2013: Not only a vintage year for albums albums, but also a great year for those who love to give a pithy soundbyte. Starting with this one… “It sounds like a Dr Dre beat, but we’ve given it an Ike Turner bowl-cut and sent it galloping across the desert on a Stratocaster,” said Alex Turner as he introduced the sound of ‘AM’.
“My music has shaken hands with the world somehow… it’s a beautiful disease, and I’m glad I got it.” You should probably go get that checked out, R. Kelly.
“If you’re going to buy a doughnut, eat the fucking doughnut. Don’t have a bite and then chuck it on the floor. Eat the fucking doughnut.” Noel Gallagher reveals his pet hate is people wasting food in an interview with GQ. No wonder he quit Oasis when Liam threw a plum at him.
“[I have] a world view of just being super dedicated to awesomeness, and making things better.” Speaking on Bret Easton Ellis’s podcast, Kanye West’s sets out his manifesto.
“When someone comes up and says ‘I’m a god’, people say, “Who does he think he is?” he says “I’ve just told you who I thought I was: A GOD, I’VE JUST TOLD YOU! Would it have been better if I had a song that said I’m a gangster?” Kanye West speaks his mind.
“Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course… not many”. Morrissey clears up speculation over his sexuality in a post on fansite True To You.
“My neighbour vandalized my house so I had to take action.” – Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin clears up why he attacked his neighbour’s patio with a chainsaw, prompting police to arrest him.
“People always tell me I could be Madonna if I shut up.” Not gonna happen, says MIA, who returned in November with the acclaimed ‘Matangi’.
“We recently put Edward Snowden on our guestlist for a gig in Moscow – with no plus-one of course.” Foals’ Yannis Philippakis tells NME he invited the NSA whistle blower to a recent show.
“They’ll be closing down musicians soon.. It ain’t gonna get any better. One day they might come up with an alternative to shuvving everything into a computer… Eggs… Baskets… Digital is a con.” Graham Coxon reacts to the news that HMV had entered administration.
“I snorted half of Peru.” Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler on his struggle with drugs.
“Effigies. Indulgences. Anarchist. Violence. Chthonic. Intimidation. Vampyric. Pantheon. Succubus. Hostage. Transference. Identity. Mauer. Interface. Flitting. Isolation. Revenge. Osmosis. Crusade. Tyrant. Domination. Indifference. Miasma. Pressgang. Displaced.” David Bowie breaks his silence on ‘The Next Day’.
“Noel does quite a bit but that’s his fucking thing: splitting up Oasis and putting half the fucking songs in your fucking set, it’s schizophrenic. If you want to play fucking Oasis songs put the band back together and stop being a fucking gobshite.” Liam Gallagher
“A midlife fucking crisis?! That’s just how I roll, mate. I could never have one. It’s just a crisis all the time.” Life’s a rollercoaster for Liam Gallagher.
“We’re keeping it surreal.” Harrison Koisser of Peace shares with NME the group’s DIY psychedelia mantra.
“They’re the most exciting band I’ve seen since I watched a YouTube video of us.” Dominic Boyce of Peace bigs up next-big-things Superfood.
“People say. ‘Hey, do you think [the ‘Blurred Lines’ video] is degrading to women?’ I’m like, Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I’ve never gotten to do that before.” You charmer, Robin Thicke.
“Obviously, it’s good. You think a Canadian child actor would be this successful as a rapper if he wasn’t good? The dude was sitting on 25 mil at age 25!”. Vampire Weekend’s Ezra, reviewing Drake’s latest album.
“His hands were doing the water-flowing 21-form of tai chi. His eyes were wide open. I was holding in my arms the person I loved the most in the world, and talking to him as he died. His heart stopped. He wasn’t afraid.” Laurie Anderson recalls watching Lou Reed pass away
“I can’t say I love the idea of a banker liking our music, or David Cameron. I can’t believe he’d like [Radiohead’s last album] ‘The King Of Limbs’ much. As long as he doesn’t use it for his election campaigns, I don’t care. I’d sue the living shit out of him if he did.” Thom Yorke.
“Britpop was massively pushed by the government. Someday it would be interesting to read all the MI5 files on Britpop. The wool was pulled right over everyone’s eyes there,” My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields floats the idea that Oasis and Blur were a Labour government conspiracy in a Guardian interview.
“It’s almost punk rock to like me because it’s not the right thing to do. Like, society wants to shut me down… I’m literally all everyone’s talking about.” Miley Cyrus basks in the controversy of her MTV VMAs performance.
“I arrived last night. I went to Shangri-La, I saw the Arctic Monkeys, I couldn’t get up the tower because the queue was too big.” You’d have thought Michael Eavis could have skipped Mick Jagger to the front of the line ahead of the Stones’ triumphant Glastonbury headline performance.
“That’s why, to me, Spotify is such a massive battle. Because it’s about the future of all music, it’s about whether we believe there is a future in music. To me this isn’t mainstream, to me this is the last desperate fart of a dying corpse.” Thom Yorke lets Spotify have it.