- Hadreas: Umm, I mean I had been listening to exclusively Ace of Base for a long time, and then somehow I got the Liz Phair CD and that completely changed how I thought about music.
- Stipe: Her first record?
- Hadreas: I think I got the second one first. She’s just really very sexual, very nasty and I didn’t even know you could talk about those things, let alone sing about them, [laughs] and I was still--I was terrified to even acknowledge anything sexual about myself at all. I was always, [pause] you know, because I knew it probably wasn’t going to turn out how I had hoped.
- From Stipe's interview with Hadreas on eastvillageboys.com. Via Pitchfork.
“Well-meaning people always manage to tell me something really insulting, like “I totally didn’t agree when they called you a complete idiot loser sell-out whore,” and I’m just like, oh, thanks. But generally, I feel like, I do the creating, they do the bickering.”
“In the early nineties, many of the bands on the label and Matador staffers themselves came from well-educated, upper middle class backgrounds and we wasted no time putting all that good grooming to use “sticking it to the man.” We made up outrageous bios to pass on to legitimate publications like Newsweek and People, we encouraged provocative answers to dull interview questions, basically trying to channel a kind of late-stage Beatles malaise, believing this to be the only way to force mainstream media to focus on the songs and not the performers. The music was all that was left standing once we were finished with our schoolyard shenanigans.”
“Some of them were inspired by my recent infatuation with the Dave Matthews Band, that whole scene… the way they are, the kind of people they are, the way they traversed that artistic landscape, I really admire. I’ve fallen into a habit of going to the shows.”
“Forget the Matrix, forget Avril Lavigne, forget “teen pop” vs “indie rock.” Forget “personal writing” vs “pop songwriting,” for that matter. The difference between “Divorce Song” and “HWC” (and the difference between “Flower” and “Rock Me,” “Mesmerizing” and “Extraordinary” etc) is the difference between good writing and bad writing.”
"Shitloads of Money," Liz Phair. Pixies hero Black Francis made waves today when he told Quietus: "We’re interested in anything that’s going to earn us a fair wage. It’s not to say it’s not about art, but we made that art fucking 20 years ago. So forget the fucking goddamn art. This ain’t about the art anymore. I did the arty farty part. Now it’s time to talk about the money." Liz Phair knows what the man is talking about. Exile in Guyville got Phair plenty of attention, but it didn’t exactly put her in a mansion. She wrote about the issue on Exile's follow-up, Whitechocolatespaceegg, which was considered a flop at the time but sounds much better relative to her subsequent efforts. You can picture Black Francis nodding along to the chorus:
It’s nice to be liked,
But it’s better by far to get paid
I know that most of the friends that I have
Don’t really see it that way
But if you can give ‘em each one wish
How much do you wanna bet —
They’d wish success for themselves and their friends
And that would include lots of money.
She later sold out, got married, had a kid, ran out of ideas, and today she lives in a mansion. Success!