2008 – the year in quotes






"Squirrels mean nothing to me. I killed a couple last weekend, actually. They were eating my garden fence." The Fall's Mark E Smith. Pic: PA Photos



"If George Bush rode past me on a bike, I'd very happily take a ratchet to the back of his head.". Gallows' Frank Carter gets, er, 'political'. Pic : Tim Cochrane


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"There's nothing quite like running a marathon when you're off your head on E." (The Charlatans' Tim Burgess) Pic: PA Photos



"I'm upset because I wrote the song. Oh, I know exactly where it came from. It came [in] the middle of the night, on a piano." Chris Martin responds to accusations by Joe Satriani that Coldplay stole the melody for 'Viva La Vida'. Pic: Tom Oxley



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Katy Perry on stage during the 2008 MTV Europe Music Video Awards at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.
"The fact of the matter is that girls, a lot of the time, smell much better than boys. We smell like vanilla. We smell like watermelon. We smell like strawberries. So, duh!" Katy Perry explains the appeal of kissing girls.



"Drugs are bad. There's a lot of self-delusion. I was in the toilet, a long time ago, with this person when they said, 'I've been clean for nearly 10 years.' And I'm like, 'What do you think we're doing here?'" Lily Allen discusses the perils of cocaine.

15Learjet Crash

** FILE ** In this Sept. 7, 2008 file photo, DJ AM, left, and musician Travis Barker pose backstage at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards held at Paramount Pictures Studio Lot in Los Angeles. A hospital spokeswoman in Columbia, S.C. says former Blink-182 drummer Barker and DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, have been critically injured in a Learjet crash that occurred shortly before midnight on Friday, Sept. 19, 2008 in South Carolina. Federal officials say two crew members and two passengers have been killed. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file) ... 07-09-2008 ... Photo by: Chris Pizzello/AP/PA Photos.URN:6369712
"I've been in surgery after surgery. I have third-degree burns from my feet up to my waist and both hands. I'm just thankful to be alive. I'm just grateful to be here at all." Ex-Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker counts his blessings after surviving a plane crash in South Carolina, September 20. Pic: PA Photos


"I'm going to retire from the music industry because I'm disgusted by it. It's run by rich white men. Now I'm gonna go to Venezuela and go on [Hugo] Chavez's [Venezuela President] TV show." Jon 'The Reverend' McClure quits music, August 2008. The following month he changed his mind, admitting "I got a bit mental".

17Guns n Roses play New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, USA on 12 May 2006

Axl Rose at Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, USA - 12 May 20006
"We are surprised and very happy to have the support of Dr Pepper." Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose responds to Dr. Pepper's offer to provide everyone in America with a free can of soda if the band released 'Chinese Democracy' in 2008 as promised.

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Alison Krauss and Robert Plant at the Mercury Music Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London.
"Everyone's got to eat." Robert Plant comments on rumours that Led Zeppelin are planning a reunion tour without him. Pic: PA Photos



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"There should be at least one offensive statue on everyone's mantelpiece." Muse's Matt Bellamy vows to give his Shockwaves NME Award for Best Live Band to his mum as a Mother's Day gift. Pic: Ed Miles


"It just became un-Libertine." Carl Barat explains why he decided to call time on Dirty Pretty Things. Pic: Joe Plimmer


"It was scary as hell. I lost half a stone. I couldn't sleep. All those bands that said they were our friends who turned around and said, 'Ah, Glastonbury's over now'." Michael Eavis on the struggle to sell tickets for Glastonbury 2008. In the end, good weather and an acclaimed headline performance from Jay-Z ensured the best Glastonbury in years. Pic: PA Photos

Courteeners’ Liam Fray: “The band is my life. When it’s not going great, my life’s not going great”

Fray on the road through darkness that led to new album 'More. Again. Forever.'

Savages’s Jehnny Beth tells us how David Bowie and ‘Peaky Blinders’ shaped her wild solo album

"In my core I felt that there was something that I hadn’t done yet – and that was this record"

Hayley Williams – ‘Simmer’ track review: solo debut from Paramore singer is a dark, twisted pop curveball

The first taste of the Petals For Armor project brilliantly resets the singer’s parameters