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The best quotes of the year 2011

  • Today we're taking a look back at the classic quotes of the year, starting with this gem from Kyle Falconer from The View in the NME Christmas issue: "I'm clean as a whistle! Just got checked – proper cock swab!"

    Photo: Amy Brammall/NME

    Added: 16 Dec 2011

  • Of course Kanye West was good value this year. During his tour he said: "The people I want to be there [at my funeral] are like world leaders. Ones that say, 'Kanye gave me my first shot, he told me to believe in myself'."

    Photo: PA

    Added: 05 Dec 2011

  • Tyler the Creator on Justin Bieber. "I know his bank account’s good but sometimes I know he’s probably like, ‘I don’t want to go to this fucking charity event, I wanna go play Xbox'."

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Added: 03 Aug 2011

  • Liam Gallagher on his Pretty Green clothes as compared to Jay-Z's Rocawear: “You’re going to be fucking arrested wearing his gear and you’re going to pull a really nice-looking bird wearing mine.”

    Photo: Andy Whitton

    Added: 18 Nov 2011

  • Metallica in the Wall Street Journal: "We're a U.S. export the same way Coca-Cola is. We look for the best markets to go to. Right now Indonesia is on my watch list."

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 10 Jul 2011

  • Korn, speaking to Billboard: "We were dubstep before there was dubstep."

    Photo: PA

    Added: 05 Dec 2011

  • The Black Keys in the Guardian: "We've just never given a shit about image, and generally hate people who do. There's nobody Pat wants to punch in the face more than Carl Barat, you know. He looks like a prick, but he reminds me of how I thought I was coming off when I was 23. A dude, y'know."

    Photo: PA

    Added: 18 Apr 2011

  • Azealia Banks, during her NME Radar interview: "There are a lot of fucking weirdos in the music industry. It’s just like dayum, how do you get so weird?”

    Photo: Richard Johnson

    Added: 13 Dec 2011

  • Kreayshawn in GQ: "When I do shows a lot of people throw blunts at me. Sometimes I won’t smoke ‘em because they’re from strangers, so you never know. But sometimes I look into someone’s eyes who has given them to me, I kinda read them and I’ll smoke it. I haven’t had a bad experience yet.”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • Lady Gaga on her sanitary habits: “I quite often pee in my dressing room in the trash can. The bathroom is down the hall and you must get re-dresed. So I said, ‘Fuck it!’”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 07 Nov 2011

  • Florence Welch in a Spin interview: “If a song makes you want to move and run, that’s good. But running outdoors. I’m not very big on the treadmill because it freaks me out. I don’t like running when I’m not going anywhere. I’m kind of like Phoebe from Friends when I run. Lots of flailing.”

    Photo: PA

    Added: 13 Dec 2011

  • Lil Wayne, via GQ: “People ask, 'how does it feel to be sober?’ I’ll be like, ‘It feels fucked up.’ What do you want me to say? ‘It feels great’? No. I was on something that the doctor prescribed. I was ill, and that was helping me. I cannot wait until I get off probation, sweetheart.”

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 23 Mar 2011

  • Alex Turner, in GQ, on his rockabilly look: “I’d had the old shaggy mop for a while. I just thought, time for a change. Matt had had this kinda Joe Strummer thing, and Jamie had got this WWII fighter pilot thing going on and I just fucking wanted to be back in the gang, you know what I mean?”

    Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

    Added: 02 Nov 2011

  • Cole Alexander, as part of our Christmas issue: "A good oyster tastes like Poseidon just jizzed in your mouth."

    Photo: Amy Brammall/NME

    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • Faris, also from the current festive NME: “This interview is all well and good but all I ask is that you don’t make me look like someone from The Wombats.”

    Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

    Added: 14 Oct 2011

  • Example, NME: "I would rather sing about cocaine than being inside someone’s muff."

    Photo: Press

    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • The classic Noel G NME quote: "Liam talks a lot, doesn't he? Unfortunately for him, he's a born liar."

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 18 Nov 2011

  • Nirvana producer Steve Albini on Odd Future: “I spent about 40 minutes with these little pricks at the end of May and I haven’t wanted to strangle anybody that much in a real long time.”

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 16 Dec 2011

  • Nick Brown, Mona: "I've been asked to sign tits, I've been asked to sign a vagina – one time a mother and daughter asked if I wanted to go back to their hotel..." For loads more amazing quotes, grab the double Christmas issue of NME.

    Photo: Dan Dennison/NME

    Added: 16 Dec 2011