Black Francis Quotes.
Everyone thinks I’m a wimp and even my own band hates me. Oh, well. I guess I’ll just flip ’em the bird!
You think you’ve made something really great, but there’s a reason why it’s not resonating the way some previous work did. But it’s not that easy to just replicate. Some people think, “Oh, just go do that thing you used to do before.” But it just doesn’t work like that. It’s a lot more mysterious or slippery.
I drive a lot. Just for pleasure. Sometimes I’ll get in the Cadillac and drive around the city or the country, kind of trying to get lost basically. Y’know, just see where roads lead.
I initially felt shy about doing painting because I wasn’t a professional painter. I almost felt like I didn’t deserve to paint. But I have gradually adopted a different kind of attitude about this.
I’m an untrained musician. Untrained musicians don’t really have any music theory, they don’t have a lot of rules. We break the rules, but it’s mostly because we don’t know what the rules are. It’s easy for us to go to certain places, so I’m not surprised that a lot of people were amused by my songwriting style.
There’s more to life than listening to rock music.
When we’ve got something to say to the world, we will. I’m really happy that people are interested. “So, what’s up with the Pixies record? So, what’s up with the Pixies record?” One guy just kept asking me and asking me in an interview, and I kept saying, “I just got done telling you no, there’s nothing to report.”
I don’t make records that way, where I’m trying to please the marketplace or anything. Not because I have anything against that, it’s just never been a part of my aesthetic, even when I was with the Pixies.
I won’t necessarily make new music because when you make a record there are these great expectations on the side of the record company who are going to produce your record, promoters that are going to do your shows. They want you to do interviews, they want you to play shows. I mean, they want it to be a campaign.
If you’re a good band then the filter of the band is pretty strong.
I’m really inspired by the interplay of visual art and music, a total artistic environment where there’s sound and visuals. When I think about that I get stimulated and excited. It’s a feeling that you can’t label with words.
When you’re a creative person and you create art with other people, whether you’re married to them or not, you’re going to run into creative conflicts. If you’re a couple, certain inhibitions and barriers are gone. I have those barriers with other people, but I don’t have them with my wife.
I’m always looking to rock out. But it isn’t really about rocking out versus being mellow, in terms of your personal satisfaction. In the end, you just want to be good. When you look at something that’s really good, it might be Iggy Pop or it might be Leonard Cohen. Whatever it is, you want it to be really good.
I don’t like to have everything all worked out in my head because there’s always a chance of it coming out different than you think it should anyway.
I listen to Neil Young and jazz and classical stations and, if my girlfriend’s driving, it tends to be Hall & Oates.
I have two step-kids and one of my own on the way. That’s three college funds.
I come from an art history background. I studied at a master’s degree level; I chose to dork out on art for much of my adult life. A lot of my heroes are artists and a lot of my musical heroes have an artistic side.
That’s the most important thing, to get along with people. When you feel like you click with them. That’s more important even then what their background is or what they’ve done before, how good they are, how new they are or whatever. All that stuff is really secondary to just getting along with the person.
Wise is the tongue, wet of perfect thought.
I think that painting is a very ancient form of expression.
The first thing that inspires any song is a chord progression. When I have one I really like, I get into the lyrics even more.
It’s sour grapes, I admit, I want to be more famous so people are examining my work couplet by couplet, you know what I mean? That’s the level where I want to go.
I think everybody has a painter inside of them somewhere.