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    That's what culture is based on, the passing down of a certain narrative by imitation.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: culture 
     
    I want the music to be heard as close to when I made it, as much as possible. I don't want to get into some "future of the music industry" thing, or where I stand on digital this or that, but I think it's ridiculous that a lot of people in the industry plan so far ahead that it makes a lot of improvisation impossible and makes a lot of people's expectations fixed and not fluid.
    — Bradford Cox
    I don't like the sound of my own voice. And, for people I don't know, their impression of me is what they read on the internet, and they're so far off a lot of the time.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: time  people  read  internet 
     
    I think people are intimidated by me, and I don't know why. Sometimes even my own bandmates can be intimidated, or irritated, by me.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: people 
     
    Unfortunately it's hard for me to be a fanboy for anything these days just because I see so much music.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: music 
     
    I'm a really friendly guy, I guess, and I really like meeting people.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: people  meeting 
     
    I like my solitude, and I'm a strong-willed person; I'm a very hard-to-be-around person sometimes, I guess.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: people  solitude 
     
    I don't leave my room, and all I am surrounded by are guitars and equipment, y'know? It's not always the best place to be.
    — Bradford Cox
    Unlike the rest of everyone I hang around with, I don't drink, so I remember what happened after shows. And I have never hit on anyone after a show, I'm not that kind of person. Even if I was attracted to someone, I'd be too shy.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: people 
     
    I don't have anything to prove.
    — Bradford Cox
    I've been used for writing rhythm guitar chords for a long time because it's so easy to play and chords just sound good on it.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: time  writing 
     
    You're always as a musician trying to shock yourself or create music that's maybe even too weird for your own taste.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: music 
     
    Talk to Arto Lindsay and I'm sure he's tired of people asking him about DNA; he's probably really into what he's doing now, which is good stuff. I guess I probably feel like that. But I'm obviously not comparing myself to someone as iconic as that.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: people 
     
    In reality, I've probably got the lowest self-esteem of anybody I know, which has really been rubbed in my face lately in personal situations.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: reality  personal 
     
    The same people that always think I'm pretentious will think I'm pretentious, and the people who relate to me will continue to relate to me.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: people 
     
    I've got this thing where I always kind of diss the older stuff and favor the newer stuff. I mean, it's not just my thing; every artist or musician is like that, I guess.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: artist 
     
    Audiences tend to dig the earlier stuff by any given musician, and the artists themselves always tend to prefer the thing that they're doing now.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: artist 
     
    I don't think you should make music to make music, just to show that you can. That's the opposite of vitality.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: music 
     
    I always write the first and last song of an album first, and then the middle just kind of happens.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: song  write 
     
    When I go on a nostalgia trip it's not aesthetic. For me it's about trying to recapture the smell or the feeling of something that I've experienced in the past personally.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: past  nostalgia 
     
    As a homosexual, my job is simply to sodomize mediocrity.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: job 
     
    I used to be a lot more engaged on an improvisational level than other people. I was always on tour and always had a guitar in my hands, and when I went back home, my battery was at full charge. I had a lot of energy to get off, just impulses that I could draw upon.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: people  energy 
     
    I'm tired of watching attractive people trying to be ugly, struggling for authenticity. Why not be yourself?
    — Bradford Cox
    I've been going through a lot of... stuff. I need some space, which people were very kind enough to give me, and I feel really gracious about that. Nobody forces me to do things or say things or do interviews.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: people  space 
     
    I have really low self-esteem, and it's not easy for me to put myself on an album cover.
    — Bradford Cox
    You think about people like Elvis, Kurt Cobain, or the Beatles, who grew up without privilege and needed a certain validation through peoples' acceptance, or admiration from their peers. And money is part of that, but it always comes too late.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: people  acceptance  money 
     
    When money and fame happen too late, it's like pouring kerosene over a fire of self-loathing.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: fire  fame  money 
     
    I've always said I write albums; I don't write random songs and then sort them out.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: song  write 
     
    I'm working on one of the projects at a time and I'm the zone of that project. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with this, and I might experiment with it in the future, but I'm not a fan of just random assemblages of songs at the moment.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: time  future  moment  wrong  saying  song 
     
    I know so many people think my music is quite influenced by Animal Collective, but honestly I think maybe the factor is that we're both influenced by the same stuff.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: animals  people  music 
     
    Everything I do is 100% automation, which means I'm just doing it live.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: live 
     
    The sober guy is always going to have this air of arrogance or self-righteousness, but it's not my intention. I just knew that if I drank, I'd have a drinking problem.
    — Bradford Cox
    People say 'I don't want to die alone!' But you know what, honestly? I don't want to die with a bunch of people looking at me.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: people  die 
     
    I want to satisfy the listener, exactly. I want to entertain the audience. I want the people to leave the show with the feeling I used to leave shows with when I was young, and I couldn't get over it for another three or four days after it. I just kept reliving the set in my mind.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: people  young  mind 
     
    I see a lot of people doing an "'80s thing" who weren't even born until the '90s.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: people 
     
    A lot of bands wanna do something new all the time and never repeat themselves, but I'm not so interested in that. If I feel like I can do it better the second time, I'll give it another shot.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: time 
     
    When I got hit by the car, I became depressed. As a result, I've been on antidepressants and I feel like I have no sexuality left. People complain about that side effect, but I love it. I feel outside of society.
    — Bradford Cox
    Sometimes, I do have something to say, so I'll sit there and I'll write a song to someone - and then I just throw it away because it makes me cringe.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: song  write 
     
    I've been going through some personal things that have stirred up a lot of old wounds.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: personal 
     
    It's made me cynical at a young age to see how overlooked certain groups I've admired are.
    — Bradford Cox
    tags: young  age 
     
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