The world is full of musicians who can play great, and you wouldn`t cross the road to see them. It`s people who have this indefinable attitude that are the good ones.
As long as my body holds out, I`ll be grooving when I`m 70, and not some sort of horrible spectacle.
The number of contemporary artists who appeal to me is infinitesimal.
They tell me I produced songs. I just stood in the back, wore a good suit and said, Yeah, that`s happening.
Going to Nashville to meet the in-laws was the first time when I`d been in America and not been seen as some sort of eccentric character with a cute accent.
If a hit came along, I wouldn`t be unhappy about that. But I`m a bit too old for that now-doing videos and all those types of TV shows. I`ve kind of done all that, in the `70s.
If anyone comes along, I`m more than happy to welcome them, but I`m not interested in world domination.
All those years we`d spent learning these chops, and all those gigs in Germany where you`d play all night, and along comes punk. It has nothing to do with that. A lot of people went out of business.
Be a military flier or be in a band; those were the two hippest things I could imagine.
You`ve got to really know your song, inside and out.
I work very hard on getting the songs as direct and examined as I can before I go in the studio.
In the `70s, you had to come up with an album every year whether you were ready or not.
I suppose I was waiting until I was old enough to have some sort of experience to sing about. When you`re young, it`s hard to sing the blues. Nobody believes you.
These days, rock `n` roll is much more about rock than about roll. I don`t do rock. But I`m interested in that roll part, because that`s the funny little bit that makes it hip.
Elvis Costello had a brand new bag. He was a musician, but he knew all about the attitude part of it.
When somebody like Elvis Costello comes along, anybody can make a good record with him.
I like being a big fish in a small pond. I`m not interested in a huge audience because it brings headaches.
When punk rock came along, the one thing you were not supposed to be was musical.
I`m playing to the sort of people who like the same records.