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When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs, I became basically a singer. I was a drummer who did a bit of singing, and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion.
What keeps me going is a constant sense of disappointment with what I've already done.
We did not get any money from the early records. It was all taken by crooked managers. It is just a gangster's paradise.
Those nations of artists, finding their own individualism, and kind of standing against the world: to me that's the ultimate nightmare. I want to get lost and diffused in the world.
This constant pressure from record companies to come up with a hit single or something like that, I find completely tiresome.
There's no field of music which doesn't have good ideas.
There are singers that I have enjoyed, from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward. But the music that made music the number one thing for me as a youth was jazz.
There are people I would like to work with. It's a bit harder, because I live out in the sticks anyway, and plus being in a wheelchair means that I can't really circulate. So I tend to stick to my own thing.
The things that I draw on, and the world that I feel part of, aren't particularly youth culture.
The most effective instruments do have a vocal quality.
People say, oh it's a shame, you're not nostalgic about the '60s. Well actually, it's quite good, when you think of it. Wouldn't it be sad if I was sitting here wishing it back?
People are quite shocked when you remind them that Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra never wrote a song that they recorded in their lives, as far as I know.
On the whole, I tend not to listen to my peers.
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