I’m not proud of the lyrics to ‘Shake It Up.’
I didn’t feel like gymnastics were part of The Cars. I certainly philosophically didn’t want to prod the audience to react to anything. To me, it was more like negative theater. We didn’t really talk to the audience. I didn’t see that being a part of this band.
When I produce other people, that’s the thing I can do well because I’ve been in a band, and I can play the political game and make everybody feel happy, and I can check their performances, and I can work on the sound while they’re being a band.
Sometimes you want to run away, sometimes you think you do, but you never had a dream like this before and you don’t want to ask for more, sometimes you leave a mark before you know the score.
The creative part for me is making songs, and that’s what I really love the most, and that’s what I’ve always done for every band I’ve ever had.
People sometimes say that bands sound like The Cars, but when I hear it I don’t know if they do or not.
People are strange. We’re all morticians. Hey, what’s on TV?
I’ve never been on a water slide in my life.
I often write songs, and when I do, I usually write quite a few of them. I really have to be in the mood.
I don’t think I’m an entertainer. I never think, ‘Wow, I can’t wait to get the crowd moving.’ Some of my favorite bands never moved an inch.
They’re caught where there’s no way out or where you can’t see out. What are you going to do about it? I don’t have the answer. If I did there would be no insane asylums.
People tell me all the time that I look forbidding or aloof. That doesn’t bother me much – I am fairly private, withdrawn, and… distant, I guess. But, um, I think that’s okay.
I could never be a country person, sitting around trees trying to write a song. I would rather be in the middle of society, whether it’s growing or crumbling.
Once they’re on paper, they’re gone. I like to do as much with the words, as far as image goes.
Your high points and your low points. High points don’t last that long, it’s a high and it happens. It’s great at the moment but you really can’t live on it.