"The whole implication [of Band Aid] was to save these people in Ethiopia, but who were they asking to save them? Some 13-year -old girl in Wigan. People like Thatcher and the royals could solve the Ethiopian problem in 10 seconds. But Band Aid shied away from saying that - for heaven's sake, it was almost directly aimed at unemployed people."
"Band Aid is the undiscussable, I'm afraid."
"Nobody younger than Bob Geldof was allowed near the stage [at Live Aid]
because otherwise The Boomtown Rats would have seemed like a collection
"I heard George Michael's 'I Want Your Sex' quite recently in the car. I
wasn't deeply impressed. I thought it sounded like Ponce, I mean Prince."
"Madonna reinforces everything absurd and offensive. Desperate womanhood.
Madonna is closer to organised prostitution than anything else."
"For me Prince conveys nothing. The fact that he's successful in America
is interesting simply because he's mildly fey and that hasn't happened
before there. Boy George, again I think he really doesn't say anything
"If Prince came from Wigan he would have been slaughtered by now."
"I detest Stevie Wonder."
"I think Diana Ross is awful."
"I hate all those records in the Top 40 - Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston.
I think they're vile in the extreme."
When asked about his favourite Thompson Twins record: "Is it possible to
have one? Well, if I'm horribly tortured and flogged to admit it . . . I
think I'd rather face further flogging."