Actually, I find it embarrassing being a pop star. I prefer it when people just treat me like anybody else, although occasionally there is a side of me, which is indulgent and I expect certain things because of my position. It's one of the perks.
At the moment, with no girlfriend, no drink, and no drugs, I'm probably the straightest man in rock and roll!
But then, you know, I'm very happy, I've got to this stage in my life and I'm not dead. I haven't got married and divorced and done all that palimony business, you know all that mess.
But we got up there and decided to stick to this mix of power chords and funk and that's where it really started for us. In having the courage to take that decision. To take a gamble not just with our music but our lives.
Every actor I know wants to be a pop star.
Fame makes me feel wanted and loved, anybody wants that.
I am of the belief that every couple thousand years someone comes along like Buddha and goes, hey this is what it is! And everybody goes Wow!
I don't really care for airs too much, you know. What's the point of being a pain when you're trying to create something good?
I don't think success arrives and you're suddenly happy. It's not like that. If people think that they'll be very disappointed.
I get pretty terrified, to be honest, when I'm on tour. You really have to muster a lot of ego to go our there, which I find rather draining.
I hate it when people lose it, there's nothing left because they're not interesting, they're boring, I hate it, and especially smack, people on smack are the most boring in the world.
I know all's fair in love and war but when you go off and try to be by yourself and it ends up on the front page of the press it's frightening, knowing your life is under such scrutiny.
I know who I am and what I do.
I look at Jagger and the like and if I see a good attitude I'll admire it but I wouldn't copy their style.
I manage to scrape together a private life, despite the press.
I still haven't come to grips with our success.
I think there is a certain sensibility to someone you are attracted to and when it rubs off that's good.
I turn over a lot of money for a lot of people and I'm the smallest fish in it.
I was actually more into poets and things like that, and that attitude and that scene, Ferlinghetti, Bukowski... I thought it was pretty interesting so I started reading a lot of the stuff.
I'm pleased that we've been able to build a career for ourselves, and not just have one big album out of the blue.
I've done a few stupid things in my time, but you've got to have respect for yourself, otherwise you end up getting used.
I've never tried to emulate anyone. I've never idolized people, I prefer instead to get off on attitudes.
INXS never had that groupie thing. No, no we really never did. Not in a sexual way - well, alright, then, maybe years ago.
It's just as difficult to live in a self-made hell of privacy as it is to live in a self-made hell of publicity.
Men aren't very good to each other - in fact, they're terrible to each other. Men should stop competing with one another; clapping each other on the back and killing each other. They've got to start expressing things being more open the way women do about anything and everything.
Racism is essentially natural, it's old fashioned it's an evolutionary phase that we're going through. Ultimately it wont exist.
The English press, are so nosy, and the English seem to love that eavesdropping.
There is an integrity to INXS, in the music, that makes it worthwhile.
There's a certain point where you have to choose whether you're going to be a cliche or whether you're going to discover new things about yourself.
There's a self loathing that makes you take excessive unnatural drugs and just lately I've come to realize that I can do without them.
There's something intrinsically Australian about a bunch of brothers and school friends getting together as a band at a very young age and all pulling together as a band at a very young age and all pulling together as mates to make something happen.
We always thought it strange that nobody was up on that stage playing soul stuff. Maybe people were playing it in their garages, like us, but they always reverted to pure rock when they got on stage.
We played every bar, party, pub, hotel lounge, church hall, mining town - places that made Mad Max territory look like a Japanese garden.
We'd have to suck away at oxygen canisters between songs just so that we could keep playing.
What we try to do with all of our albums, is live out our musical fantasies in the most honest fashion we know how.
With INXS, there is a strong support system but with Max Q I had no one to answer to. It taught me to be much more confident about my ideas.
Women are incredible in groups together. Terrifying. Men have nothing on them.
You know I just love Hong Kong because it's just such an unusual place, all those people crammed together. It's really gung ho capitalism there, but the Chinese love it. It's strange, there seems to be so much passion and yet it's all money, money, money.
You know sometimes I just want to curl up on stage and lie there for a while - it's weird.
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