesting things here is that the people who should be shaping the future are politicians. But the political framework itself is so dead and closed that people look to other sources, like artists, because art and music allow people a certain freedom.

Tags: Art, Freedom, Music

My songs are my kids. Some of them stay with me, some others I have to send out, out to the war. It might sound stupid and it might even sound naive, but that's just the way it is.

Tags: Others, Stupid, War

I think the most important thing about music is the sense of escape.

Tags: Escape, Music, Sense

And I know I'm paranoid and neurotic, I've made a career out of it.

Tags: Career, Neurotic, Paranoid

I'm not afraid of computers taking over the world.

Tags: Afraid, Computers, Taking

Sometimes the nicest thing to do with a guitar is just look at it.

Tags: Guitar, Nicest, Sometimes

I grew up believing that I was fundamentally powerless.

Tags: Believing, Powerless

I've never believed that pop music is escapist trash. There's always a darkness in it, even amidst great pop music.

Tags: Darkness, Great, Music

I think no artist can claim to have any access to the truth, or an authentic version of an event. But obviously they have slightly better means at their disposal because they have their art to energize whatever it is they're trying to write about. They have music.

Tags: Art, Music, Truth

Being in a band turns you into a child and keeps you there.

Tags: Band, Child, Keeps

I think sometimes all the charities are doing is mopping up the blood. It's a shame.

Tags: Blood, Shame, Sometimes

The people in charge, globally, are maniacs. They are maniacs, and unless we do something about it these people are going to deprive us of a future.

Tags: Charge, Future, Unless

I think maybe since there isn't a great deal of access to the mainstream media and people don't understand the language of mainstream media, if you put music out there with lyrics that are loosely political, people absorb some of it and spit it back out.

Tags: Great, Music, Political

I think we're entering a very dangerous time. The West has set itself up, decided it's in charge, not for good intentions, not for the benefit of mankind.

Tags: Dangerous, Good, Time

At home I've got a very puerile, juvenile sense of humour.

Tags: Home, Humour, Sense

It is difficult to make political art work.

Tags: Art, Political, Work
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My argument would be that I don't think there is much that's genuinely political art that is good art.

Tags: Art, Good, Political

Someone needs to tell the truth, but it shouldn't be my job.

Tags: Job, Someone, Truth

We don't have to stand on a soap-box and preach because hopefully we're channelling it through the new record.

Tags: Hopefully, Preach, Stand

You think I have the responsibilty... I have the responsibility to give the fans a good time!

Tags: Give, Good, Time

I grew up under Thatcher. I grew up believing that I was fundamentally powerless. Then gradually over the years it occurred to me that this was actually a very convenient myth for the state.

Tags: Actually, Believing, State

I wrote a lot of stuff quickly: pages and pages of notes that seemed pretty incoherent at first. Most of it was taken from the radio because -suddenly being a parent- I'd be confronted by the radio giving a news report every hour of the day.

Tags: Giving, Pretty, Stuff

My dad spent his whole life getting into fights for telling what he believed to be the truth. Basically it comes from my dad-and he's screaming right-wing, so there you are.

Tags: Dad, Life, Truth

Coming from Britain, I was terrified of meeting all these other artists, because artists over there tend to fight with each other a lot, the premise being that there's not enough room for everybody.

Tags: Enough, Everybody, Fight

Generally speaking, if people are prepared to stick their heads above the power pit, like Zinn says, and absorb what's going on around them, it makes them think.

Tags: Makes, Power, Says

We should have a banquet on the day haters die.

Tags: Banquet, Die, Haters

Saving a life overrides territories.

Tags: Life, Saving

There was a tsunami and there are terrible natural disasters, all of this because of too little Torah study.

Tags: Natural, Study

Where there is Torah it sustains the world.

Tags: Sustains, Torah

You must not lean on a tree on Sabbath, if the tree might be dependent on you for support.

Tags: Might, Support, Tree

A certain recluse, I know not who, once said that no bonds attached him to this life, and the only thing he would regret leaving was the sky.

Tags: Him, Life, Regret

Leave undone whatever you hesitate to do.

Tags: Hesitate, Leave, Whatever

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations - such is a pleasure beyond compare.

Tags: Alone, Book, Men

The truth is at the beginning of anything and its end are alike touching.

Tags: Beginning, End, Truth