October 25, 2007

I'm livin' like you'd like to live

Gina Osterloh, Untitled (Turqoise Room #1), 2007

* From a 1998 interview of Nick Cave:

Interviewer: Don't you think you were pushing yourself a bit too far? You wrote lyrics with blood and took a lot of drugs. For a while when I heard your name I always thought of the Neil Young song "Too Far Gone." You seemed to be so self-destructive...

CAVE: Not really. No, I don't think so. I just saw things differently then. When you're young you don't know anything about death. You don't even have an idea what death means. As you grow older, you're getting closer to it and one day you're going to wake up and realize that you'll die one day. You just wake up and realize that youth and life doesn't go on forever and you know you'll die, one day, sooner or later. The moment you find out about death, that you're going to die, it changes your life completely. I was growing older and I realized that I don't have time to waste, that my life is slipping away, that I have to use every minute of it.

You gave up drugs?

CAVE: That depends.

Interviewer: OK, let me rephrase it. You used to have a drug problem; do you still have it?

CAVE: I think I have it under control. Of course, I'm still taking drugs, but the way I'm taking drugs has changed. I know that I don't have to take them. I cannot take them for long periods of time. I can decide now if I want to take drugs, when I want to take drugs and when not. That's completely different. That's really new and not at all like what I was used to.

Interviewer: Aren't you afraid that you might slip back? That you might lose your life? If you think you're running out of time, then why risk the time that's left with drugs?

CAVE: As I said, I have control now. But I found out that I can take quite a lot. It's not like you can knock me out with a feather. It really takes a lot to bring me down. I really can take a lot.

Interviewer: You've never been one for rock 'n' roll...

CAVE: I love rock 'n' roll. I think it's an exciting art form. It's revolutionary. Still revolutionary and it changed people. It changed their hearts. But yeah, even rock 'n' roll has a lot of rubbish, really bad music...

Interviewer: Like what?

CAVE: The people, the ones who don't care for the music, the guys who don't love the music and just do it for the sake of money. Money, girls and fame.

* David Lynch shoe porn.

* "Look at all these fucking costumes". must see youtube.

* "If everyone who had a gun would just shoot themselves we wouldn't have any problems." -- George Harrison


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