Julian Casablancas' 35 best quotes

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Julian Casablancas' 35 best quotes

A very happy birthday to the Strokes' Julian Casablancas, who turns 36 today (August 23)! Here's to another year of effortless style, killer songs and brilliant soundbites - such as this one: "Lou Reed is on the Mount Rushmore of rad dudes." Well, quite. Here's another 34 classic Casablancas quotes.

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Julian Casablancas' 35 best quotes

Julian on Bob Marley: "It's not just the fucking music - it's the emotion, the political aspect, the fucking insane righteousness on all levels. Like I said, he's the shit." We can't argue with that.

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On the balance of life: "Just slow it down enough to enjoy the ride."

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On making music in the Big Apple: "If you don't play music in New York and record it in New York it definitely affects it. People used to ask me about that and I was like, 'I don't know' which was kind of stupid of me, because yeah, if you're in a sunny place and you pick up a guitar... it's just not the same."

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Apart from the NME interview Julian Casablancas hasn't spoke in public for quite a while. He did take to Twitter in 2013 to comment on animal captivity: "Fuck zoos"

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On his solo live ambitions: "Ideally, I'm going to try to put on some over-the-top, amazing, Disney shows. You know when you feel like you're in a weird world, like the Epcot Centre or something?" (NME, August 2009). Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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On heroin: "Doing heroin is like walking around with a terrorist as your friend. It's like taking a terrorist around to parties You never know when it's going to blow up on you." (The Guardian, 2003). Photo: PA Photos

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On the importance of music: "Your girlfriend can leave you and your mother will yell at you, but when you start feeling like it's hurting the music, then it's a bad mistake." (The Guardian, 2003). Photo: PA Photos

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On what inspired The Strokes: “"It's that feeling when you hear your favourite song. That feeling, whether you're in a car, at a party or alone at home or in bed and you hear this song and it just hits you so strong - that’s what we aim for." (Dutch TV interview, July 2001).

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On kissing each other: "It's when we fuck around and get fucked up - but it's not an important tradition with us or anything. It's just something that people catch us doing every now and then make a big deal out of." (The Face, 2002). Photo: Dean Chalkey

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On his hometown: "I love New York. The only thing is, when you're here, you constantly feel like you've got to get out. Human evolution didn't mean for people to be in a city like this all the time. You get so fucking aggressive. You want to fight all the time." (NME, 2001). Photo: PA Photos

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On talking dirty: "At college these people invited me to hang out. Then they said, 'OK, what's your favourite sexual position?' I was like, 'What the fuck I doing here?' I didn't answer then and I'm not answering now." (NME, 2002). Photo: Dean Chalkley

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On boarding school: "I was punished all the time. I had to wake up at six in the morning to jog around the school. I'd get caught for smoking or whatever. It sucked. There were a lot of Turkish people in Versace jeans. It was a culture shock." (NME, 2001) Photo: Andy Willsher

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On groupies: "It's funny, though, because although we really like girls, it's almost as if we like each other better. We'll definitely go get laid, but we won't hang out with the girl and be like, 'Oh I love you', we'll go straight back to the band." (NME, 2001). Photo: Alex Maguire

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On being rich kids: "We don't cover any of that up. But it's not like my dad was friends with some record label guy and got us a deal. I was bartending, trying to book local shows, pretty much like everyone does. But I can imagine how people would perceive us as assholes.” (The Face, 2002). Photo: Andy Willsher

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On being a heavy drinker: "I don’t shake at the site of alcohol anymore. I don’t feel the need for it. If anything I’ll get stoned. I always told myself if it got to the point that it was affecting my songwriting and music that I’d stop. And it did get to the point." (Something Glorious, 2006). Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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On human stupidity: "It was 100,000 years before we figured out what to do with fire. Imagine cavemen, sitting in front of a fire, eating raw meat for 100 thousand years.” (Rolling Stone, 2002). Photo: Patricia Brown

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On hedonism: "I kinda like messing with perception a little bit. Kind of what drugs do sometimes, and drinking. I mean, you know, you mess with your mind a little bit to see life from different angles. Within reason, if you can handle it." (The New Music, 2006). Photo: Dean Chalkey

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On pop music: "Why does everything that has to be big and popular suck? I got a problem with that, so I'm trying to do something about it." (Rolling Stone, 2003). Photo: Dean Chalkley

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On looking cool: "You know how bands have to decide what to wear onstage. We just decided that we would wear what we wanted to wear onstage all the time, so we wouldn't have to think about it." (Rolling Stone, 2003). Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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On his songwriting idols: "When I hear Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come', it frustrates me because no matter how hard I try, I can never be that good." (Rolling Stone, 2003). Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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On the greats: "I don't listen to much music. Most of the time I stick with the important artists – Bob Marley, The Doors, The Velvet Underground - and I don't want to waste my time with anything less." (New York, January 2006). Photo: PA Photos

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On creative inspiration: "The best artists are the ones that work the hardest, and if you work hard enough, you'll eventually experience the happy accidents that are art. I learned that from my stepfather." (New York, January 2006). Photo: PA Photos

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On binge-drinking: "I drank a lot since I was 14. I couldn't really take it any further. I reached that turning point somewhere in the darkness." (MTV, 2003). Photo: PA Photos

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On the music press: "The British press can be so annoying. They jerk you off with one hand and smack you with the other." (MTV, 2003). Photo: PA Photos

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On being misconstrued: "It's like an inner struggle for me, between saying I don't give a shit and trying to make it work. You want to do the right thing, but I'm sick of people thinking I'm difficult." (New York, January 2006). Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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On disillusionment: “I feel like I've given up a lot of my fantasies. I just want to do things differently, and to a lot of people that's annoying. I like weird stuff. I always hoped if we had a big success it would be on our own terms…" (VH1, 2006). Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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On music videos: "The idea of lip-synching to songs on a film just seems retarded to me." (The Times, 2003). Photo: PA Photos

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On being selfish: “I feel slightly confused about certain things. Practical and tactical things. When you try to make everyone happy… in the end you've got to make yourself happy." (The Times, 2003). Photo: PA Photos

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On fame: "My opinion is that huge iconic success seems to damage people. Some people got damaged by drugs. Some got destroyed by being on top of the world. Like Michael Jackson." (NME, 2008). Photo: PA Photos

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On identity: “One way or another people are gonna get to know you. If it's not true it won't last. If it's true that I'm an asshole, what can I do about it? The whole rock star thing is not for me, at all.” (The Independent, November 2005). Photo: Pieter M van Hattem

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On his musical epiphany: "When I was probably 13 or 14, my brother bought me a Velvet Underground CD, and I just loved it." (The Independent, November 2005). Photo: PA Photos

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On musical discovery: "My stepdad sent me this tape of 'The Best of The Doors'. That night I stayed in my room and just played it over and over again, every instrument, every word, the way the choruses fit and then - poof! - it was like 'The Matrix'. I knew how music was built." (The Observer, 2001). Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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On his legacy: "I want to be one of those people, be they writers, poets, musicians, who leaves clues for the next generation. The really good people leave clues that help feed the human race. That's my aspiration." (The Observer, 2001).Photo: PA Photos

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On success: "I'm really grateful. But I never had the rock star dream. I thought it would be cool to be a modern-day composer." (The Observer, 2001).

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