September 30, 2003Off-beat)
"I handed him forty dollars and told him, 'This is for sneaking into your show in London.'"
-Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman on his interaction with U2's Bono. Switchfoot albums include The Beautiful Letdown, Learning to Breathe, New Way To Be Human, The Legend of Chin and The Early Years: 1997-2000, which collects their first three albums. The Live in San Diego DVD is also available. (Source: RollingStone, September 24, 2004)
September 29, 2003Artistry)
"Britney Spears doesn't rock. She's a mechanical pop robot, OK? Basically she's a puppet. Although Britney Spears isn't as bad as Christina Aguilera when it comes to showing skin ... Christina shows a lot more. They both seem to be competing with each other ... It doesn't offend me. It's just tragic. It's really sad. ... Don't feel like you have to sell sex just to get people to listen to you."
September 25, 2003Business)
"I make my living from playing live, so if the whole record industry went pffft and landed on its face, I'd still be able to go out there and sing like the Lollipop Guild and hope someone throws a dollar in my hat."Family)
"My wife went down there [Costa Rica] and left me with our twins. I was fine, they did fine, they behaved. Then she came back and they started misbehaving directly -- waah! -- as soon as she walked in the door. They behave for me because I hang them upside down by their legs."Responsibility)
"The opportunity to influence anyone's life for the better is a great responsibility."
-P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby, who will make his first appearance on P.O.D's next album, Payable On Death. Other P.O.D. albums include Satellite, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, The Warriors EP, Brown and Snuff the Punk. The Still Payin' Dues DVD is also available. (Source: Teen People, October 2003)Artistry)
"Our stuff is always gonna be inspiring. If P.O.D's having a bad day, we're not gonna come in and write sad songs. It's not how we are."
-P.O.D. bassist Traa Daniels talking about their upcoming album, Payable On Death. Other P.O.D. albums include Satellite, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, The Warriors EP, Brown and Snuff the Punk. The Still Payin' Dues DVD is also available. (Source: Teen People, October 2003)Celebrity)
"I want to encourage kids ... to look up to people who have changed the world. We've never changed the world. Look at astronauts or doctors or Nelson Mandela."Inspiration)
"I feel good knowing I've made a difference in somebody's life."Artistry)
"Being a rebel is about making an impact and making people do a double take."Inspiration)
"My heroes in art, literature, music and politics made a virtue out of being different. That made my being different a lot easier to bear."
-Moby (Source: ElleGirl, September/October 2003)Artistry)
"It's already happening. But the difference with me is that I'm a survivor. I won't be crucified. I decided a long time ago that I could achieve my vision. The weak are crushed. The weak are killed. I'm not one of them."
-Brody Armstrong, lead singer of the Distillers, on people reading into their latest album's cover art, which depicts a nude woman being crucified with blood gushing from her side. (Source: Blender, October 2003)
September 23, 2003Celebrity)
"They make great bookends. I was happy to get the fourth one."
-Petra guitarist Bob Hartman, on Grammy Awards. While Petra has won four Grammy's, they admit that those who vote for the Grammy Awards don't know much about Christian music, so the awards are more a result of name recognition. Petra recently released Jekyll & Hyde, marking more than 30 years in the music industry. (Source: CCM, September 2003)Inspiration)
"David Crowder Band is at the top of that list because they are honest and real in their passion for worshiping God. Their music really encourages me to move over and let God come down."Spirituality)
"A lot of people who grow up in church don't take those teachings with them when they go outside. We can help somebody else get through rough times just through what we've been taught about God. Especially being a young African-American musician, I see so many of my own brothers and sisters not trying to deliver a good message in a world today. All these people have all these talents and have nothing good to say about life. If I don't sell a million records, but if we help people move toward being a better person in life and lean more toward believing in God, that will mean a lot."Spirituality)
"It's about being torn between -- I hate to say this because it sounds so churchy -- the old [human] nature and the new [godly] nature. I just prefer to say the midnight and the dawn. I want people to understand that it's OK. Let's not be in denial of that anymore because we are destroying people's faith by saying you've got to have it all together. That denies the whole story of the gospel. Christ came to give me eternal life and abundant life now, but what abundant life looks like may not be what you think. It could be a war every day of your life."Business)
"Down the road, you realize that it's impossible to [ignore the business side of music] if you have a brain, any desires in life, or you want to make a living. It is unfortunate that the business and the creative sides should ever cross paths. But they're forced to. The business side of things dumbs down the creative process. It puts strain on it and makes it into something unnatural and forced. That has become something that's been unavoidable and very disappointing."
September 22, 2003Crime)
"I want to be effective in office. I want to be appropriate in whatever I do. ... If I was ineffective, I'd quit today."
-South Dakota Representative Bill Janklow on whether or not he'll resign in the face of manslaughter and misdemeanor charges for speeding and running a stop sign, which caused a collision that killed one person. (Source: Star Tribune, September 22, 2003)Spirituality)
"We're not here to preach. We respect people for what they believe. Most bands in the music scene we're in are anti-religion and I understand that. But some people actually hate us. Grow up!"
-Mike Herrera, of MxPx, responding in 2000 to criticism about the band's Christian beliefs. MxPx just released their latest album, Before Everything and After. (Source: ReALMagazine.com, July 4, 2000)Spirituality)
"My mama always told me that the higher you go, you're going to pay a price. And you've got to believe that God's got your back."
-R. Kelly, who faces trial later this year on 21 counts of child pornography. If convicted, Kelly could face a lifetime of jail as the most infamous sex offender in the U.S. (Source: Blender, October 2003)Crime)
"Osama Bin Laden is the only one who knows exactly what I'm going through."Sexuality)
"Cheating is bad. That's a big mistake I've made, and I've really hurt people. I've never lied about it, though. I've always been honest."
-18-year-old Bonnie McKee, self-proclaimed sex-pot and pop-star-to-be, about cheating on her husband. (Source: Blender, October 2003)
"Catholicism is complete and utter bullsh*t, and if that offends people, oh well."Politics)
"That peace is the most important thing. And in that, I think love is included. Above all things, it's the most righteous. Not war for peace, not guns or bombs for peace. Peace itself, a natural state."Family)
"People only talk about what a joyous experience it is, but there is terror: Your life, as you know it, is over. It's over the day that child is born. It's over, and something completely new starts."
September 21, 2003Family)
"To my son, Michael, I promised I would do this: Thbbbt!"
-Sopranos star James Gandolfini, during his acceptance speech at the 2003 Emmys. (Source: Fox, September 21, 2003)Appearance)
"I'm not gonna come out on this record and show my crotch or anything. That's not me. I would never do anything like that. It's all in the way you do stuff, all in the way you carry things. The music is most important to me."Appearance)
"I think every photo shoot I've done has been tasteful. I'll never be a vamp-vixen-sex goddess."
September 18, 2003Appearance)
"It's really silly. I wrote a song called 'Bootylicious,' maybe three years ago. And now the word is in the dictionary. To be honest, I hate the word. ... I'm glad I wrote it. It's a fun song. It's just a word, like someone is feeling confident. I wrote it because I was gaining weight, and I felt like for all the people that feel like I do right now, I'm going to write this song and make people proud of their curves. But now everywhere I go, everybody is saying, 'booty-this' and 'booty-that' and it's really irritating."
September 16, 2003Spirituality)
"It's the Christ story for an American audience, with a lot of action."Spirituality)
"We're doing the Lord's work. I'm here to be His servant."
-Carson Kressley, the flamboyant fashion guru from the hit summer series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." (Source: MSN Entertainment)Technology)
"Record companies sueing 12-year-old girls for file-sharing is kind of like horse and buggy operators sueing Henry Ford."
-Moby (Source: Moby.com, September 10, 2003)
September 15, 2003Off-beat)
"I know you love us both the same, but who do you think is funnier, me, or SpongeBob SquarePants?"
September 12, 2003Inspiration)
"By the end I was really on the verge of tears. At the end of it, there was just dead silence. There was, like, this moist clearing of our throats and then, 'Uh, okay, let's get some coffee."
-Trent Reznor, describing his reaction to watching Johnny Cash's video of the song "Hurt," (or watch the 9 MB Quicktime version here) originally written and performed by Reznor's Nine Inch Nails. "Hurt" appeared on the America IV: The Man Comes Around album. (Source: Quoted in Spiritual Journeys: How Faith Has Influenced 12 Music Icons)Life & Death)
"Oh, I expect my life to end pretty soon. You know, I'm 71 years old. I have great faith, though. I have unshakeable faith."
-The late Johnny Cash, speaking in August 2003, one month before he died. (Source: MTV.com, August 2003)Spirituality)
"I used to [have regrets]. But I forgave myself. When God forgave me, I figured I'd better do it, too."
-The late Johnny Cash. (Source: MTV.com, August 2003)Inspiration)
"Locusts and honey ... not since John The Baptist has there been a voice like that crying in the wilderness. ... Every man knows he is a sissy compared to Johnny Cash."
-Bono's tribute to Johnny Cash, who died today, in the liner notes of the 2002 release The Essential Johnny Cash. Cash collaborated with U2 in the song "The Wanderer" from 1993's Zooropa. (Source: CNN, February 26, 2002)Artistry)
"Ignore it. Do what you do. You can't let people delegate to you what you should do when it's coming from way in here [taps heart]. I wouldn't let anybody influence me into thinking I was doing the wrong thing by singing about death, hell and drugs. Cause I've always done that. And I always will."
-Johnny Cash, who died today, giving advice to rappers criticized for focusing on death and violence. (Source: MTV.com, August 2003)Inspiration)
"Johnny Cash is what a country like this needs, which is a soul. He is someone that is the soul of America and in this day and age we really need more people like him, though I don't think there's ever gonna be anybody like him."Inspiration)
"Nothing is as macho as Johnny Cash's voice. A real threat you will not find in a 22-year-old. You just won't. You can dress him up in leather pants, you can have him throw his TV out the hotel window. He can roar in front of all manner of white noise, but there's no real threat when you're a teenager, when you're in your 20s or when you're [in your] 30s. The real sh-t, or what they say in New Orleans, the other kind of sh-t, comes from the perspective of being in the trenches and having been around a while. All the blues guys had it. Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King. Johnny Cash has that and the voice of authority for me."Inspiration)
"I've never met a man who combined spiritual depth, musical ability, and international fame with such grace, charm, and humility as Johnny."
-Billy Graham, describing the late Johnny Cash who died today. (Source: Cash by Johnny Cash, 1997)
September 10, 2003Materialism)
"I have realized that material possessions don't really bring that much happiness. I'm not suggesting that money doesn't help, because it does. It's certainly better than wondering where your next meal is going to be. But, at the same time, if you're wondering where your next meal is coming from, you're not thinking about when you're going to die."Artistry)
"I actually didn't want to have control of the writing on my first album. To write, you have to have time to connect with yourself. I don't have that time right now, because I'm so busy."Sexuality)
"I've never talked about my sexual experiences. Or any lack of. Or anything. Because I just don't. And I never have because that's private."
-Beyonce Knowles, denying that she's ever spoken out in favor of abstience, or ever talked about her sexual experiences in general. Oddly, she spoke with SkyNews on August 28, 2003 about her sex life, heartily agreeing that it messes up her vibe when one of her own songs come on the radio while she's having sex. (Source: Relevantmagazine.com, September 10, 2003; Quotables, August 28, 2003)Politics)
"You bunch of pitiful, hypocritical, idiotic, spoiled mugwumps. Get your head out of the sand and smell the Twin Towers."Place)
"It's just a pathetic city."
September 8, 2003Celebrity)
"I don't want the person that I meet someday to buy into that. I don't want the love of my life to grill me for the first three weeks that I'm with her, saying, 'You do this to all the girls.' There's nothing worse than that. Thanks Kid Rock. Thank you very much. Because now every girl I want to meet sees the rock star as the guy guzzling the beer with a bunch of hats. And I don't wear hats and I don't guzzle beer. I get on the bus. I check e-mail, put on some dry undies and watch Old School again."Off-beat)
"'Touch of My Hand' is about, you know, touch of my hand."Artistry)
"If we lose fans because kids just genuinely don't like the record I made, if that's the case, I'm sorry to see you go, but that's a real honorable way to turn your back on a band. I can understand if I didn't come through for you personally, if you prefer the other records. I'm sorry that you didn't like it. I like it. It's what I needed to do. I could not be prouder of this record. And if you hate it solely because it's popular, then that's not my problem."
-Dashboard Confessional lead-singer Chris Carrabba responding to long-time fans put off by the sudden popularity of their new album, A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar. Other Dashboard Confessional albums include The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most, Swiss Army Romance and MTV Unplugged. (Source: Spin, October 2003)Inspiration)
"For old actors, just remember that inside you're only 14. Acting is for kids. It's only kids who really know how to act. You poor old grown-ups, you've forgotten how to do what kids know automatically."
September 7, 2003Inspiration)
"You see in asphalt roads sometimes, a patch of grass growing, and cars are driving over it daily. Yet the grash flourishes and does what it's gotta do. To me, that's kind of a good church lesson. I love interacting with this band and all the things it's bringing us -- this may be my church."Spirituality)
"I learned a lot about medical stuff, and faith, and the power of prayer, and a lot about how strong my mom is. She's the strongest person I've ever met. ... I don't know what I would be like if I hadn't gone through that. I thank God for it. Everybody has difficult years, but a lot of times the difficult years end up being the greatest years of your whole entire life, if you survive them."Off-beat)
"I just don't think that you should eat anything that's Jesus. It's okay to eat the cross as long as God is not on it."
-Liz Samuel, an employee outraged that the store she works for is selling chocolate statues of Jesus. (Source: Relevant, September/October 2003)Spirituality)
"I don't know what God is, but I know that he's at least an energy that rules all and walks the earth ... I'm not a Bible-thumper, but I do believe that the Force is with us."Celebrity)
"Everything I say becomes some sort of statement, something of vast importance. I could go on stage, unzip my pants, and hang my dick out and people would think it was some statement about something."
September 5, 2003Appearance)
"My clothing line is edgy without showing off your boobs and your butt. You don't have to take your clothes off to look more adult or sexy or beautiful."Relationships)
"I don't think either one of us knows why we split up. It was like, say you're going to a nightclub one night with your friends and you're in line and the next thing you know there are guys with helicopters and there's machine-gun fire and you don't know what happened. And that's kind of like what our breakup was like."
-Billy Bob Thorton, who starred in Monster's Ball and Bandits (as well as a little known 1991 flick, Choppper Chicks in Zombietown), describing his divorce with Angelina Jolie, of Tomb Raider fame. It was Thorton's fifth marriage and Jolie's second. (Source: Salon.com, September 4, 2003)
September 4, 2003Relationships)
"I wasn't allowed to have a guy in my room. Especially not with the door shut. And she wouldn't let me call guys. They had to call me."Artistry)
"Well, [the label] told me to tell everybody, 'This is the new me -- I've never been so happy.' But really, I was completely miserable. I was apart from the love of my life, and I was a robot, trying to do everything that everybody was telling me to do, trying to please everybody."
-Jessica Simpson describing the image change she went through with the release of her Irresistible album, which flopped. With her new album, In This Skin, Simpson is back to her old self. (Source: CosmoGirl!, September 2003)Sexuality)
"I didn't know it was going to be that long and everything ... I've never kissed a woman before ... No, I would not do it [again] -- maybe with Madonna. I think I'm still clean living. I mean I don't go home and have orgies or anything like that."
September 3, 2003Relationships)
"Everybody's crazy in some way and everybody's weird, and that kind of makes us all the same in a lot of ways. We're not alone, we just think we are."
-Mike Herrera, bassist and vocalist for MxPx, describing "Well Adjusted," a song from their new album, Before Everything and After. The song has been featured in a Diet Pepsi Super Bowl ad and will be featured in a government anti-drug spot. (Source: MTV.com, August 7, 2003)Business)
"Remember, you'll never make any money out of children's books, Jo. Keep your real job."Politics)
"America is dumb, it's like a dumb puppy that has big teeth that can bite and hurt you, aggressive."