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!"
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'."
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'."
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.”
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."
Korn, speaking to Billboard: "We were dubstep before there was dubstep."
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."
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?”
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.”
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!’”
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.”
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.”
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?”
Cole Alexander, as part of our Christmas issue: "A good oyster tastes like Poseidon just jizzed in your mouth."
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.”
Example, NME: "I would rather sing about cocaine than being inside someone’s muff."
The classic Noel G NME quote: "Liam talks a lot, doesn't he? Unfortunately for him, he's a born liar."
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.”
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.