NME’s quotes of the year

Gobby lot, musicians, aren't they? Always spouting some sort of nonsense. Here are the best words said at NME journalists in the year that was 2018.

Boy George

Culture Club

“I do find myself laughing a lot when I’m on stage because of the things that people do at a concert… I mean, people really don’t know how to behave. They’re on their fucking phones, I go, ‘Is everything OK on the internet? Instagram? Snapchat? Everything fine?’ I am very school teacher on stage.”

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Benny Blanco

Benny Blanco

“‘Love Yourself’ used to be called ‘Fuck Yourself’, but we changed it. I don’t like it when people curse in pop songs. I kind of think it cheapens them, but only in pop songs. I’ve done it before, but I don’t love it.”

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Sean Paul

Sean Paul

“I’ve played tennis doubles against Serena Williams. She beat my ass! Three weeks later, we found out she was pregnant. I was like, ‘Damn! That makes it worse!’”

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Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan

“I’m back into place where I’m just going to do what I want to do. I think I do better that way. Less fight”

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Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn NME

“Noel Fielding has always been a frequenter of fancy cake shops. There’s this one I go to in Soho and he was always in there. He definitely is into cake making though. It’s real.”

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John Carpenter

John Carpenter

John Carpenter

“I’m an old man now, I can’t run around like I used to! I spend most of my time watching basketball and playing video games. I think maybe I’m addicted to playing video games. It’s just so much fun.”

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Kurt Vile

On Redroom rehearsal space:

“It was very David Lynch in there. One time, I accidentally passed out in there and woke up sleepwalking. It was all dark in this warehouse, and I literally thought I was in hell or purgatory for a second until I came to – it was freaking ridiculous! I probably just had a little too much tequila.”

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Charlie Steen, Shame

Shame at Citadel

Shame at Citadel

My mum was like [of Shame’s 100 Club show], ‘Did you see that Liam Gallagher from Oasis is here?’ I was like, ‘Mum, Liam Gallagher’s not 19 – that’s his son.’”

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Heather Baron-Gracie, Pale Waves

Heather Bonham-Gracie Pale Waves live

“Sometimes I feel like I’m gonna die alone because I’m such a particular person,”

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Poppy

 

Poppy

“Robots are starting to take over the world, and we should be aware of it because they’re already walking among us. We only have a short amount of time before they take over. You should surrender to them before it’s too late because they’ll probably try to kill us.”

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Matty Healy, The 1975

Matty Healy The 1975 NME

“People get confused, they can’t understand why a lad their age wouldn’t be wanting to be in The Courteeners or be in a punk band more than my band. It’s because it’s done, lads, it’s done. We’ve done it. It was great but we’ve done it. It’s like, white men shouting has been done so many times.

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Pusha T

Pusha T

 “Ah man, Damon [Albarn]… We toured together and that was good, but that ping pong was like the highlight of the tour. I was here [at The O2] playing ping pong!Damon would kill me, and he’s really good, man. I didn’t know he was that good, he’s super good.”

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Izzy, Black Honey

Izzy Black Honey NME

 “I couldn’t cope with the real world. I can barely work my phone. I’m late for everything. I’m notoriously dysfunctional. Most of the time, I feel like an inept human being in every way. Music is that space where I can really create the person that I really want to be. When I’m with my band I feel fucking invincible.”

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Cole Whittle, DNCE:

DNCE

“One fan had broken into my tour bus and was just sitting in the front lounge area. When I walked in, she got up, didn’t say a word, and handed me an envelope – almost like a top-secret envelope. So I opened it and found a stack of about 30 studio-quality, like, glamour photographs of her pet skunk. She looked me in the eye, shook her head and walked out. And I never saw her again.”

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Johnny Borrell

Johnny Borrell Razorlight

“Looking back of it in the first year of doing Razorlight, I was very much ‘motormouth rent-a-quote’.”

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Marcus Mumford, Mumford & Sons

Marcus Mumford

“I really like Jesus – he seems like a good guy. I’ve got a friend who loves Jesus but wouldn’t call himself a Christian because it comes with so much baggage. We’re part of a generation that doesn’t love being labelled. Some of those tags feel like our parents’ generation, which we might not sign up to.”

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Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice

On Queens of the Stone Age: “They can drink more tequila than anyone ever, I reckon. They’re superhuman. Or we’re just massive pussies…”

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Olly Alexander

Olly Alexander

“Babes, I don’t buy tickets any more. If I don’t get fucking guest list for the Spice Girls tour, I’m quitting the music industry. I’m putting that out there now.”

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Harry Koisser, Peace

Harry Koisser NME Awards

“I always keep a lot of songs to myself but our new manager helped me dig in deep. You know how snakes throw up eggs out of their own mouth? Like that.”

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Charlie Brooker

Black Mirror

“Fucking minced meat is going to become sentient and start crawling out of packaging and strolling away.”

Lizzo

Lizzo

 “What the fuck is a cucumber sandwich? That shit is disgusting. That shit nasty, bro. What the fuck did I just eat? I’d have preferred if it was pickles and cream cheese. Pickle’s got some bite to it.”

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Kim Deal

Kim Deal

Kim Deal

 ““I was in the studio literally recording ‘Cannonball’ when my sister Kelley came down the hallway and said, ‘Pixies broke up’. I said, ‘OK, get out of my way,’”

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Tom Morello

Tom Morello

“If it comes to it that we can’t punch Nazis, then who can we punch, really?”

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Julia Cumming, Sunflower Bean

Sunflower Bean Reading

 “I’m excited by suits. Even horrible $4 suits you get from a thrift store. There’s something about being a woman in a power suit that’s just a really awesome feeling.”

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher live

“I’ve done yoga once but I got stuck. The little geezer was laughing at me, so I thought, ‘I’m taking my mat and I’m off.’”

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Lily Allen

I don’t really debate on Twitter. But if someone posts pictures of my genitals, I will come back at them. In the same way if I walked into the pub and someone went: ‘You fat slag, I just saw your vadge,’ I’d be like… ‘Excuse me!’

 

Aaron Dessner, The National

Aaron Dessner, The National

“We used to call our songs the ugly ducklings. We’d joke with Arcade Fire that we’re just the marathon runners and they’re world-class sprinters. We’re the turtle, they’re the hare”

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Yellow Days

Yellow Days

 “I think I’d get on with Mac DeMarco. Although if we met I’d probably just spend all of the time staring at him, just crying a bit. I don’t think we could share a proper relationship. But I am open to it.”

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Offset, Migos

Offset, Migos shot by Matt Salacuse

Photo: Matt Salacuse

While smoking a blunt in NME’s face:

“We don’t talk about drugs. No comment. It shouldn’t be in the article at all.”

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