The Wisdom Of Jamie T

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The Wisdom Of Jamie T

Jamie T returned earlier this year with a handwritten note announcing new shows. Now he's finished a new album, and is on the cover of this week's NME. Nice to have you back, J - let's celebrate with some of your sagest quotes, shall we?

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First up, on his panic attacks: "The world can seem pretty fucking scary when you're in a big environment. Back then I'd feel dizzy, nearly pass out, puke...Having a few drinks calms you down.

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On those panic attacks: “It’s part of who I am. When I get anxious, I have problems, like thinking I’m going to bite my tongue off or finding it hard to walk. Simple things become incredibly hard. I get problems with fainting, confusion, not being able to use my hands properly. I’ve had it for the last five years. But, y’know, everyone’s a bit fucked up.” Jan 22 2007, Time Out Photo: Tom Oxley

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On London: "I complain about London sometimes, but at the same time I love the place, man. I like old listed buildings and shit. It’s crazy, over-the-top shit, man. It annoys me when they get rid of stuff. I heard they’re knocking down Elephant & Castle and that kind of made me sad. It’s proper old, ’70s London." Jan 22 2007, Time Out Photo: James Looker

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On younger generations: “When you’re young you don’t sit around thinking: Am I worth something? You make yourself worth something. Young people are always pushing things forward. Look at the beat and hippy generations. Everyone thought they were fuck ups, now half of them are doctors, solicitors, people who actually shape what’s going on in the world.” Jan 22 2007, Time Out Photo: Richard Johnson

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On why he doesn’t perform solo: “I know that people do like me playing solo but you get lonely, especially on bigger stages… I want to dance and run about like an arse.” Jan 22 2007, Time Out Photo: Tom Oxley

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On his song 'Sheila': "There’s something that attracts you about storylines like that. I go out every Friday and Saturday and I see people get the shit kicked out of them. It’s not nice, but I’ll be in the pub the next day going, 'Mate, this bloke got the fucking shit kicked out of him last night.' It’s just gossip on record basically. I should work for Heat magazine.” 13 July 06, BBC Collective

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On his reggae influences: “I don’t do it on purpose, it just came with the music I listened to. It does make it easier to rhyme certain words, though. Some people say, ‘You can’t do that’, but I don’t give a shit. I’m not trying to be Jamaican, y’know?” Jan 22 2007, Time Out

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On comments on his lyrics: “Unless anyone has written an album I don’t listen to them. If you’ve never written an album why are you telling me how to write mine? That’s my attitude and no one’s ever questioned me on that. You wouldn’t like it if I told you how to do your job so don’t tell me how to do mine.” 13 July 06, BBC Collective Photo: Richard Johnson

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On performing in clubs: “I do prefer playing clubs than large festivals. There is a certain spontaneity in the atmosphere in clubs.” Sep 25 2007 The Tripwire Photo: PA Photos

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On winning Best Solo Artist at 2007 Shockwaves NME Awards: “Everyone’s drinking, I started to drink when I got there. I don’t remember accepting it. They keep you waiting for so long, it’s like they’re asking you to be plastered and make idiots out of you!”

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On pressure for a second album: “You know, do you want me just to write the same thing again? Or do you want me to suddenly pick up a balalaika, or a harp? Why don’t you just let me do what I do, and we can all be pals?” 02 Sep 2009, Telegraph Photo: Sonia Melot

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On his new house: “It used to be owned by a sculptor. He’d built this glorious shed in the back garden, but he’d never finished the inside. My brother’s a builder, so he did it out for me, sound-proofed it, and got the electrics done. I’ve got my piano in there, my computer, a bunch of guitars, and all my records. I don’t need anything more than that.” 02 Sep 2009, Telegraph Photo: James Quinton

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On Chaka Demus: “It’s only a drum beat,” he shrugs. “I know it’s been used before, but Quentin Tarantino’s been stealing from other films for years, and he gets away with it [with a pretentious lisp] It’s postmodernism!” 02 Sep 2009, Telegraph Photo: PA Photos

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On writing lyrics: “There’s no huge, overwhelming meaning. As long as it works in your own head, and it means something to you, that’s what matters.” 02 Sep 2009, Telegraph Photo: PA Photos

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On ‘Kings & Queens’: “I guess it's a little bit of a 'progression'. We've just wrote 12 more songs four years later so they do sound different, but we haven't strayed too far.” 1 October 2009, 4 Music Photo: PA Photos

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On buying vinyl: "I wiped about six grand's worth of music off my iTunes by mistake; the computer got blocked up so I tried to put my collection on a hard drive, but I accidentally deleted it... so the only thing I own now is vinyl." The Observer, Sunday 28 June 2009 Photo: Sonia Melot

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On Queen: "I texted my mate once to say I thought they were the best pop band in the world, and he texted back: 'That's a funny way of coming out...'" The Observer, Sunday 28 June 2009

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On the younger generations: "Kids today are probably more like kids in Japan. From what I know, they go out in punk rock gear and the next day they're Teddy boys. Culture is changing - it's put on, put off. But I don't think there's anything wrong with that. It's a new generation and all you old cunts can fuck off.” The Observer, Sunday 28 June 2009 Photo: Andy Willsher

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On his 18-month Panic Prevention tour: "I'm not saying it's a hard job, because it's not, but it does take a lot out of you and at the end there's a bit of Vietnam veteran syndrome. I was having a hard time." The Observer, Sunday 28 June 2009 Photo: Andy Willsher

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On ‘Sticks N’ Stones: "It's the idea of, 'I remember you smoking weed in the park and now you're working in the city. What's going on?' I don't really know any stockbrokers, but then again, when you're writing songs, you can make things up.” The Observer, Sunday 28 June 2009 Photo: Ellis Parrinder

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On being asked what his songs are about: “It fucks me off. Find out for yourself! I fucking wrote them - listen to them. I don't want to sit here and talk about them." The Observer, Sunday 28 June 2009

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On playing games with his A+R man: "We rang him and said, 'We think we've got the single. Yeah, we think it's really good, it's wicked.' We'd found all these lift versions of songs and we sent him 'Highway To Hell' with me singing it like wosshisface from AC/DC and it was really horrible. He wasn't amused. I found it fucking funny. Oh well." The Observer Sunday 28 June 2009 Photo: Richard Jonhson

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On his fans: "I still get freaked out when people know who I am, it's still uncomfortable – although I love performing. I can't work it out myself!" The Observer Sunday 28 June 2009 Photo: Tom Oxley

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On having sex in a tent: “First things first: make sure there’s another person there to have sex with, it’d be shit on your own. And put the tent at the top of a hill, you don’t want to be fucking in a puddle of mud.” NME 25 June 2007

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On him as pop star: "I'm not a pop star. Lady Gaga is a pop star. You ask the next person who walks down this street if they know who I am. I consider myself a musician." NME 17 October 2009

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