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We don't have to stand on a soap-box and preach because hopefully we're channelling it through the new record.

I don't see it in terms of changing things, but rather using language and music as weapons for fighting a mainstream media which is predominately right wing, and loyal to the political framework and its corporate interests.

Well, my son really loves wildlife. And everytime he draws a polar bear I want to tell him there probably won't any by the time... he's my age. That's kinda hard to deal with.

One of the interesting things here is that the people who should be shaping the future are politicians. But the political framework itself is so dead and closed that people look to other sources, like artists, because art and music allow people a certain freedom.

My songs are my kids. Some of them stay with me, some others I have to send out, out to the war. It might sound stupid and it might even sound naive, but that's just the way it is.

I think the most important thing about music is the sense of escape.

And I know I'm paranoid and neurotic, I've made a career out of it.

I'm not afraid of computers taking over the world.

Sometimes the nicest thing to do with a guitar is just look at it.

I grew up believing that I was fundamentally powerless.

I've never believed that pop music is escapist trash. There's always a darkness in it, even amidst great pop music.

I think no artist can claim to have any access to the truth, or an authentic version of an event. But obviously they have slightly better means at their disposal because they have their art to energize whatever it is they're trying to write about. They have music.

I think maybe since there isn't a great deal of access to the mainstream media and people don't understand the language of mainstream media, if you put music out there with lyrics that are loosely political, people absorb some of it and spit it back out.

Being in a band turns you into a child and keeps you there.

I think sometimes all the charities are doing is mopping up the blood. It's a shame.

The people in charge, globally, are maniacs. They are maniacs, and unless we do something about it these people are going to deprive us of a future.

I think we're entering a very dangerous time. The West has set itself up, decided it's in charge, not for good intentions, not for the benefit of mankind.

At home I've got a very puerile, juvenile sense of humour.

It is difficult to make political art work.

My argument would be that I don't think there is much that's genuinely political art that is good art.