Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

Frank Turner is taking a side step from his folk-rock roots and is set to release a metal album with hardcore band, Mongol Horde. The band’s debut is out May 26. Never one to keep his opinions to himself, we look back at some of the most memorable Turnerisms, covering everything from Maggie Thatcher’s death to the NME awards.

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On criticism: “The very first time somebody called me a sell-out, was when I did a tour in a van that had seats in it.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On politics: “The BNP are a hard left party. Leftist politics lead to the misery of many, the crushing of the little guy.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On the internet: “The instinctive egalitarian democrat in me thinks that it’s a good thing, but at the same time it means that every bored, ignorant, bile-filled arsehole can send me hatemail. And they do.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On instruments: “I fucking hate the ukulele, just so you know.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On opening up his email address to fans: “I think breaking down the barrier between musicians and everyone else is important. It shows people there’s no secret password, no clique.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On American press: “American newspapers are dogshit.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On song writing: “It is an emotional thing, at the end of the day one creates in order to express yourself. I'm doing this stuff because I have to make music, I have to make sounds to scratch a certain itch in myself that I can't adequately describe.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On Margaret Thatcher’s death: “It’s been kind of a pain in the arse to be honest with you. I don’t believe in celebrating someone’s death, it’s a pretty basic social tenet for me, regardless of the politics behind it.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On the backlash at his political views: “The entire centrality of my view of politics is that I’m anti-authoritarian. I don’t think anyone has the right to order anyone else around. People were calling me a c*nt because my dearest burning desire was to leave them alone and not have any dominion over their lives. It put me off any public discussion of politics, I just don’t care enough.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On self-development: “You can create the type of person that you wanna be. You’re not condemned by your background or by your start in life or whatever. If you wanna be something you can make yourself be it.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On the music press: “When I was a teenager, my parents actually banned me from buying music magazines. At the very age when my friends were going out to buy porn magazines and sneaking them home up their jumper I was doing the exact same thing with music magazines.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On Eton: “When I was 13 I got a scholarship to Eton College. I felt very disjointed with my schooling; I really wasn’t part of that particular world. There was an awful lot of people on the punk scene who really rejected us when they found out where we went to school though which was kind of a bummer. Really? You guys hate us as well?!”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On winning celebrity Mastermind: “Some people were griping about me being on show, but it was a bit of fun and it raised like five grand for Shelter, so shove it up your arse.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On having his album leaked: “It’s funny because we knew exactly who it was and I called them. I told them that they were a motherf*cking son of a bitch arsehole.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On missing England whilst on tour: “There’s part of me that wants to go and sit in a pub and eat a fry-up and watch cricket on the TV and read an English newspaper.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On people getting Frank Turner tattoos: “Quite a few people recently have been getting the ‘FTHC’ logo done as a tattoo and that’s shows more loyalty to me as a person rather than a lyric from a song which makes me slightly worried for that person. You know, what if I suddenly decided that I’m a white supremacist or something? I won’t be a white supremacist though, I promise.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On piano lessons: “My piano teacher told me that I was unmusical and that I should go and do something else with my life because I never practiced.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On David Cameron: “David Cameron is a twat. He carries himself with the attitude that he’s Prime Minister because he thinks he should be, which is a deeply unpleasant trait. I wouldn’t vote for that c**t.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On fans: “I’m not a big fan of the word fan because it just seems a bit Marie Antoinette-ish.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On romance: “I don't really feel like I spend my life besieged by rabid females.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On the music industry: “Big labels throw wads of cash around and good bands die on their arses, whilst bad bands get millions of pounds. It's all screwed up.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On future plans: “I’d like to learn how to do cryptic crosswords. That's true, I really would. I can't do them, no idea, and it troubles me that I can't do them. I feel like I should be able to.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On his audience: “I don't want my sole audience to be angry white men. That's f*cking tedious to me.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On maintaining a political viewpoint: “I still get f***ed off about stuff and shout at people within a five mile radius about how annoyed I am by our surveillance society, or whatever it might be.”

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Frank Turner's 25 Most Incendiary Quotes

On the NME awards: “It’s not really my scene to be honest, red carpets and paps and everyone trying to be cooler than everyone else.” Cheers Frank!

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