The wind is a very difficult sound to get. It’s always changing.
– Captain Beefheart
I needed to purge myself of all the attention my parents had given me – I wasn’t neglected enough as a child.
I don’t do lullabyes.
You can almost judge how screwed up somebody is by the kind of toilet paper they use. Go in any rich house and it’s some weird coloured embossed stuff.
I’d rather play a tune on a horn, but I’ve always felt that I didn’t want to train myself. Because when you get a train, you’ve got to have an engine and a caboose. I think it’s better to train the caboose. You train yourself, you strain yourself.
Johnny Rotten. He’s a big fan of mine. I used to see him out in the audience in England and he’d stand up and holler. He’s funny. Smart too, and a nice guy. Don’t think he’s a jerk because he isn’t.
I’m interested in playing, not working.
I would never kill a living thing, although I probably have inadvertently while driving automobiles.
I think Shakespeare is really the one. Words as music and music as words. Everything he wrote was good, which is really frightening.
I don’t even know what sound is, much less what it’s for. It isn’t to make money that’s for sure. I’ve never made any.
When I see a dolphin, I know it’s just as smart as I am.
But I have been in some very beautiful churches, then I’ve looked outside and seen people starving to death.
The stars are matter, we’re matter, but it doesn’t matter.
I don’t think artists are made, I think they’re born.
I think most people try to get others to see through their eyes.
I’d never just want to do what everybody else did. I’d be contributing to the sameness of everything.
I live in a Mobile Home – I’ve never had a house, except once; I rented a log cabin.
Most of modern rock and roll is a product of guilt.
James Brown is important because he decorates the clock correctly and he’s good with lower mathematics. Don’t get me wrong – he’s good.
Man has done a lot to make himself dangerous and animals get the worst of all of it. But then, man too is an animal.
Bob Dylan impresses me about as much as… well, I was gonna say a slug but I like slugs.
I don’t look like a desert person because I stay indoors most of the day and fool around at night. That’s what the desert animals do – they don’t have a tan either.
You can tell by the kindness of a dog how a human should be.
That Sid Vicious was obviously a schizophrenic, kind of a mean one too.
I have no neighbours other than animals and Joshua Trees.
With my voice and my band, I can do anything.