- 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.
I pulled my pants down once and tried to take a shit on stage as a protest to an audience who thought we were a ska band. We were thrown out at gunpoint. It was the West Coast in the early ’80s. We were, in fact, opening for a ska band.
Michael Stipe, of R.E.M., on whether there was ever a moment he thought he would never perform again. (This interview has been making the rounds, but for some reason I haven’t seen anyone highlight was is obviously the best quote.)