Robert Wyatt quote

"When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs, I became basically a singer. I was a drummer who did a bit of singing, and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion."

Robert Wyatt

Born: January 28, 1945

Occupation: Musician

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People say, oh it's a shame, you're not nostalgic about the '60s. Well actually, it's quite good, when you think of it. Wouldn't it be sad if I was sitting here wishing it back?

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Love is blind. My politics has been, too. I think you can fall in love with ideas, and you can fall in love with people. It's a very subjective experience. And I'm loyal to that experience.

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There are singers that I have enjoyed, from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward. But the music that made music the number one thing for me as a youth was jazz.

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My heroes are people like Picasso and Miro and people who at last really reach something in their old age, which they absolutely couldn't ever have done in their youth.

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I would like to think that the singer is the butterfly, and the drummer was just the little grub in the ground, working to become a caterpillar

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Anybody who thinks pop music's easy should try to make a pop single and find out that it isn't.

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When there is a voice in a piece of music, we tend to focus on the voice. That is probably something from when we were babies and we depended on hearing our mother's voice.

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I think the people who did well, or are happy, in a youth industry, they define themselves out of the business after a decade or so.

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Im not, by nature, a collaborator. My biggest influences were people like painters and poets. These are solitary workers.

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It just doesnt mean anything to me, the high-profile, big money side of things. I just want enough to live on, and to be able to get on with what I do, and hang around my friends.

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There are people I would like to work with. Its a bit harder, because I live out in the sticks anyway, and plus being in a wheelchair means that I cant really circulate. So I tend to stick to my own thing.

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Those nations of artists, finding their own individualism, and kind of standing against the world: to me that's the ultimate nightmare. I want to get lost and diffused in the world.

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When I'm singing I try not be a singer with a capital S. I just try to get it out so I feel comfortable with it.

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The missing links in my life's work, no less!

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I think that pop, and to some extent rock, are like sport and fashion industry in that they're about the exuberance of youth. That's the sort of subliminal ideology.

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When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs, I became basically a singer. I was a drummer who did a bit of singing, and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion.

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It was physically difficult, adjusting to wheelchair life, but I remember a great relief and happiness that I was finally getting somewhere, finding musicians to work with that were sympathetic.

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I know people who grow old and bitter. I want to keep making a fresh start. I don't want them to defeat me. That would be suicidal.

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I play music a lot but on my own mostly, so it was nice to be around other people. There was a certain sense a relief in the physical act of just playing and being with other musicians.

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Being big and famous doesn't get you more freedom, it gets you less.

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I prefer the mystic clouds of nostalgia to the real thing, to be honest.

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We did not get any money from the early records. It was all taken by crooked managers. It is just a gangster's paradise.

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I don't know how many thoughts we have a second, but it's quite an amazing number, and just to pin down the appropriate sequence of those, all you really need is a pencil and a piece of paper.

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I'm not full of malice, but I do dislike Neil Diamond a lot, and I'm sorry that I've done a Neil Diamond song.

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In the past, so many of my records, really, have been sketches for records that never really got made.

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There's no field of music which doesn't have good ideas.

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This constant pressure from record companies to come up with a hit single or something like that, I find completely tiresome.

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I really liked them, not just Syd, but all of them. Roger was very important, I thought, his contribution. And so was Rick's organ playing. It was a good band. It became something else completely, obviously.

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Even if you're specific about the character of the song, it's more exciting to place them, juxtapose them in such a way as to make an adventure out of the sequence of the songs.

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I find it hard to take rock groups very seriously or treat them with respect. There is something absurd about these gloomy young men getting together and banging away.

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