Tom Verlaine Quotes

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Tom Verlaine Quotes

Practice? I never practice. I just write songs and take solos.
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You have to have that organizational principle behind the song.

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I just don't like people coming up to me and saying something. It immediately makes you become insincere. There is no way you can react to it sincerely.

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I always hated jazz guitar. I loved jazz saxophone but I hated jazz guitar. If I would buy an organ trio record I would make sure I'd buy one that did not have a guitar player on it. The sound was awful!

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I really don't have that much interest in stardom.

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You can't get so interested in just making sounds. The point of it all is some kind of expression.

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I'm not even sure who my audience is.

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When I think of 'influence', I think of 'influenza', like somebody's picked up a germ.

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I can't presume to speak for the others, but I never felt anything negative from anyone when I was onstage with Television. When I played rhythm behind Lloyd, the only thing that concerned me was to push him as hard as I could so that he'd go beyond what he was capable of and come up with something new, and vice versa. That's the only thing that mattered.

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I told somebody in Europe I was 43. I never tell my true age. It's ridiculous that people ask. The press doesn't deserve anything but lies.

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I don't want any production credit. I think producers are overrated. They're for people who, first of all, don't know anything about music or arranging and have no ear for their own doings. They can't tell a good solo from a bad solo, stuff like that.

— Tom Verlaine

Practice? I never practice. I just write songs and take solos.

— Tom Verlaine

I recently realized that Television has influenced a lot of English bands. Echo and the Bunnymen, U2, Teardrop Explodes - it's obvious what they've listened to and what they're going for. When I was sixteen I listened to Yardbirds records and thought, "God, this is great." It's gratifying to think that people listened to Television albums and felt the same.

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Style to me is incidental. The British are very adept at creating it for its own sake, but the best style is incidental. John Coltrane had a style but it was totally incidental to what he was.

— Tom Verlaine

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