Jarvis' Quotes



  • Advice
  • "Any group that takes 15 years to become popular shouldn't give advice to anyone, should they?"


  • Aging
  • "You start looking at yourself a bit more, which is something I always never wanted to do."


  • Bodyguards
  • "It's so stupid. People like Madonna and Prince get really famous, then they suddenly decide, 'Right, I'm not going to have anything to do with anyone else, and when I walk about, I'm going to have 10 bodyguards with me.' What a boring life! You'd never get to meet anyone. What kind of danger are you in at something like the Brits? I mean, Terence Trent D'Arby's hardly going to just suddenly ninja you, is he?"


  • Bullies
  • "I tended not to let bullies bother me. I just didn't react, that way they got bored and moved on to someone else."


  • Death
  • "I used to be scared the bus would crash during the night and that was it and I wouldn't know anything about it."

  • "Maybe I've been thinking about death because we've achieved something. You think, I've done it now, I might as well top myself."


  • Drugs
  • "Oh, I've heard lots of rumors. That me, Mark and Steve are supposed to be addicted to heroin. It's amusing."

  • "I wrote a lot of the lyrics while drunk and I usually don't hold any truck with that sort of thing because it's like 'the road of excess leads to a palace of wisdom', whereas it usually leads to the graveyard or rehab clinic."

  • "I don't think drugs are good, but on the other hand I don't think you can ignore them."


  • Fame
  • "You can make yourself a bit ill and worried. You're constantly going, "Would a pop star do this? Would a pop star go in this shop? Would a pop star still go in Oxfam and have a root through shit?""

  • "People think it's all about glamour and being driven round in chauffeur-driven limousines, whereas in reality it's all about starin' in a cracked mirror backstage and trying to put your contact lenses in."

  • "I looked at myself in the mirror I certainly didn't see a sex symbol in front of me"

  • "You become aware of things you've never thought of the way you walk, the way you hold yourself, the shape of your face when you're talking"


  • Fans
  • "You can't imagine your audience. You imagine it as a mass, but it is made of individual people, and you don't know what their reasons are for getting into you in the first place."


  • Films
  • "It worries me a bit, crying at films and not events in your own life. It should be the other way round."

  • "I'd like to direct films when I'm older, because I can't carry on prancing about on stage when I'm 90. I'd like to grow old gracefully, thank you."


  • Fitting In
  • "I only formed the band so that girls would like me, because I had glasses, bad teeth and wasn't any good at sports at school."

  • "There are certain things about yourself that you think, 'Maybe if I take this thing and accentuate it as far as I can and explore and not be embarassed, then maybe you can make yourself into something a bit different.'"

  • "I only formed the band so that girls would like me, because I had glasses, bad teeth and wasn't any good at sports at school."

  • "I've always wanted to become part of the mainstream, and be accepted, but without changing"


  • Friends
  • "I ain't got no buddies, and I don't care."


  • Girl Power
  • "Girl power in terms of the Spice Girls seems to be more like, we can get our tits out whenever we want which is basically what the blokes want anyway."


  • Music
  • "Once you've recorded a song it's dead because it can't develop anymore. It has to go out and live it's own life. it's like a child that's reached it's 18th birthday and you say, "All right, it's been nice having you around, but go on, go out and earn your own living. get out of my house."

  • "Music's more than enough for me. Music has a kind of spontaneity that film-making hasn't. my songs are about real things that have happened to me, real people that I've known, just slightly embroidered. The truth has always got a little bit of beauty in it."


  • Living
  • "We don't sit around watching 'Men Behaving Badly'. I just don't like living on my own, and I'm away a lot so if I was just living as a couple it wouldn't be much fun for the other person."


  • Russell
  • "He's into adventures, he's very knowledgeable about fungus, he would always have a different take on things, and he's a very good cook."

  • "We did have to get used to Russell leaving, but it didn't really take that much time."


  • The Score
  • "I would never pretend to know the score. I have no idea of the score. I didn't even know the game had started."


  • Skinniness
  • "Being skinny is neater and tidier, and it's not got bulges all over. If women were all thin and men were all muscly, it would be like two different species, like a horse having it off with a tiger"


  • Smoking
  • "I'm not proud of the fact that I smoke. My intake varies; but it's in between 10 and 20 a day. Do I worry about it? Yeah, but not as much as other things."


  • Underwear
  • "I don't wear any, or at least, I never used to. I sometimes do now. I hate boxer shorts - they're crap. I don't see the point in them - there's no support. If you run, it's all flopping about. I prefer the trunk types - not with the legging, but kind of like Y-fronts. You can get them from Marks & Spencer in three packs. I have tangas as well, but they're disgusting, really tiny."


  • Writer's Block
  • "I probably revised the words on this one more, but there was never a point where I couldn't write anything so it wasn't writer's block, just mild constipation."



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