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

They`re a joke aren`t they? It`s just lots of middle class people applauding a bunch of guys who act stupid and write really primitive music. Then people say `oh it`s so honest" Couldn`t have put it any better.

They didn´t let us play at the Grammy awards cause they thought we weren´t good for the ratings. We were so happy, man...

I`m not afraid of computers taking over the world. They`re just sitting there. I can hit them with a two by four

Radiohead run like the UN, and I`m America.

The others (Radiohead) were all brought up to be polite. I wasn`t.

"The video of `Paranoid Android` has been censored by MTV. They took all nipples out of the cartoon, but they had no problem with the scene in which a man cuts off his own arms and legs."

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.

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

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.

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

Someone needs to tell the truth, but it shouldn`t be my job.

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

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.

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

It is difficult to make political art work.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

My argument would be that I don`t think there is much that`s genuinely political art that is good art.

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.

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.

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.

We don`t have to stand on a soap-box and preach because hopefully we`re channelling it through the new record.

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.

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.

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.

I think escape is sort of like coming to a show with ten thousand other people and responding to that moment. Sharing that moment - that`s escape.

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.

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.

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.

"Us on hard drugs? That would be horrible. We`d probably end up sounding like Bryan Adams."

"I can be very drunk in a club in Oxford on a Monday night and some guy comes up to you and buys you a drink and says that the last record you made changed his life. That means something."

"I`m not afraid of computers taking over the world. They`re just sitting there. I can hit them with a two by four."

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

"People are born with certain faces, like my father was born with a face that people want to hit."


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