“Psyche,” a track which Martina [Topley-Bird] wrote the words for, I love because it’s like that flittering of the sun on your eyelids when you’re driving in a car, going through light through trees. That kind of strange memory of all the summers you’ve ever had. It can often make you feel sort of sad and quite lost and lonely at times when it comes. But there are times when you get that flickering light, and you actually feel alright with that. The fact that everything’s going by and these moments will never be repeated, but that’s OK because you’re enjoying it for what it is. You actually get to experience it in the present, and don’t worry about the past. That song has that feel to me. It’s a song about life and growing up, but it makes it feel alright, you know? It’s one of those things that makes you feel alright about it all.”—Robert answering to his “favorite tracks from [Heligoland], and the lyrics and the meaning behind them,” 2010 (via mssvattack)
“There have been arguments over [Nellee Hooper remixing “Unfinished Sympathy”]. There is a school of thought that reckons we need a club hit. Personally, I don’t see it that way. To me it’s against everything we stand for. To me music is like a clay pot. When it’s been baked, you can’t smash it up and rebuild it. You don’t hear of people remixing Led Zeppelin or the Mahavishnu Orchestra”—Mushroom, 1991 (via mssvattack)
“…3D was on the stage at Glastonbury when we played and it was really good. It was good to see his face in the midst of all the hell that was breaking loose that night. There was him and he had some party that week and he hired one of those…station wagon things, like, the big things people live in. Winnebago! He hired a Winnebago and he had a party, and of course the mud was like 10 foot thick, whatever, completely stuck.
Him and his mates got really, really drunk. Left the sound system on all night, wiped out the batteries and he’s, like, running around trying to avoid them ‘cause he doesn’t want to tell them they’re, in fact, stuck for the weekend and couldn’t get out. And he’s standing on the side of the stage going ‘Oh, oh no’ like this [looks over his shoulder] really nervous. And it was really cool. They’re good people. Having an awful day.