“That rock and roll, eh? That rock and roll, it just won't go away. It might hibernate from time to time, sink back into the swap. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands that acquiesce to some of its rules. But it's always waiting there, just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever. Yeah, that rock and roll, it seems like it's faded away sometimes, but it will never die. And there's nothing you can do about it”
“I just wanted to do something that would freak people out. That's the best thing to do.”
“Songwriters always reminded me of that kid at school who would go around with his guitar, like, "Yeah, songwritin' man," looking wistful. That wasn't me - those kinds of people put me off.”
“Every time you write a song, you're looking for some sort of perfection, and you never quite reach it. You're always looking for that extra missing piece.”
“There is always that one band that comes along when you are 14 or 15 years old that manages to hit you in just the right way and changes your whole perception of things.”
“A lot of people tell me I'm a bit dreamy, but I like the idea of that. Of being somewhere else.”
“Sometimes writing songs is like waiting for deliveries.”
“I took the batteries out my mysticism and put them in my thinking cap.”
“What came first the chicken or the dickhead?”
“I still miss the days when a haircut was just a haircut. It was only your mates you had to face. Now there's a whole industry centred around people analysing your 'look'. I just cannot understand how anyone could get so worked up by... hair.”
“Maybe I'm too busy being yours to fall for somebody new.”
“Love's not only blind but deaf.”
“There have always been jokes all over our songs; I originally started writing lyrics to make my friends crack a smile, which is difficult.”
“Rock'n'roll will never go away completely because it's so fundamentally attractive.”
“You can't worry what people think.”
"When I die have Jamie Cook sing at my funeral so my death would be the second most tragic event."
"People think I'm a miserable bastard, but it's just the way me face falls."
"Well writing for me isn't the same as speaking. Not for me. I seem to struggle with...conversation. Talking on stage... I can't do it anymore."
"I’m restless. I’d like to think I know who I am, but I’m interested in the world at large. Doesn’t matter where I’m living. I’ve got a pen and a notebook I bought in a market in Manchester. That’s all I need."
"People get too angry about X Factor and talent shows. Just let them get on with it, you need that to kick against. People talk about how that's ruined everything but there's always been shitty pop music, whether it came from a television show or not."