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Quotes From Paul
who brings out that old Sixties revivalist tag now is an obvious arsehole.
We’re not reviving anything and we’re as influenced by contemporary bands
as much as anything else….probably more so than we’ll admit. I still love
all the Pistol singles. They are still one of my favourite ever groups.
a ghost once in Italy. I was petrified….So I got up and wrote the third
verse to ‘The Bitterest Pill’.
of the unreleased stuff’s good, although I wouldn’t say there are any unheard
classics - no singles. Although there’s perhaps one that could have been.
So it covers early and late material, although everything is from ’79 onwards.
Anything earlier than that has either been lost or nicked, I guess!
does George Michael expect? Live by the tabloids, die by the tabloids.
believed then, as I believe now, that if a song still sounds good when you
sit down and play it with just a voice and a guitar then you know you’ve
got a good song. With ‘Eton Rifles’ I sat down and figured it all out before
I played it to anyone. And I can understand how tough it can be on Rick
and Bruce when I presented them with a song like that and virtually told
them when to play. It must have been especially frustrating for Bruce because
he has such a distinctive style. But ‘Eton Rifles’ was an exception. Most
of the time all I had were rough ideas and fragments, and we’d hammer them
out together, with everybody contributing ideas.
music industry isn’t worried about politics. Their only objective is to
sell records, and it makes life easier for them if you’re singing about
girls and cars.
sound man’s always trying to get me to try new, different guitars because
the Rickenbacker sound on stage is so uncontrollable, but I just go for
of the songs that didn’t go on the ‘All Mod Cons’ album were fairly abstract.
They were very weird, very diverse. A lot of the songs were written on the
States tour and it shows! ‘Sunday Morning’ was just totally weird. It was
a really ridiculous country and western type tune, the sort of thing that
Bert Weedon would do! ‘I Want To Paint’ was like this great fucking poem
that was to be read out against the backing of a strummed A chord. Very
weird stuff. That was during a period when I felt that I had to be sort
of clever when I wrote, which is the wrong idea to have, really. There were
some very pretentious songs, a lot of clever lyrics which would mean nothing
more to anyone. It wasn’t really The Jam. It wasn’t us…and we were thankful
when the album was scrapped.