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    When you get into rock 'n' roll myths, like that Rod Stewart blew his whole band and had to get his stomach pumped, it's ridiculous, but everyone's heard it.
    — Craig Finn
    My style of lyric-writing is very specific and has a lot of details, and I think people react most to that.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: people 
     
    I graduated high school in 1989, and there was no alternative rock radio, and there wasn't really good college radio you could get on a car stereo. Once you get a car at that age, you're spending all the time you can away from home, sometimes just driving around aimlessly. Listening, or not even listening, but subconsciously soaking up this classic rock barrage.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: time  age  listening  school  college 
     
    The Catholic influence just comes from being raised Catholic, going to church every Sunday, being confirmed, going to church on holy days. So it's coming from where I am. It serves the purpose of having people who have a base or foundation where they know what's right.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: people  right  influence  church  holy 
     
    My wife is very happy about me keeping all my music in my pocket.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: music  wife 
     
    The critics and hardcore music fans, those are the people you have to get to first, so we're really happy about it.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: people  music 
     
    I've written a lot about drugs and alcohol. I wouldn't say it's because we've gotten bigger or anything, but I kind of feel a little bit done with it. There are other things to talk about.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: alcohol  drugs 
     
    I think making the songs is to put strength in the community in some way.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: community  song  strength 
     
    I think, Trump ran a very nostalgic campaign. There's an idea of like, to put it bluntly: What if it was like before all our kids got strung out on drugs? You know, what if it was like that? Make America like that.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: america  ideas  kids 
     
    As a writer, if you have something on a page, you can start moving it around and get something you like. But if you have a blank page, it's just gonna be a blank page.
    — Craig Finn
    I made a decision at some point to live a nontraditional life. I've become like, the opposite of a consumer. I just want freedom. I don't want stuff. I don't want clutter. I just want to be able to move freely. I want to be good to the people I love. But I don't want stuff. I just want, you know, love and big ideas.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: people  freedom  live  decision  ideas 
     
    When people hit on feeling a certain melancholy or elation, it's a really exciting moment. I think making that connection is the goal, and what makes something great.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: people  moment  goal 
     
    Sometimes people come up and say, "You have this line in this song and it meant a lot to me." You don't always remember that line as the one. You're putting part of your human being on the page so people are going to have different responses - the other humans are going to connect with different parts.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: people  human  song 
     
    I'm able to draw outside my own personal experiences. No one wants to hear the song about what I really did today, which is go get coffee and clean my apartment.
    — Craig Finn
    I really like narrative songs, but I wonder if that's a thing for some people. Once they've heard the story, do they really need to hear the story again?
    — Craig Finn
    tags: people  wonder  song  stories 
     
    Sometimes things reveal themselves to you a little bit. I think it was Joan Didion that said, "We write to find out what we're thinking." And sometimes that happens.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: write 
     
    Springsteen on that record started writing less about having your wind in your hair and turning the radio up and more about being dragged down by adult things. Regular people trying to get ahead. A little less mythical and romantic, and more real. It's a really spectacular record for that reason.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: people  adult  real  writing  romantic 
     
    It's a template record for the intersection between pop and noise, starting out with 'Sunday Morning' - a real beautiful, almost innocent sunny day song. You have a lot of different types of things on one record. It can be really pretty, or it can be really awful inside, depending on where your head's at at the moment. I got it in ninth grade and I think I've listened to it every month since then.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: beautiful  moment  song  real 
     
    It's good to have some kind of California in there. It's almost always appropriate. It's appropriate on a sunny day or late at night. If you grew up on the Grateful Dead, which I certainly did, you listened to 10 million bootlegs. But you realize that American Beauty has some really tight, well-arranged songs that aren't meandering.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: beauty  night  song  american 
     
    People make maps of all the places I've mentioned. I knew that those people were out there. I wanted to create something for them.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: people 
     
    So maybe it's just a part of who we all are, and always were. My worry now, though, is that we are starting to nurture these neuroses of ours, and treating them like pets. That can't be a good thing.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: worries 
     
    The Replacements are the foundation for a lot of what came after in alternative and college rock. Let It Be is their best record and has the most diverse collection of songs. Some pop stuff, some heavy stuff, and some real moments of beauty like 'Sixteen Blue' and 'Androgynous.' It's a record I always go back to.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: beauty  moment  song  real  college 
     
    There are nights when I think that Sal Paradise was right / Boys and Girls in America / Have such a sad time together.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: time  sad  night  girls  right  boys  america 
     
    If we enjoy what we're doing, we shouldn't really need a break.
    — Craig Finn
    I would never talk to a girl in a bar, like a pick-up thing. But I could talk to anyone if they wore a t-shirt of a band I like.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: girls 
     
    I definitely hope to continue to release records at an accelerated pace.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: hope 
     
    The more you release records, in some ways it takes pressure off you.
    — Craig Finn
    One thing I have a tendency to do is not write choruses, or write choruses that have different words. The first chorus will have different words than the second chorus.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: write 
     
    People think of songwriting as a very personal thing: A guy gets up there with an acoustic guitar and he sings his heart out, bares his soul.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: people  heart  personal  soul 
     
    An album doesn't mean as much to a lot of people now, compared to just songs.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: people  song 
     
    There's somewhat of a real fascination with American bands and American mythology in London.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: mythology  real  american 
     
    If you wait four or five years between records, it better be a masterpiece, you know? And if you keep putting them out, you're saying, "Hey, here's 10 more songs.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: saying  song  year 
     
    You are hearing this song, and you're 16, and it's a song about love, or a girl. And then maybe there's a girl at school that you like. So you're going to be thinking about that girl. That song is sort of about that girl. The songwriter doesn't know that girl, obviously. He wrote it for something else. But there's the specific meaning with the universal again.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: meaning  girls  song  thinking  school 
     
    Words and music together create powerful, powerful things.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: powerful  music 
     
    I'm not only a songwriter but I'm a massive music fan and I love going to shows. It's different than reading a book.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: music  reading  book 
     
    In the end, when you're writing a really good song, it strikes the right tone.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: right  song  writing 
     
    I don't have a problem rhyming "bar" with "car" - I do it all the time - but sometimes it doesn't feel right.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: time  problem  right 
     
    Ironically, when I was playing in my first band, I would deliberately not write down any lyrics. I have a really good memory and I would just keep them in my head.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: memory  write  lyrics 
     
    Some people will totally get restless, since you can make demos pretty easy. It's not unreasonable for someone to say, "All right, can you just record this and go home and work on it?"
    — Craig Finn
    tags: people  work  right 
     
    There's this moment sometimes, when you do a crossword puzzle and you have the one really long word. And once you get that, the whole thing kind of comes into focus. Sometimes it's just working things over in your mind and then finding that one line that kind of ties the song together, and now it works. It's a puzzle of sorts.
    — Craig Finn
    tags: work  focus  moment  song  mind 
     
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